Ruby Rose to play a lesbian Batwoman in CW's annual crossover event of DC shows

Ruby Rose, who opened up about being a lesbian when she was 12 years old, has been cast to play Kate Kane/Batwoman on The CW.

Ruby Rose to play a lesbian Batwoman in CW's annual crossover event of DC shows

Ruby Rose, best known for her roles in 'Orange is the New Black,' 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage,' and 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' has been confirmed as Batwoman for The CW. The character will be making its debut in the annual crossover event of the network's four popular DC shows — 'The Flash,' 'Arrow,' 'Legends of Tomorrow,' and 'Supergirl.'

The news was confirmed by Variety, which also reported that the network is currently also developing a standalone show for the character. In the DC Universe, all iterations of Batwoman is a wealthy heiress by the name of Katherine Kane, who inspired by Batman, puts her significant wealth and resources towards a campaign to fight crime as a masked vigilante in Gotham.

Rose is set to play Batwoman (Source: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Rose is set to play Batwoman (Source: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

The character had, in fact, taken a long hiatus after the 1980s and returned only in 2006, but this time as Kate Kane. This modern Batwoman was written to have been of Jewish descent and being a lesbian as an effort to diversify its publications and appeal to modern-day audiences. But like her male counterpart, Kate is plagued by her own demons and must overcome them if she is to help her city. 

Rose is the perfect casting choice for the role considering that the producers were actively seeking out a lesbian actress to play Batwoman. The Australian actress came out as a lesbian at the age of 12 and had even suffered verbal taunts and physical abuse from her schoolmates because of her sexuality. She also attempted suicide because of the abuse and is known to suffer from bipolar disorder and clinical depression.

If the mooted show does get the green light, it could possibly premiere some time in the 2019/2020 season. Caroline Dries (Smallville, Melrose Place, The Vampire Diaries) is set to serve as the writer and executive producer on that project, with Greg Berlanti (Dawson's Creek, Riverdale) and Sarah Schechter (The Flash, Black Lightning) will also executive produce via Berlanti Productions. 

Geoff Johns (Smallville, Arrow, Flash), the former President and Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of DC Entertainment from 2016 to 2018, will also executive produce through his Mad Ghost Productions banner and Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.