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Ruby Rose to play lesbian superhero Batwoman for The CW’s Arrowverse crossover series

Gender-fluid star audiences are about to see in sci-fi horror The Meg will debut as Kate Kane on US network in December

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 August, 2018, 12:48pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 August, 2018, 12:48pm

In a triumph for both The CW and LGBTQ inclusion, rising action star Ruby Rose has been cast as Batwoman in the network’s upcoming Arrowverse crossover.

Rose will debut as Kate Kane in December when storylines from the CW’s numerous DC shows – The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – intersect for the annual hero team-up, the network announced on Tuesday.

After that, the gender-fluid star is likely to play Batwoman in the eponymous series being developed for the 2019-2020 TV season.

Both the crossover and Batwoman series plan to feature Rose as the Gotham City vigilante, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter “with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind”, according to the network.

The original Batwoman went by the name Kathy Kane and debuted in “Detective Comics #233” in 1956. She was reintroduced in 2006, and that iteration turned the character into Bruce Wayne’s cousin, Kate Kane, a lesbian army brat who was expelled from West Point because of her sexuality.

Last month, The CW announced its script-development deal with Smallville and Vampire Diaries alum Caroline Dries, who has been tapped to write under the auspices of Berlanti Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns will serve as executive producers.

The spin-off is still in early development, but a pilot is being planned for mid-season, CW president Mark Pedowitz said this week.

Rose, 32, scored her breakout role as Stella Carlin on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and has since appeared in Pitch Perfect 3 as well as the action flicks John Wick: Chapter 2 , XXX: Return of Xander Cage and Resident Evil: Final Chapter .

She can next be seen in Warner Bros.’ sci-fi horror film The Meg, due in cinemas on Thursday.