CW’s Batwoman has recently ended its very first season, unexpectedly shorter than intended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with only 20 out of the 22 episodes aired. Amid the season 1 conclusion, CW has announced a season 2 renewal of the Gotham-based series for 2021 together with the other Arrowverse shows including the new “Superman and Lois” series.

Ahead of the second season, however, Batwoman lead Ruby Rose has unexpectedly expressed her departure from the series. Warner Bros and Berlanti Productions will be recasting the role of Kate Kane for the next season with another LGBTQ actor like Rose.

Rose has also released a statement on her exit from the series:

I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season. 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. 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. and Berlanti Productions has also responded to Rose’s exit with their official statement:

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. 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.

While the replacement lead remains to be seen, Batwoman season 2 is shaping up to expanding even further with the introduction of Tommy Elliot/Hush adorning Bruce Wayne’s face, and the Superman-Batwoman crossover slated for next year.