In an Instagram post late Wednesday (May 27), Rose finally broke her silence about leaving her starring role, writing, "It wasn't an easy decision but those who know, know." She then added, "I have stayed silent because that's my choice for now but know I adore you all," before closing the post with "hangs up cowl and cape."
Thank you everyone for coming on this journey. If I mentioned everyone it would be 1000 tags.. but Thank you to the cast, crew, producers and studio. It wasn't an easy decision but those who know, know.. I didn't want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community. I have stayed silent because that's my choice for now but know I adore you all. I'm sure next season will be amazing also. Xxx *hangs up cowl and cape. Also @mysmarvel
As you can see, Rose fails to provide any real answer as to exactly why she is leaving the show. However, rumours are swirling that Rose is stepping down because she sustained a serious back injury while on set shooting Batwoman during a stunt scene.
An anonymous source told TV Line, however, that the decision to leave the show was not entirely up to Rose.
"It was a breakup. She wasn't happy working on the show, and did that make her fun to work with? No," the source said. "So everyone decided it would be in the best interests of the show, and for all concerned, if they parted ways. It just wasn't a good fit."
As previously reported, Warner Bros. TV/Berlanti Prods. will now recast the role, with Batwoman still set to return for Season 2.
Rose made headlines when she was first cast as Batwoman in 2018, making the actress the first gay lead character — male or female — of a live-action superhero series. At the time, though, she was met with a wave of backlash, forcing Rose to even quit Twitter.