After a whole lot of teasing both on TV and at this year’s Comic-Con, the Bat-Family is finally coming to the CW’s “Arrowverse.” The news broke via Variety and later confirmed by a post on her Instagram, Australian actor and John Wick star Ruby Rose (who can be seen sporting a hilarious American accent later on this week in The Meg alongside Jason Statham) has been cast as Kate Kane, better known to comic book fans as her superhero alter-ego Batwoman, and she’ll be making her first appearance on the small screen soon enough.
To say the least, we’re pretty stoked about this news.
Introduced back in 2006 in DC’s weekly series 52, this modern take on the the character (who was around back in the Pre-Crisis continuity, which makes sense to all of us losers out there who were bullied in high school) was created by comics maestro Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, and she proved to be incredibly popular amongst fans. Why? Well, she’s one of the first truly out gay superheroes of the modern era, which garnered a ton of media attention at the time, but we’d suggest it’s mainly because she’s consistently been written well since her introduction (check out James Tynion IV’s recently concluded run on Detective Comics for more). Rose, as well, is openly gay and gender-fluid, which makes this pretty great as far as representation is concerned.
Here’s the actor’s comment via Instagram:
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.
And here’s the log-line for the series she’s expected to headline, via Entertainment Weekly:
“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane 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.”
No word on when her specific series will enter into production, but Rose will first appear in the cape and cowl during the CW’s annual crossover of all their superhero shows, those being Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning this coming winter.