In a move that speaks volumes for LGBTQ+ representation, Ruby Rose has been cast in the title role in The CW’s upcoming ‘Batwoman’.
Perhaps most known for her role as Stella Carlin in season three of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, the Australian actress will take on the role of Kate Kane as she fights the streets of Gotham. Rose has also appeared in Pitch Perfect 3, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, and the recently-released The Meg.
The official synopsis for the show reads as follows:
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. 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.
Ruby Rose, who identifies as genderfluid, joins an already-impressive list of cast and crew for the show. ‘Batwoman’, which will see Kate Kane be openly lesbian, will be written by Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries), who is also executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns. Schechter said on Twitter earlier: “SUPER excited for
@RubyRose to join us! @carolinedries is gonna write one hell of a bad ass Batwoman and we can’t imagine a more perfect actress for the cape.”
The news follows a recent casting for another show on The CW. The upcoming season of ‘Supergirl’ will see Nicole Maines join the cast as Nia Nal, television’s very first transgender superhero (who also happens to be played by a transgender actress).
It’s great to see members of the LGBTQ+ community OWNING such great, inspired roles!