Ruby Rose’s ‘Batwoman’ allegations reveal bigger Arrowverse problem

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More than a year after leaving the DC TV series Batwoman, now in her third season on The CW, Ruby Rose has opened up about dangerous and toxic working conditions that made the dream of playing a superhero a nightmare.

What happened? – On October 20, the former Batwoman Star Ruby rose, who only starred on the show for its first season, shared a series of Instagram posts about their experience as the frontman of a mainstream superhero show.

Overall, the posts paint a picture of a tough work environment, where Rose was forced to work so soon after the surgeries and bear witness to the life-changing injuries of various crew members. Rose also names co-stars which they describe as “egomanic[s]And “a nightmare” to work with, including one that “abused women”.

In her first season, Ruby Rose starred in the DC superhero series Batwoman. The series is currently in its third season with a new actress playing a new crime-fighting character as Batwoman.The CW

The allegations are numerous:

  • Rose begins by naming showrunner Caroline Dries and franchise producers Sarah Schechter and Greg Berlanti: “Enough is enough. I’m going to tell the whole world what really happened on this set.
  • Rose accuses former executive Peter Roth (who resigned in early 2021) of hiring a private investigator to spy on Rose, whom he fired “as soon as the report didn’t match your story.” Rose also describes a disturbing story of Roth having “steamy young women [his] pants around [his] crotch while [he was] still wearing said pants.
  • Rose shared a video (date unknown) of their x-rays, breaking down the injuries, which included a ‘broken neck’, ‘broken rib split in half’ and ‘tumor’.
  • Rose says they returned to the set after just ten days of operation due to pressure from the network. “The whole crew and the cast would be fired and I would drop everyone, because Peter Roth said he wasn’t recasting and I just lost the millions of studios (injuring myself on his set),” writes Pink. They offered to let their character be delisted for a few weeks “to heal,” but the studio rejected the idea.
  • Rose was not allowed to attend Comic-Con in person due to their schedule, which the studio would not be revamping. In an Instagram video – which Rose was forced to record otherwise ‘they would be silent’ about the absence – Rose was asked to cover their surgical scars.
  • Rose accuses Dries, who Rose said only visited the set “4 times a year” for forcing production to continue at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I told her everyone was too distracted, constantly checking for Covid updates,” Rose wrote. Production was later stopped only after an order from the government.
  • Although Rose’s injury occurred on set, Rose says Dries blamed Rose doing yoga. “I don’t do yoga,” Rose writes.
  • Rose admits that they “fought with people on set, not because I wanted to, but because I wanted safety.”
  • Rose names co-stars Dougray Scott, who played their character’s father, as “unprofessional” who “hurt a female understudy” and “screamed like a little bitch at women.” “He left when he wanted and arrived when he wanted,” writes Rose. Scott left the series in 2021.
  • Rose says co-star Camrus Johnson is an “egotistical kid” who had the “audacity” to blame Rose and their injuries for the show’s production delays.
  • Rose says they were never transported despite being legally unable to drive after their surgery. “So they said, ‘take a cab’,” Rose said.

Reverse has contacted The CW for comment, and Warner Bros. Television Group responded with the following statement:

“Despite the revisionist story that Ruby Rose now shares online for producers, cast and crew, the network and the Studio, the truth is that Warner Bros. Television had decided not to exercise its option. to hire Ruby for season two of BATWOMAN based on multiple complaints about workplace behavior that have been extensively investigated and dealt with in private out of respect for all concerned.

the Reverse To analyse – Rose isn’t the first person to speak about The CW’s handling of its popular TV shows. At this rate, they may not be the last. One of the first instances the Arrowverse had issues behind the camera was the producer’s sacking in 2017 Andrew Kreisberg, following numerous allegations of sexual harassment.

Earlier in 2021, the actor Dominique purcell from the Serie Legends of tomorrow had a strange Instagram post (later deleted) in which Purcell said “the studio doesn’t care.” He then went back to his messages, saying it was a joke.

Superhero media insider Daniel Richtman posted on his Patreon page (via GiantFreakingRobot) early 2021 of the popular Arrowverse’s “behind-the-scenes issues”. “[A]actors wanting to leave because of the way producers and the greats act, ”Richtman wrote.

Rumors of behind-the-scenes issues on The CW’s Arrowverse shows have been circulating for some time.The CW

At present, there is a generalized calculation regarding the workforce in the Hollywood film and television industry. In recent weeks, a potential imminent strike by union members of the IATSE (International Alliance of Theater Employees), representatives of technicians, artists and other craftsmen in the entertainment industry has emerged. triggered. Poignant stories long hours, accidents, fatigue, low wages, etc., have led entertainment workers to speak out against toxic work environments.

While a strike was narrowly avoided, the tentative deal in place left union members dissatisfied with the proposed agreements.

A 2017 story on Riverdale star KJ Apa fall asleep driving home supports Rose’s account that she was not provided with safe transportation home. Rose’s experience, while specific to them, largely illustrates how dangerous conditions can be even for the frontman of a TV show.

Rose first played the role in a 2018 crossover special before Batwoman first season between 2019 and 2020. Rose left the series afterwards, with a new main character written for and played by actress Javicia Leslie.

In their messages, Rose insists that they “did not quit”.

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