The CW casts Ruby Rose as Batwoman for new series

Ruby Rose has been cast in the lead role for The CW’s gay Batwoman series

The CW only announced that it was working on a new Batwoman series a couple of weeks ago, but things seem to be going very well indeed as it has already found its star: Ruby Rose.

Rose has been pretty well known in her home country of Australia, primarily as a model and presenter, for a while, but she quickly rose to worldwide fame in 2015 when she was cast as Stella Carlin in Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black.

Since then, she’s been happily bopping around screens with roles in the likes of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, xXx: Return Of Xander CageJohn Wick: Chapter 2Pitch Perfect 3 and Syfy’s Dark Matter. You can expect to see her next hunting down megalodons in The Meg.

Rose is set to make her first appearance as Batwoman/Kate Kane in the Arrowverse’s annual multi-episode crossover event in December this year before headlining her own Batwoman show in 2019.

For those unfamiliar with the character, Batwoman made her comics debut in July 1956 in Detective Comics #233 with her alter ego Kathy Kane, but was reintroduced as Kate Kane in 52 #7 in September 2006 and started operating in Gotham City as the modern Batwoman during Batman’s absence.

She was written as an openly gay woman of Jewish descent in an attempt to diversify the DC Comics and connect with a modern audience. Like Kate Kane, Rose is openly gay. She is also genderfluid, and prefers using she/her pronouns.

Greg Bertlani and Berlanti Productions’ Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns are set to executive produce the series, while Caroline Dries is penning the script, as well as serve as an executive producer. The series will be the latest to join Berlanti’s Arrowverse, which is currently made up of ArrowThe FlashSupergirl and DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow.

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