Batwoman finally has its lead. Actress Ruby Rose (Orange is the new Black, John Wick 2) will take on the mantle of the caped crusader’s cousin, Batwoman, in her own show.
Many fans seem disappointed by the decision, however Ruby Rose’s rise to fame in recent years may benefit the show, and her enthusiasm may give many hope for a decent protrayal. Her experience and performance in the second John Wick movie may encourage some fans to get on board.
Ruby Rose expressed her excitement, on Instagram, in portraying an LGBT superhero on TV: “The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different. Thank you everyone. Thank you god.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show: “revolves around Kate Kane, who, armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, 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.”
Despite being a member of the bat family, Batwoman has been an entirely independent character and has even been the lead in her own comic series, as well as Detective Comics in 2009-2010 and more recently in Rebirth.
Batwoman will make her first appearance in the CW Arrowverse crossover later in the year. For more info, check out our other articles regarding the Batwoman show.
By Jimmy Ioannou
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