The openly gay actress Ruby Rose, known for her performance as Stella Carlin in Orange is the New Black, will take up the role of the first lesbian superheroine to emerge in the history of DC Comics.
The announcement that Ruby Rose will play Batwoman in The CW's Arrowverse was huge for fans and it turns out it was huge for Rose as well. "I get to be Batwoman", she said.
Rose revealed she found out about the role moments before the Los Angeles premiere of The Meg on Monday and avoided journalists on the red carpet because she kept "spontaneously crying". "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". With Batgirl, "I felt like one motto led me to the other and I just kept crying about it". I feel like I'm probably going to do it now.
Ruby Rose has won the role of a lifetime.
Ruby Rose has made no secret of her same-sex orientation.
First introduced in 1956, Batwoman largely disappeared from continuity until 2006, when she was reintroduced and reinvented. The network describes her character as: "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". She's even served as the primary featured hero for Gotham City in Detective Comics while Batman wasn't in the picture.