Ruby Rose to debut as The CW's Batwoman

Ruby Rose to debut as The CW's Batwoman

Per Variety's report, Rose's version of the character, Kate Kane, will first appear in The CW's annual crossover between all of its Arrowverse shows. The news of Ruby Rose's casting was confirmed by the official Arrow Twitter account, which posted an image of the actress alongside the titular hero she's set to play. But don't call her a hero yet.

CW veteran Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Melrose Place, Smallville) will write and executive produce the series, with recognizable names Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns also on board as executive producers.

Rose's casting comes on the heels of CW casting activist Nicole Maines as the first trans superhero, who is set to join the network's series "Supergirl" next season. Batwoman was originally introduced by DC in 1956 as Kathy Kane, a love interest for Batman.

Expect the Arrowverse crossover to air sometime this fall on The CW.

Batwoman has already made history in the comic book world - the character was reintroduced to the DC universe in 2006 when she was established as a Jewish lesbian.

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Those character notes would make Rose's Batwoman the first gay superhero to take a leading role in a television series. In short, along with the comics-based Riverdale, they basically own CW's prime-time lineup.

"Whether it goes to series, I can not tell you", Pedowitz told USA media this week.

'The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored.

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.

'This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different'. Rose, who is herself openly gay, may be best known to audiences for her role on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. She went on to star in the shark film Meg across Jason Statham and the xXx franchise films.

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