The CW has found a star for its Batwoman standalone series within the confines of the Arrowverse. Rose will first appear as Batwoman in the annual DC superhero crossover event as well as the Batwoman series that is now in development from producer Greg Berlanti. The series will be executive-produced by super producer Greg Berlanti and Caroline Dries, who will also serve as the writer on the project. This Batwoman is a modern take on the super hero, who was introduced into the DC Comic-verse in 2006.
News broke in July that creators of the new Batwoman series - which were hoping to cast an out gay actor in the title role.
The crossover event is set to happen sometime in December. In the post-Crisis comics, Kate Kane is a Jewish LBGTQ character - one of the first openly gay personas in the DC universe. The news of Ruby Rose's casting was confirmed by the official Arrow Twitter account, which posted an image of the actress alongside the titular hero she's set to play.
The multiverse of superheroes will get a bit more crowded, if that's possible, with the addition of out Aussie model and Orange Is the New Black alum Ruby Rose as lesbian superhero Kate Kane, aka Batwoman. Rose is best known for her role as the assassin Ares in John Wick: Chapter 2, as well as for movies such as xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and this month's shark thriller The Meg.
Kane, a cousin of Bruce Wayne, also targets Gotham city's criminal underbelly.
Schechter tweeted that Dries "is gonna write one hell of a bad ass Batwoman" and that they "can't imagine a more flawless actress for the cape". First things first: she's not Batgirl. Though, honestly, I don't know where Doc Wertham could've gotten the idea that a single bachelor and his practically-adult ward-spending their nights traipsing around in tights and carousing with flamboyant men wearing more makeup than the Gabor sisters-were anything more than friends.