Ruby Rose to play first openly gay superhero in ‘Batwoman’
Actress and model Ruby Rose has been cast as Batwoman in a new series for the CW. They will be the first openly gay superhero lead in a tv show.
Ruby Rose was given the chance to discuss about her casting as the famous DC Comics character Batwoman during an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday. When she did, she could not help but get choked up at the prospect.
As previously reported, Rose star in The CW’s adaptation of the comic book for its connected superhero universe that already exists-shows like “The Flash” and “Stories.” During those shows heavily feature LGBT characters, Rose, who identifies as a lesbian, the first openly gay hero, the head of a series.
Speak Fallon, to promote her role in the upcoming film “The Meg,” the star revealed she’s been crying on and off since hearing the news that she landed the role of Batwoman, A. K. A. Kate Kane.
“I feel like the reason why I was so emotional, growing up with TV-watching, I never saw someone on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero,” Rose said with a cracking voice. “I have always had this to say — I mean, not me, Oscar Wilde — and that is yourself, because everyone else is taken. So I have it always by that motto, and the second motto, when I came in the industry was the person you needed when you were younger. I feel as a slogan led to the other.”
Rose debut as the character in the network of the annual superhero crossover event in December. The network describes her character as: “Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane rises on the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and a highly skilled street fighter filled to snuff the failing city 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 Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
Rose gained fame when she was cast in Season 3 of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” From there, she had roles in movies such as “XXX the Return of Xander Cage” and “John Wick: Chapter 2.”
She had earlier commented on the casting with a short note on Instagram which she also talked about that they can’t see someone like her on TV when she grew up.
You can watch her get emotioanl discuss the role in the clip below.