The CW has found its Batwoman.
Ruby Rose has been tapped to play Kate Kane AKA Batwoman, and will be the first openly lesbian superhero on television, for The CW’s Batwoman. Rose’s character will debut in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover event on the network set to air in December.
Rose’s casting comes after reports indicated that the network had made it a top priority of casting an openly gay actress to play Batwoman. Rose, who is herself openly gay, may be best known for her role on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. She also has appeared in Pitch Perfect 3, John Wick: Chapter 2, and will next appear in The Meg.
With Rose’s casting, The CW further cements its reputation for diverse characters and actors. The network recently cast transgender actress Nicole Maines to play the first live-action trans superhero on the network’s Supergirl next season.In comics, Batwoman is the first major DC superhero to be openly gay. Introduced to readers in 1956, Batwoman largely disappeared from comics until 2006, when she was reintroduced. Kate Kane, an openly gay Jewish woman, has a military background and has proven herself quite the superhero. She’s even served as the primary featured hero for Gotham City in Detective Comics on occasion.
In The CW said the series is in the early stages of development, but that the character appears to be leaning heavily into that comic book representation. In a casting description for Batwoman, Kate Kane is described as proudly openly gay and having once aspired to have a successful military career, dreams that were snuffed when she was kicked out of West Point for coming out.