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Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman for The CW

09 August 2018

News of Ruby Rose's Batwoman role follows hot on the heels of the casting of transgender actress Nicole Maines, to play transgender superheroine Nia Nal, a.k.a. Dreamer, in another DC Comics show, Supergirl.

Ruby Rose has made history by being cast as Batwoman, the first openly gay superhero to headline a TV series. In her Batwoman persona she patrols the streets of Gotham City, eager to fight crime and to confront her own demons.

"I was so nervous doing the red carpet that I basically skipped everybody, because I kept, like, spontaneously crying", the Aussie actress shared. "I said I wouldn't do that!" Rose identifies as gender fluid and is best known for her roles in "Orange Is the New Black", "Pitch Perfect 3", and "John Wick: Chapter 2". As two personal mottoes then ran through her mind - Oscar Wilde's "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken", and, "Be the person you that you needed when you were younger" - "I feel like one led me to the other, and I kept crying about it".

"It's like the third thing I thought about, not only can kids watch this growing up and relate to it and feel empowered and think they can be a superhero, but also I can go on and do these things like visiting hospitals and kids and people in need", she said.

Ruby Rose is coming to The CW. "It's a really wonderful opportunity, obviously".

Batwoman, aka Kate Kane, first appeared in Detective Comics in 1956.

Batwoman, originally a love interest for Batman, was reintroduced in 2006 as a Jewish lesbian character.

The now-traditional four-show crossover is set to air this December. But don't call her a hero yet.

Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman for The CW