Aussie star Ruby Rose is officially joining The CW’s Arrowverse, cast as the DC superhero Batwoman.
It was reported in July that The CW was in the process of being the first network to have a gay superhero leading a live-action series. Well, Rose has earned the high-profile gig and is set to make her debut as the DC heroine in the annual crossover event that will take place later this year, between The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.
“This is a childhood dream,” Rose said. “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.”
The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. 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.
The CW is currently working on a series based on the character, which means Rose’s debut in that crossover could serve as a backdoor pilot of sorts. The official logline for the series:
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 savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Based on the characters from DC.
If the Batwoman series does materialise, it would likely make its debut sometime in 2019 or 2020 – although we’d put our money on 2019. On board as writer and executive producer on the project is Caroline Dries, whose resume includes Smallville and The Vampire Diaries. Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti will be on board as executive producer alongside Berlanti Productions’ Sarah Schechter, as well as Geoff Johns.
Rose has enjoyed a fruitful few years in Hollywood since her breakout turn in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Since 2016 she’s starred in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Pitch Perfect 3. She’s also about to be seen alongside Jason Statham in giant shark movie The Meg.