The CW has found its Batwoman: "Orange Is the New Black" star Ruby Rose will take on the iconic DC Comics role.
Deadline reports that Rose will make her debut as the character, out lesbian and trained street fighter Kate Kane, on The CW's upcoming annual DC Arrowverse crossover event this fall. She is also set to star in the pilot for the standalone "Batwoman" series that's currently in development at the network.
While that project is still in its early stages, with work on the script still ongoing, Deadline reports that Rose's attachment gives it a considerable boost, and all but an assurance to make it to series. The plan is reportedly for Rose to not only appear in the Arrowverse crossover, but also get her own full-length "Batwoman" pilot, rather than the crossover simply serving as a backdoor pilot (the trajectory is similar to what happened when the network introduced "The Flash").
According to Deadline, Rose -- who can next be seen on the big screen in "The Meg" -- was inclined to return to television following her successful stint on Netflix's "OITNB" thanks to "the opportunity to break new ground." The trade continues:
"If the project goes to series, Batwoman will become the first gay lead character — male or female — of a live-action superhero series. Batwoman already has been a trailblazer for LGBTQ+ representation in comics. After a long hiatus, she was reintroduced to the DC comic universe in 2006 when she was established as a Jewish lesbian, becoming the first-ever lesbian superhero title DC character."
Sounds like exactly the right fit for the groundbreaking Rose. We're eager to see her take on the character, and hopefully see her shine in her own series soon.
Expect the Arrowverse crossover to air sometime this fall on The CW.
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