Ruby Rose's sudden departure from CW's Batwoman came as quite the shock. Since then, fans have been left wondering not only who will be cast to take over the superhero role, but also how exactly the show will explain the change. Though both questions are somewhat up in the air at the moment, Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz has all but offered herself as an answer to the former. If you were not convinced of her Batwoman potential before, this new piece of artwork from BossLogic will surely win you over.
The digital artist's take on Stephanie Beatriz as the DC crimefighter adheres pretty closely with what we have seen so far on the show, adding a little bit more red to the costume as well as a pair of fierce, white eyes. Beatriz looks great dressed in the full Batwoman gear, with the addition of two Batarangs completing the image perfectly.
Beatriz herself has already commented on the image, saying, "reads everything about Batwoman". Beatriz is known for her role as the stoic detective Rosa Diaz on NBC's critically-acclaimed cop-based comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Alongside this, the actor has also done plenty of voice work, including such hit animated shows as BoJack Horseman, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, and Ducktales. She clearly has a real enthusiasm for the role, even responding to a fan on social media where she claimed she had "Legit dyed my hair red last month". Whilst the recasting of Batwoman remains unsolved, Beatriz wants the role, and frankly, the CW would be fools for not giving it to her.
Though the reasons behind Ruby Rose's departure from the show are still somewhat unknown, reports have suggested that it was a mutual decision between both parties, and have both since made statements, with Rose saying "I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season," she announced.
"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."
The CW, Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions added in a statement that "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."
Batwoman first premiered on The CW in October of 2019 and showed a Gotham City in which Batman/Bruce Wayne has left, leaving his cousin Kate Kane to take the mantle of Gotham's savior. Originally, season 2 was planned for a fall debut, but, due to production shutdown, the CW has had to push the majority of its programming to 2021.