It seems our idle speculation may be correct.
TVLine reports former Batwoman star Ruby Rose and the production entities behind the series mutually agreed to part ways after one year because of the toll the very long and intense shooting schedule was taking on the actor. We surmised as much when word first broke yesterday of Rose’s departure from The CW series.
As we mentioned, the day-to-day workings of a network show are far from the glamorous visions both film and television offer of being in the business. It is, in the end, a job with long hours at work and away from family. A day on set can be as long as 14-hours, and though there are amenities like private trailers and (we can say from personal experience) tasty lunches, the long hours, rigorous training schedules, and time spent in the uncomfortable hero costumes definitely take their toll. Both Arrow star Stephen Amell and The Flash‘s Grant Gustin have been frank in the past about the grind; which, we’ll say again, can be as physically and mentally exhausting as any other job.
Rose, a veteran of guest stints on shows, films, and her breakout role on Orange is the New Black, believed she was up to the strain. We’re inclined to that that she, the network, Warner Bros. Television, and Berlanti Productions all entered into this in good faith. We’re also inclined to believe TVLine’s supposition that this was more of a mutual breakup than Rose’s choice alone.
Then there’s the matter of their source’s quote: “She wasn’t happy working on the show, and did that make her fun to work with? No.” To us, it sounds like an indictment, but then, we’ve heard from tales told out of school that Rose was difficult to work with on previous productions. Then again, her self-admitted history of mental health struggles may just have created a perfect storm of problems when she’s expected to be present 14-hours a day, every day, because she’s the star.
The bigger takeaway, though, is that the network was willing to course-correct while keeping the show alive. And while it will find a new Kate Kane, we wonder if it can learn from this and find ways to make production less of a grind. That would be something truly heroic.