Fans may not get to see Ruby Rose in action as Batwoman until December, but the CW today released the first photo of their newest hero.
Rose was first cast in the role in August. She’s playing the role of Batwoman for the CW’s Arrowverse, consisting of the shows Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.
She’ll make her debut as the lesbian hero during the universe’s annual crossover event.
Batwoman’s civilian name is Kate Kane and she’s the first openly gay mainstream hero for DC.
Writer Edmond Hamilton and artist Sheldon Moldoff first created her in 1956, when she was intended as a love interest for Batman. In 1985, the miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earts retroactively established she never existed.
Eventually, DC brought her back in 2006 and made her an out lesbian superhero of Jewish descent.
In 2013, she made history when she proposed to her girlfriend Maggie.
Ready to see what she looks like?
Here she is in all her glory, Ruby Rose as Batwoman:
Rose’s initial casting announcement led the model-turned-actor to leave Twitter after receiving backlash.
Fortunately, fans seem much more enthusiastic after seeing her in her new threads.
HOLY COW! This looks incredible! I love how DC is FINALLY making their outfits actually comic accurate. Between this Batwoman for the shows and Aquaman in the movies, this is a good time to be a Comic Book Fan! pic.twitter.com/QOYU7euNeU
— Comicstorian (@Comicstorian) October 9, 2018
— LodiX (@lodix1) October 9, 2018
— Abigail Chandler (@Abby_Chandler) October 9, 2018
Award-winning designer Colleen Atwood made the costume for Batwoman. Her work is also present on Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl.
At a recent LGBTI event, Arrowverse creator Greg Berlanti had no time for criticism against Rose.
‘Whenever you’re bringing change about in any form, there are always conversations that happen,’ he said. ‘It’s always part of the process, so just focus on the story and make the best episode that you can. [Ruby] is terrific in the role, and we’re excited for people to see the story.’
After showing up in the crossover on 9 December, Rose will tackle a stand-alone series for Batwoman. The Vampire Diaries’ Caroline Dries is behind this solo project.