Ruby Rose cast as Batwoman in new TV series

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The Australian actress has landed the coveted, titular role role in Batwoman, which The CW is developing as a standalone series.

Deadline reports that Rose will make her debut as the character, out lesbian and trained street fighter Kate Kane, on The CW's upcoming annual DC Arrowverse crossover event this fall. "Vampire Diaries" creator Caroline Dries, who will write and executive produce "Batwoman", is gay.

The series would join a host of other DC Comics that continue to be successful for the network, including The Flash, Arrow, Legends Of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.

News broke in July that creators of the new Batwoman series - which were hoping to cast an out gay actor in the title role.

The CW was reportedly on the hunt for an out lesbian actress to portray Batwoman and found their ideal heroine in Rose.

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In recent years, Batwoman (real name Katherine Kane) has become a big part of the extended Batman family.

Ruby Rose, whose breakout role was as Stella in Orange Is the New Black, has been a vocal spokesperson for LGBTQ+ rights. She also wrote/produced/directed Break Free, a short film that focused on gender fluidity. She went on to appear in films like Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Pitch Perfect 3.

The character of Batwoman was first introduced in Detective Comics #233 in 1956 as Katherine (later Kate) Kane, a wealthy Gotham City heiress who, inspired by Batman's heroic deeds, created for herself a superhero alter-ego.

With such a long career in comics, Batwoman will certainly make a great addition to the Arrowverse as the DC TV universe prepares to explore Gotham City. The Batwoman she's portraying was reintroduced by DC in 2006 as an out Jewish lesbian. First things first: she's not Batgirl.

The CW has made a bold and progressive casting move here, so we can't wait to see how their collaboration translates to the small screen this December and beyond.