Brace yourselves DC fans: a member from the Bat family is set to join The CW’s “Arrowverse“.
Ruby Rose, who came out at age 12 and identifies as gender-fluid, has been cast to play the network’s first lesbian superhero, Batwoman. In addition, The CW is also developing a “Batwoman” series slated for a potential 2019-2020 TV season.
The CW’s official description reads:
“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Based on the characters from DC.”
The 32-year-old actress took to her Instagram account to comment on her new role. “The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honoured. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream. 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. Thank you everyone. Thank you God,” she wrote.
Batwoman was originally announced as the special guest for The CW’s 4-way DC series crossover event, which includes this DC character teaming up with Green Arrow (played by Stephen Amell), The Flash (played by Grant Gustin), Supergirl (played by Melissa Benoist) and the DC Legends.
The standalone series is being developed by “The Vampire Diaries”‘s Caroline Dries (who is writing the script), with producer Greg Berlanti (who oversees most of the DC Comics television programs for Warner Bros.), Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns.
To date, Batwoman is the 3rd member from the Bat family to receive an onscreen adaptation. The first 2 characters are Batman himself and Batgirl.