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Ruby Rose Cast As The First Openly-Gay Superhero To Headline A TV Series

by Tod Perry

August 8, 2018
Photo by Eva Rinaldi/Wikimedia Commons

Ruby Rose has made history after being cast as Batwoman, the first openly-gay superhero to headline a TV series. The CW is currently developing a Batwoman series scheduled to premiere in the 2019-20 season. Rose identifies as gender fluid and is best known for her roles in “Orange Is the New Black,” “Pitch Perfect 3,” and “John Wick: Chapter 2.”

Rose will make her first appearance as the character this December in the Arrow-verse Crossover Event which brings together characters from “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” 

A press release from the CW describes Batwoman — whose real name is Kate Kane — as “an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence” and “armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind.”

“But don’t call her a hero yet,” the press release continues. “In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.” Rose shared her big news in an emotional Instagram post.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

While many people are happy about the CW bringing a lesbian superhero to television, but many in the Arrow-verse fandom aren’t sold on the idea of Rose in the role quite yet.

Share image by Eva Rinaldi/Wikimedia Commons

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Ruby Rose Cast As The First Openly-Gay Superhero To Headline A TV Series