The Arrowverse Casts Ruby Rose As Batwoman
The CW’s Arrowverse has found it’s Batwoman. Ruby Rose has landed the job of Gotham’s female protector for the DC crossover event in December, and potentially, her own 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 saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
The producers had said they would prefer to cast an openly out actress in the role of Kate Kane, and you don’t really find more kick-ass LGBTQ+ positive actresses than Ruby Rose. She will be a well-known face to fans of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ where she played Stella in Season 3. She also popped up as Wendy the Android in ‘Dark Matter’, played Ares in ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’, and is currently starring in the shark-based horror movie, ‘The Meg’. Additionally, she wrote, produced, and starred in the short film ‘Break Free‘, which was a tribute to gender fluidity, and became a huge viral hit.
The crossover episode comes from writer/producer Caroline Dries, whose previous work includes ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘Melrose Place’ and ‘Smallville’. She will also be heading up the spin-off Batwoman series, should that make it past the pilot stage. Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will produce for Berlanti Productions, along with Geoff Johns, former President Of DC Entertainment, through his new company, Mad Ghost Productions.
For those of you not up on your Bat-lore, Batwoman is a character who has been around in the comic books since 1956. The “Silver Age” version of the Bat-family member was Kathy Kane, however, I suspect the version we are more likely to see on tv is the 2006 Kate Kane who first popped up in the brilliant ’52’ run. Kate Kane comes from the other wealthiest family dynasty in Gotham. Kate is openly lesbian, and her former lovers include former Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya (who goes on to become superhero The Question). Inspired by the caped crusader, she fights crime using gear which she stole from her father’s military base.
Arrow’, ‘Flash’, ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ & ‘Supergirl’ all return to Sky One in Autumn 2018.