The CW yesterday announced that Ruby Rose (The Meg, Orange is the New Black) was cast as Batwoman and will make her first appearance as the character in the annual DC crossover event in December. She will also play the role in the Batwoman series in development for the 2019-20 season. Following the announcement, Ruby Rose took to Instagram (via ComingSoon.net) and called the Batwoman casting “a childhood dream.”
“The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored,” she said. “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.”
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.
Caroline Dries is executive producer and writer of the Batwoman series, which is also executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns. The series comes from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The Kate Kane iteration of Batwoman was first introduced in 2006 in the weekly comic series 52 and to this date remains one of DC’s most prominent gay superheroes. The daughter of a prominent Colonel and cousin to Bruce Wayne, in the comics, Kate has a tragic childhood in which her mother and sister are both killed after being abducted and taken hostage, leaving her to be raised by her father. Eventually accepted to West Point, Kate does very well academically until it’s discovered that she’s in a lesbian relationship with another student and chooses to leave the school rather than lie about who she is. Over time, inspired by Gotham’s most famous vigilante, Kate finds a new way to fight for justice under the guise of Batwoman.
Since then, Kate Kane’s Batwoman has remained an important part of the Bat-family, anchoring both Detective Comics on occasion and her own self-titled ongoing. She also appeared in the recent animated movie Batman: Bad Blood and in DC video games like DC Universe Online and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville) will write the script and executive produce the Batwoman series. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will also executive produce via Berlanti Productions, as will Geoff Johns. Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Ruby Rose’s credits include xXx: The Return of Xander, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, John Wick: Chapter Two, and Pitch Perfect 3.