Actor Ruby Rose landed the iconic role of Batwoman, one of DC Comics’ foremost LGBTI superheroes, for TV network The CW.
The character will first appear this fall in the CW’s annual superhero crossover for their Arrowverse universe. This shared universe includes the shows Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.
The network is also developing a potential solo series for Batwoman. If it goes, Rose will have the honor of being the first actor to headline a gay superhero show.
Rose is an Australian model and DJ, who first gained fame with international audiences with her role as Stella on Orange Is the New Black.
Most recently, she appeared in John Wick: Chapter 2 and Pitch Perfect 3. She also has a role in the upcoming sci-fi horror film, The Meg, which opens in the US this week.
Step aside, Batman…
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.
Like other Bat characters, Kate is a highly skilled fighter and detective. She also uses high-tech equipment and weapons.
Last year, DC earned an award from GLSEN for their LGBTI diversity work, including characters like Kate.