Ruby Rose cast as The CW’s Batwoman in expanding Arrowverse


Ahead of its highly anticipated, fifth annual Arrowverse crossover event, The CW has a secured a major star to play Batwoman.

Arrowverse fans have been waiting all summer to hear who will be introducing Supergirl, Green Arrow and The Flash to Gotham City in this winter’s crossover event, featuring Batwoman, aka Kate Kane. Now, fans have an answer and a somewhat surprising one at that.

In what may be The CW’s highest-profile casting for a major role, Ruby Rose has signed on play Batwoman in the upcoming crossover and potentially in a new series. Although, according to Deadline, the crossover will not likely serve as a backdoor pilot for Batwoman as the second annual crossover did for Legends of Tomorrow.

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Caroline Dries, who previously worked with The CW as an executive producer and writer on The Vampire Diaries, is writing Batwoman‘s seemingly standalone pilot. Arrowverse creator Greg Berlanti and Arrowverse executive producer Sarah Schechter, as well as former DC Entertainment president and Flash co-creator Geoff Johns, are executive producing the new show.

Rose’s casting will likely improve the chances of Batwoman‘s pilot being ordered to series in 2019. Her television breakout came in 2015 when she joined Netflix’s flagship original Orange is the New Black as fan-favorite Stella Carlin.

Since then, Rose has appeared on the big screen in the latest installments of the Resident Evil, Xander Cage, John Wick and Pitch Perfect franchises. She also has a starring role in The Meg, which premieres this weekend.

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Rose’s casting is also notable because Kate Kane was DC’s first title lesbian superhero in the comics and will be an out lesbian in the show. TVLine previously reported that The CW was committed to casting a lesbian actress to portray to Kane.

With Rose’s casting, the network has stayed true to its word. According to Deadline, Rose has been an out lesbian since the age of 12. If Batwoman does receive a series order, it will be the first superhero show led by a lesbian and LGBTQ character.