Ruby Rose to play lesbian superhero Batwoman in new CW series
"This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community"
BATWOMAN, DC COMICS. RUBY ROSE.
The American television network CW has announced that out, lesbian actress Ruby Rose (Pitch Perfect, Orange Is The New Black) will play out, lesbian superhero, Batwoman.
Rose's character may be the first lesbian lead in any live-action superhero show, ever. Ever, ever, ever.
"The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored," wrote Rose on Instagram.
"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."
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.
According to the DC Comics website, Rose will be playing the Kate Kane version of Batwoman, 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."
According to reports, the series is expected to drop sometime in late 2019/2020 — plenty of time to prepare our celebratory Batwoman outfits, right?
Still, despite the wait fans are already sharing the love across social media...
Some folk, however, aren't so happy about the casting...
I’m so disappointed. I was hoping for a fresh face to give life to this iconic character #Batwoman— bianca🌈 (@thusspokebianca) August 7, 2018
I am not one to care for super hero films, but I do know this: we need more/diverse role models for LGBTQ+ youth. We dont need the same actors playing all queer roles. How boring would it be for straights if Brad Pitt played the love interest in all straight romcoms? #Batwoman— love2angel12 (@love2angel12) August 8, 2018
Ruby is great... But she is not the only queer actress out there. I am very disappointed with these news, I was looking forward to a fresh face representing #Batwoman— Eden Singer #RecastBatwoman 🙏🏻🦇♥️ (@edensinger) August 7, 2018
Ashley Platz’s aud was👌🏼👌🏼 she’s a yoga instructor, could probably kick everyone’s ass anyway#RecastBatwoman pic.twitter.com/e9NoTaUZXh
Still disappointed by the #Batwoman casting. I had a lot of faith in the casting director who was in charge of casting, and maybe we might be surprise as unlikely as that is, but I’m so disappointed after seeing what could have been. Please #RecastBatwoman please— Inky wants to #recastbatwoman (@witchofink) August 8, 2018
Fellow actor Ashley Platz, who also went for the role of Batwoman, responded to the hashtag #recastbatwoman, thanking fans for rooting for her, but urging them to support Rose, who she says will "work her ass off to fulfil the character."
Seeing so many people #recastbatwoman and rooting for me. First: I appreciate how much support and love you’re sending my way. Second: I know This role means a lot to Ruby (it would mean a lot to me) and she will work her ass off to fulfill the character. #Batwoman— Ashley Platz (@AshleyPlatz) August 7, 2018
Another fan simply wants to celebrate our screens becoming that little bit queerer... 🌈🌈🌈
I am both perplexed and concerned about all the thrown together arguments about the new #Batwoman casting. Can’t we all just be happy to live in a time where this is all happening ?!— Jessica Russell (@fictionsights) August 8, 2018
How do you feel about Ruby Rose's casting? Happy to see a lesbian character/actor in a lead role? Or are you pining for a fresh, queer face? Let us know in the comments section below!
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