A Win For LGBTQ+ Representation: The CW Found Batwoman & It’s Ruby Rose!
As we reported a few weeks ago, Batwoman is entering The CW‘s Arrowverse during a DC Comics crossover event between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl later this year, and the network is seriously considering adding a Batwoman-centric show to their lineup after that. Well, it looks like The CW has found their Batwoman, and not going to lie – this casting could not be more perfect. Ruby Rose has been tapped to play the comic book character, according to Deadline.
Batwoman was introduced to DC comics as an openly gay vigilante in 2006, so it’s a win for representation that the actress embodying her will be Ruby Rose, who came out as a lesbian when she was 12 years old and identifies as genderfluid. While there have been other LGBTQ+ characters in the Arrowverse including Sara Lance/Black Canary on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Captain Cold on The Flash, seeing Batwoman lead a show of her own, if the series does get picked up, is an empowering move.
And if you were wondering if Batman would make an appearance in The CW’s DC Universe as well, don’t count on it. Superman’s inclusion on Supergirl was controversial (many said it was unnecessary and anti-feminist) and CW president Mark Pedowitz said at the TCA earlier this week, “Batwoman, if the series goes forward, lives in Gotham. But there’s no plans at this point for the [other] character to appear.”
Ruby, who previously starred on Orange is the New Black, might seem like a random addition to The CW family. But considering she’s BFFs with Nina Dobrev, who starred on The Vampire Diaries, and Caroline Dries who was a writer and producer on TVD has been tapped to act as the executive producer and writer on this show, it actually makes a ton of sense. Hopefully, this means Nina could make a cameo on the Arrowverse show!