The DC TV universe has found its Batwoman. The CW’s Kate Kane will be played by Ruby Rose, whose rise to fame includes hit shows such as Orange is the New Black and roles in massive movie franchises such as Pitch Perfect or John Wick.
In May, The CW announced that they would be introducing the iconic DC Comics character in this year’s big crossover special, which will include Supergirl, Arrow, and The Flash (but not, like last year, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow). Shortly after, it was announced that the ‘superhero network’ was developing a full Batwoman series.
The series will be written by Caroline Dries, whose previous credits include The Vampire Diaries, Melrose Place, and Smallville. She’s clearly no newcomer to the superhero genre. Dries also functions as executive producer alongside the usual suspects Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns.
Kate Kane is described as “an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence”, with the failing city in question being none other than Gotham. Kate is “armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind”, but her journey to heroism won’t be smooth sailing. “In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
The casting call was looking for an “out lesbian actress, open ethnicity, to play age 25 to 29”, which had fans excited to see someone authentic representing an openly-out character. And when the role was first announced Ruby Rose was one name that seemed to be popping up, for example on TVLine.
Rose, an openly gay and gender-fluid actress, seems like a wonderful fit for the role. Apart from her sexuality being an integral part of her identity, she has also proven her ability to fight some seriously big dudes in John Wick Chapter 2, where she went head-to-head with Keanu Reeves – no easy feat.
As previously mentioned, Rose will first don the iconic suit in the DCTV crossover event, scheduled for December, before likely taking on the role full-time either starting mid-season, or the following year. Here’s to hoping The CW will invest in some amazing female writers and directors to keep the authenticity of the series alive and away from the daunting male gaze.