You may have caught Ruby Rose as Batwoman last month during the Elseworlds crossover event, where she appeared as a black- and red-clad, ass-kicking powerhouse. Casting announcements for Batwoman were made last summer, but now we have news that the CW has officially picked up a pilot episode of the series, which means we will hopefully be seeing more of Ruby Rose as Batwoman soon.
In the show, Rose plays Kate Kane and her alter ego Batwoman. Batwoman is no ordinary superhero, however. Instead, she is an intense streetfighter with a deep concern for social justice. Batwoman also has to battle her own internal demons as she fights to protect her Gotham. In addition to her social justice bent and her badass style, Batwoman is also the first openly queer lead character in a live-action superhero show. Rose herself identifies as a lesbian, and she wrote after the casting that getting to play Batwoman was “a childhood dream.”
Of course, no superhero casting decision is without controversy. Rose actually deleted her Twitter account after the casting for Batwoman was announced. Trolls had taken the opportunity to criticize Rose after the announcement was made, saying that Rose wasn’t “gay enough” for the role of Batwoman.
Before deleting her Twitter, Rose responded to the criticism, saying in part, “Where on earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be batwoman‘ come from — has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’ how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change. I wish we would all support each other and our journeys.”
Despite the drama, Rose has fully committed to the role and will no doubt impress queer women throughout the country when the pilot airs later this year. If you need a Ruby Rose fix in the meantime, The CW will be showing reruns of the Elseworlds crossover event starting this month.