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Ruby Rose says her casting as Batwoman is a ‘win’ for LGBTI community

Ruby Rose says her casting as Batwoman is a ‘win’ for LGBTI community

Ruby Rose wearing Batwoman makeup

Actor Ruby Rose has said that she thinks her casting as Batwoman on a new TV show is an example of positive representation for LGBTI people everywhere.

In an interview with Australia’s TV Week magazine, she said: ‘It fulfils my life mantra of, “Be the person you needed when you were young.”’

‘I can’t speak on behalf of everyone in the LGBTIQ community, but I know any win for anyone in our community is a win for all.’

Elseworlds

Rose’s first appearance as Batwoman will be on the CW Network’s show Elseworlds, premiering 9 December. Over three consecutive nights, Elseworlds will focus on The Flash (played by Stephen Amell), Arrow (Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist).

Stephen Amell as The Flash and Ruby Rose as Batwoman on Elseworlds
Stephen Amell as The Flash and Ruby Rose as Batwoman on CW Network’s Elseworlds (Photo: CW | @rubyrose/Instagram)

Elseworlds will feature smaller roles for the characters Batwoman, Superman and Lois Lane. However, Rose – as Batwoman – will get her own dedicated show in 2019.

Batwoman, aka Kate Kane, is a gay superhero. Rose is lesbian and genderfluid in real life.

Last week, CW released the first live footage of Rose in the role.

Casting backlash

Rose, 32, is originally from Australia. She came to prominence as a presented on MTV Australia before branching act into acting. She has featured in Orange Is The New Black, Pitch Perfect 3 and The Meg.

In August, news of her casting as Batwoman was not universally welcomed. DC Comics re-introduced Batwoman in 2006 as a lesbian of Jewish descent, and some were unhappy that Rose in not Jewish.

Others voiced disapproval of a lesbian superhero on TV, while others just knocked the choice of Rose as an actor. In the ensuing backlash, Rose quit Twitter and turned off the comments on her Instagram. She took particular umbrage with those who questioned her playing a lesbian.

‘Where on Earth did “Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be Batwoman” come from,’ she tweeted before deleting her account. ‘Has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with “she’s too gay” how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change. I wish we would all support each other and our journeys.’

See also

Arrow reveals another main character is LGBTI in the latest episode

Here’s your first look at Ruby Rose in her glorious Batwoman costume

7 LGBTI heroes we want to see in Marvel’s new all-female TV series