Ruby Rose gives us her first look as Batwoman! The first official image of the DC Comics character also known as Katherine Kane in The CW‘s shared universe the Arrowverse was unveiled Tuesday by The Hollywood Reporter. Take a look!
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 9, 2018
“On Tuesday, the first image of the Orange Is the New Black alum suited up as the iconic superhero was released as star Rose reports to work in Vancouver. The costume was designed by award-winning designer Colleen Atwood, who was also behind the spandex creations for Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl.”
The move comes after Rose, who identifies as genderfluid, quit Twitter in August following backlash from the announcement that she would play the Batman heiress and crime fighter, who’s written as being lesbian in modern DC comic books. It marks the first time an openly gay superhero would lead a series, as reported by BuzzFeed News.
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And while Rose has apparently kept her Instagram up and running—even responding to a few choice comments—the actress seemingly threw in the Twitter towel after too much hate from uninformed comic fans. In her last tweet, she confronted the detractors who spoke out against her casting.
“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.”
Of course, many praised the casting choice as a smart move for both DC and The CW. Still, the criticism poked through. “This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community,” Rose countered.
The new Arrow/Flash/Supergirl crossover starring rose as Kane/Batwoman, Elseworlds, premieres this December.
What do you think of Ruby Rose as Batwoman? Do you miss the actress’ presence on Twitter? Sound off in the comments!