Ruby Rose Cast as Batwoman for CW Arrowverse Series

Sergio Cunningham
August 8, 2018

Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose will be playing the titular hero, the network announced Tuesday.

Ruby Rose has revealed that she been cast as Batwoman for an upcoming TV series in which the superhero will be the first openly lesbian hero on screens. Rose is best known for her role as the assassin Ares in John Wick: Chapter 2, as well as for movies such as xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and this month's shark thriller The Meg. "Vampire Diaries" creator Caroline Dries, who will write and executive produce "Batwoman", is gay. Kane is described as a highly-trained street fighter with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind.

But don't call her a hero yet.

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The character of Batwoman was first introduced in Detective Comics #233 in 1956 as Katherine (later Kate) Kane, a wealthy Gotham City heiress who, inspired by Batman's heroic deeds, created for herself a superhero alter-ego. In December, Rose will team up with the pre-existing CW shows including "Arrow", "The Flash", "Legends of Tomorrow" and "Supergirl". While the project is still in the script stage, with a star of Rose's caliber attached and DC Universe architect Greg Berlanti behind it, it is likely to go to pilot and series.

Plans are also afoot to give Kane/Batwoman a series of her own. She also starred in the film, which became a viral hit, and was awarded with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards. I mean if I was writing one of those casting blogs that were all the rage ten years ago she'd pretty much be my top selection. She once aspired to have a successful military career, but those dreams sadly came to an end as she was kicked out of West Point once she came out of the closet. The character was reimagined for DC " s New 52 as Kate Kane, a Jewish lesbian who protects Gotham City as Batwoman. "I'm unconvinced by what I've seen of Ruby Rose's acting, however".

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