Ruby Rose is a well–known badass who rose to fame after starring in Orange Is the New Black and will now be part of CW’s annual DC Arrowverse crossover event in December as she has been cast as Batwoman.
The CW has also announced that they are working on a stand-alone series that will focus on Batwoman, whose real name will be Kate Kane, aiming to be the first TV series focusing on an LGBT superhero and one of the first series to have a gay lead character.
The description of the series reads, "Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane 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 saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope."
Rose took to Instagram to announce the news, saying that she was honoured to be offered that part. "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," she continued.
Although the Batwoman series is still being written, fans are expecting it to go straight to the pilot stage and move onto becoming a series soon after the script is finished. Batwoman has already started to pave the way for LGBTQ+ representation in comics in 2006 a long break, Batwoman came back into the DC comic universe, reinvented as a Jewish lesbian, becoming the first lesbian superhero title DC character.
Rose has been confident about her sexuality from an early age, coming out as a lesbian at the age of 12 and has made it clear that she identifies as gender fluid. In 2015, she wrote, produced, and starred in a short film called Break Free, a tribute to gender fluidity, which became a viral hit, racked up more than 25 million views on YouTube. Rose won the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards which is dedicated to acknowledging actors and LGBT media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance.
It seems that Ruby Rose is the perfect fit for Batwoman to pave the way as an LGBTQ character in the DC world as well as in Hollywood. Well, so we thought, but Batwoman fans seemed unimpressed with the directors casting choice, leaving a multitude of nasty comments on Rose's social media pages, forcing her to delete her Twitter account and limit comments on her Instagram posts. Whats the big deal you ask?
Fans are now saying that Rose is "not gay enough" because she identifies as gender fluid and further complaining that she is not Jewish.
We didn't realize there was such a thing a measuring sexuality, frighteningly, the public seems to have taken that duty upon themselves.....
Ruby Rose clapped back at the haters saying "Where on earth did 'Ruby is not a lesbian, therefore, she can't be Batwoman' come from -- has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I've ever read. I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with 'she's too gay' how do y'all flip it like that? I didn't change. I wish we would all support each other and our journeys.
When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable... when we tear each other down it's much more hurtful than from any group. But hey/ love a challenge I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more, My wish was we were all a little kinder and more supportive of each other...Sending everyone my love and gratitude, it's been a roller coaster of a year, this month especially. I am looking forward to getting more than 4 hours of sleep and to break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next 2 projects. If you need me, I'll be on my Bat Phone. (sic)"
Anyone care to explain this nonsense of shaming and bullying people for no reason?