The recent departure of Ruby Rose as The CW’s Batwoman leaves behind some difficult, but not impossible, shoes to fill.
The announcement of Ruby Rose’s abrupt exit from Batwoman earlier this week left fans shocked and dismayed. Batwoman was the second highest-rated show on the network and one of the highest-rated new shows for the 2019-2020 television season. Rose had great chemistry with the supporting cast, and was able to hold her own in scenes with veteran actors like Dougray Scott and Rachel Skarsten.
This is certainly an unprecedented event in which the main lead of a show departs a hit show after the first season, presenting one of the biggest casting shakeups in years. I think the last time anything close to this happening was the departure of Shannen Doherty from the original Charmed following the show’s third season. While Charmed adapted by adding Rose McGowan as a heretofore unknown fourth sister, she wasn’t a direct recast of Doherty’s role as Prue Halliwell, but rather an entirely new character.
While we currently don’t know the exact circumstances of Rose’s separation (and we may never know), The CW has decided to recast the role entirely for Batwoman‘s already announced second season.
On the plus side, the network remains committed to keeping an authentic take on the character and is searching for another LGBTQ actress to play the part. It would also probably be less-jarring to the viewers to have an actress that at least somewhat resembles Rose. However, whoever they turn are, they’re going to have some major shoes to fill.
Culturess takes a look at some of the prime candidates to step into the role of Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman.