The Arrowverse suffered a major blow just days after the first season finale of Batwoman aired on The CW, when it was revealed that starring actress Ruby Rose would be exiting the title role in the series. With production on Season 2 not yet underway, producers will have to deal with the serious dilemma of recasting the role and determining how they'll acknowledge such a decision moving forward. But the news was made all more awkward when the popular long-running game show Jeopardy! featured a question about Rose's exit from the Batwoman series.
The question, which was shared on Twitter by TVLine's Michael Ausiello, specifically mentioned that "Ruby Rose dons the cowl" on the series, something that is no longer true, as of today.
Granted, Jeopardy! does tape its episodes months in advance (something that has been a topic of conversation amid the current COVID-19 pandemic), so this really is nothing more than just an instance of bad timing. Still, it's almost a little eerie that the question would make an appearance on the same exact day as Rose's exit.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said in a statement. “This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”
“I am beyond appreciative to Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created,” she continued. “Thank you Peter Roth and Mark Pedowitz and the teams at Warner Bros. and The CW who put so much into the show and always believed in me. Thank you to everyone who made season one a success – I am truly grateful.”
“Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best,” Berlanti Productions and WBTV said in a statement. “The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”
Batwoman is expected to return with new episodes in January of 2021.