Hollywood darling Ruby Rose is set to play Batwoman in a new crossover event for the CW, DC Comics announced today.
Rose is best known for appearing in a series of critically acclaimed TV series and genre films, from Orange is the New Black to John Wick: Chapter 2 and the upcoming shark movie, The Meg. She isn’t a stranger to the genre scene, but Batwoman marks the first time Rose will take on a superhero role. Hopefully, it won’t be her last.
She’s also incredibly well-known for her portrayal of openly queer characters, both in bigger projects and artier shorts. Rose will play the Kate Kane version of Batwoman, first introduced in 2006, and regarded as one of DC Comics’ most prominent gay superheroes. In the announcement of Rose’s casting, The CW and DC emphasized that Kane was “an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence,” keeping her identity intact.
DC Comics describes Kate Kane’s Batwoman as:
The daughter of a prominent Colonel and cousin to Bruce Wayne, in the comics, Kate has a tragic childhood in which her mother and sister are both killed after being abducted and taken hostage, leaving her to be raised by her father. Eventually accepted to West Point, Kate does very well academically until it’s discovered that she’s in a lesbian relationship with another student and chooses to leave the school rather than lie about who she is. Over time, inspired by Gotham’s most famous vigilante, Kate finds a new way to fight for justice under the guise of Batwoman.
Actor Stephen Amell (Green Arrow) first teased last year that Batwoman would appear in a special event between the Arrowverse shows (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Black Lightning). The special doesn’t have an air date at this time.