Batwoman's Ruby Rose reveals back injury sustained on show was part of the reason she quit after one season

BATWOMAN's Ruby Rose has revealed that a back injury was part of the reason why she quit the show after just one season.

The star had made history by becoming the first star to play an openly gay superhero and headline a TV series, but her run was short-lived as she announced her departure in May.

The actress, 34, revealed she was on set and shooting new scenes just days after undergoing a back operation.

She told Entertainment Weekly: "Being the lead of a superhero show is tough, being the lead in anything is tough.

"But I think, in that particular instance, it was a lot more difficult because I was still recovering from my surgery."

Ruby continued: "I had my surgery and then 10 days later I went to work, which maybe wasn’t the best idea. Most people take about a month or three off before they return to work."

Aside from being injured, the Australian also alluded to the coronavirus pandemic as a reason for her decision to quit.

The TV presenter wrote a lengthy statement earlier this year explaining her departure from the show.

She penned: "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."

She ended the letter with: "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."

It was confirmed last month that Javicia Leslie will be the new lead in Batwoman.

After hearing the good news, Leslie told Variety: "I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television.

"As a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community."

Her character will be named Ryan Wilder, according to Variety and she is described as "likeable, messy, a little goofy and untamed".

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