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Ruby Rose’s gay Batwoman raises concerns on Jewish representation

Ruby Rose’s gay Batwoman raises concerns on Jewish representation

Ruby Rose as Batwoman | Photo: The CW

When actress Ruby Rose debuted as lesbian superhero Batwoman at the end of last year, some fans couldn’t contain the disappointment.

As CW is getting closer to announce a release date for the standalone series on the openly gay superhero of Jewish descent, Twitter has been invaded by posts complaining about the Jewish erasure.

Ruby Rose as Batwoman

The series, starring Australian actress Rose and hailing from super-producer Greg Berlanti, has been considered a lock since it was first announced.

Rose’s first appearance as Batwoman was on the CW Network’s show Elseworlds on 9 December.

Over three consecutive nights, Elseworlds focused on three beloved characters of the huge Arrowverse. The episodes centered on The Flash (played by Stephen Amell), Arrow (Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) respectively.

Mixed reactions

Despite being openly gay and have showcased her skills on OITNB, Ruby Rose isn’t of Jewish descent.

Some are pointing out the OITNB actress cast might not be the most appropriate choice, tweeting with the hashtag #KeepKateJewish.

Moreover, many are pointing out Kane’s Jewish identity has been left out from official descriptions.

According to the network’s official bio, Batwoman is an out lesbian but there’s no mention of her being Jewish.

‘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 savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.’

Fans suggested LGBTI Jewish actors

As The Mary Sue reports, fans of the DC superhero have pointed out there are several Jewish LGBTI actors who could have filled the role.

The list includes non-binary lesbian Bex Taylor-Klaus who clearly expressed interest in the role last summer.

See also

Matt Bomer on playing gay superhero: ‘It’s not the sole thing that defines him’

Fans get a first look at Supergirl’s trans superhero, Dreamer

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