Ruby Rose, star of Vancouver-shot Batwoman, leaves series after Season 1

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      Holy farewells, Batwoman!

      Australian actor Ruby Rose made a surprise announcement today (May 19) that she has decided to leave her lead role in the Vancouver-filmed series Batwoman.

      Rose did not state the reason for her departure from the CW series.

      Warner Bros. Television, the CW, and Berlanti Productions thanked her for her contributions and are expecting to cast a new lead within a few months. 

      After shooting its pilot and being greenlit to become a series, Batwoman began filming its first season in Vancouver in July 2019. As production was truncated because of the pandemic, Season 1 consisted of 20 episodes, instead of the originally slated 22 episodes.

      The series premiered on the CW on October 6, 2019, and the season finale aired on May 17.

      The series was part of the Arrowverse, and arrived while the Arrow TV series, starring Stephen Amell, completed its final season.

      Rose underwent emergency surgery in September after an injury from performing stunts left her at risk of paralysis. 

      Rose, who identifies as a lesbian, portrayed the first out LGBT series lead character in the DC-based superhero universe.

      She has previously appeared in Orange Is the New Black, John Wick: Chapter 2, and The Meg.