DC Comics has cast Ruby Rose to play Batwoman in a new Arrowverse crossover event for The CW. She has a lot of responsibility on her shoulders, as Batwoman is the first openly lesbian superhero that'll ever be depicted on mainstream TV.
Rose, last seen as Stella Carlin in Orange Is the New Black and Calamity in Pitch Perfect 3, isn't a stranger to the genre film scene, but Batwoman marks the first time she's stepping into the role of a superhero.
Ruby Rose To Portray Batwoman In Crossover Event
Rose is also well-known for her nuanced, compelling portrayals of openly queer characters. She is set to play the Kate Kane version of Batwoman, who was first introduced in 2006 and eventually became acclaimed for being one of DC Comics's most prominent gay superheroes.
Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti is also plotting a new standalone series centered on Batwoman, which is currently in development with The Vampire Diaries executive producer Caroline Dries, who is tasked to create the script. It will focus on, as mentioned, Kane, who soars onto the streets of Gotham as the out lesbian superhero Batwoman to snuff out the city's criminal resurgence.
Batwoman Standalone Series
Batwoman hasn't been elevated to a full series, but suppose it does, it's set to join a slate of TV series at the The CW that includes Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning.
The casting of Rose comes after the network made it clear that it was going to look for an openly queer actress to take on the role of Batwoman. DC Comics is perhaps the most progressive entertainment outfit right now. It also recently cast a transgender actress to play a transgender superhero, with Nicole Maines joining the next season of Supergirl as a series regular.
Stephen Amell, who plays Green Arrow, was the first to tease last year that Batwoman would appear in a crossover event between nearly all the Arrowverse shows, including Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Black Lightning. It's not certain when this special is going to air.
"The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I'm also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different. Thank you everyone. Thank you god," Rose posted on Instagram.