It’s official: Ruby Rose is set to play Batwoman.
And the latest to be added to the ever-increasing list? Batwoman.
Actress Ruby Rose will be taking on the role as part for CW. Earlier this year, the network made it a priority to cast an openly gay actress to take on the role. Rose – who has starred in Pitch Perfect 3 and Orange Is The New Black – is openly gay and part of the transgender community, too.
The character will be introduced in the annual crossover event later this year between three of the network’s DC shows: The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl, according to Entertainment Weekly.
And the network is currently making a stand-alone series around the character of Kate Kane. If successful, it will mark the first TV series focusing on an LGBTQ superhero.
“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence,” according to CW’s official description. “But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Based on the characters from DC.”
Batwoman first appeared in the DC Comics universe as a romantic interest for Batman to shut down suggestions of his homosexuality. Since 2006, Batwoman has been openly gay in the comic books after when was reintroduced as a lesbian of Jewish descent who found a love interest in former Gotham police detective Renee Montoya.
Rose celebrated the news on Instagram, saying that she was “beyond thrilled and honoured.”
“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.”
Mark your calendars because Rose will make her on-screen debut as Batwoman in December this year on US television.