Ruby Rose Cast as "Batwoman" on The CW

Tabitha Dunn
August 8, 2018

In addition to the crossover, Rose will presumably star in a standalone series now in the works at the CW.

The CW are developing a new Batwoman series to join their current crop of DC Comics shows, with plans for it to debut in 2019 - making DC Comics not only the first franchise to have female-fronted superhero on screen (Wonder Woman) but also the first to have a LGBTQ series. Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) will serve as the writer and will exec produce, along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns. Based on the characters from DC.

If you're a comic book geek, that's a significant detail as it dramatically increases the chances that either Batwoman's own series or the other Arrowverse shows could at some point feature Batman himself. It was just announced that the 32-year-old actress will be filling the highly-coveted role in the CW crossover event with the Arrowverse, as well as in a standalone series.

As the Batman series started taking itself far too seriously, Batwoman was phased out in 1964, only to return in 2006 as, ironically (considering the character's roots), an out Jewish lesbian.

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The CW also confirmed that the character will be a lesbian - meaning that if the show is picked up, she will be the first gay character to lead a live-action superhero TV show.

But don't call her a hero yet.

The CW has found its Batwoman: "Orange Is the New Black" star Ruby Rose will take on the iconic DC Comics role.

The announcement comes after the network said it was searching for an openly lesbian actress to play Batwoman, whose real name is Kara Kane and who fights crime on the streets of Gotham. I'm pretty sure she may have secretly actually been Batwoman this entire time. She first appeared as a love interest for Bruce Wayne in the 1950's after censorship reached an all-time high. We're looking forward to seeing what Ruby Rose can do with this beloved character!

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