Gotham has its vigilante heroes to protect the people of the city. But it seems like no one was looking out for the cast and crew on the set of Batwoman.
The CW superhero series premiered in 2019, with Ruby Rose in the lead role of Kate Kane. But Rose exited the series after just one season, forcing the production to find a new Batwoman in Javicia Leslie. Later the show announced the character of Kate Kane would return, but portrayed by actor Wallis Day.
That level of turnover in a central role is never a good sign for a production, but we now have reason to believe these shifts happened due to more than just creative differences. Over a year after their official departure from the show, Rose took to social media to explain what happened.
“Enough is enough,” begins the first of a lengthy series of posts to Rose’s story. “I’m going to tell the whole world what really happened on that set.”
Rose addressed their comments to the CW and tagged Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries, as well as executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.
The actor went on to describe a number of issues on the set of Batwoman, including alleged inappropriate behavior by Warner Bros Television President Peter Roth and instances of bullying and other toxic behavior from the creative team.
Rose emphasized a lack of appropriate safety for both actors and crew members when it came to the show’s stunts, citing several different severe injuries she herself and others experienced. In their posts, Rose described a crew member who received 3rd degree burns all over his body; another woman who “was left quadriplegic”; and that the show was slow to adopt COVID safety measures, only doing so when legally required.
Rose’s own severe set injury had already been documented, requiring emergency surgery back in September 2019 to avoid paralysis. Their recent posts expand on this experience, alleging that they only returned to work 10 days after their surgery because of threats from the network that otherwise the production halt would mean everyone involved in the show would lose their jobs.
“In closing, please to my dear, dear fans stop asking if I will return to that awful show,” Rose’s post reads. “I wouldn’t return for any amount of money nor if a gun were to my head. NOR DID I QUIT. I DID NOT QUIT. They ruined Kate Kane and they destroyed Batwoman… any threats, any bullying tactics or blackmail will not make me stand down.”
You can view screenshots of Rose’s posts captured by Discussing Film below.
Following Rose’s social posts, Warner Bros. Television released a statement. Their response said Rose had been removed from Batwoman due to complaints about the actor’s workplace behavior. Read the studio’s statement, copied via Deadline, below:
Despite the revisionist history that Ruby Rose is now sharing online aimed at the producers, the cast and crew, the network, and the Studio, the truth is that Warner Bros. Television had decided not to exercise its option to engage Ruby for season two of Batwoman based on multiple complaints about workplace behavior that were extensively reviewed and handled privately out of respect for all concerned.
We will continue to monitor this story and provide any further updates as it develops.