Ruby Rose Cast as Batwoman in New CW TV Series

Transgender Universe

By Mila Madison

Rose is set to play the masked vigilante Kate Kane a.k.a. Batwoman in the new DC Comics series on the CW network. The show is set to debut in 2019, but before that she will be making her debut as Batwoman in this year’s CW crossover event between its four other DC comics shows including “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Supergirl.”

Once the news broke, Rose took to Instagram to make a statement:

"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."

The project is being developed by Executive Producer Greg Berlanti (Dawson's Creek) and Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) who is writing the script. The series will center 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.

Rose is now the second openly LGBTQ+ person to play a major role in a CW comic book series. In July, it was announced that transgender actress Nicole Maines will be joining the cast of CW’s Supergirl. Rose is the first to be cast in a lead role.

Hailing from Australia, Ruby Rose has appeared on the TV series "Orange is the New Black," and the films "John Wick: Chapter 2," "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," and the newly released shark thriller "The Meg."

Watch Ruby Rose discuss the new role on the Jimmy Fallon Show below: