It looks like The CW has found their Batwoman in Ruby Rose.
While the character has made appearances in animated shows, Rose will play the first live-action incarnation of the character as part of The CW’s annual DC Arrowverse crossover event in December, according to Deadline. She is also set up to star in her own Batwoman solo series in development for next season.
While the project is still in script stage, the combination of Rose and DC Universe’s Greg Berlanti will likely allow the pilot and series to follow. Deadline speculates the crossover may not necessarily be a backdoor pilot to the show and may have its own dedicated pilot like The Flash.
Rose, best known for her breakout in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, will play the first gay lead character of a live-action superhero series. The first incarnation of Batwoman was Kathy Kane, who was created by Edmond Hamilton and Sheldon Moldoff in 1956. The second incarnation of the character is Kate Kane, whom Rose will be playing, was created by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Keith Giffen in 2006. Kate was introduced as a Jewish lesbian becoming the first LGBTQ DC superhero to lead her own comic. Kathy and Kate still have a presence in DC Comics.
Catherine Dries will write CW’s Batwoman as Kate will discover her journey through a battle with her own demons before donning the cape as the hero for Gotham.
Rose, who came out as a lesbian at age 12, describes herself as gender fluid. Hollywood noticed after she won critical acclaim for her short film, Break Free, which she also wrote, produced and starred in, winning the Stephen F. Kolzack Award at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards. In addition to her role in Orange is the New Black, Rose appeared in other major roles XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, John Wick: Chapter Two, Pitch Perfect 3 and the upcoming shark thriller, The Meg.
What do you think of the casting? Will she make the perfect Kate Kane/Batwoman?