Australian actress Ruby Rose has been cast as queer superhero Batwoman on American TV.
The actress will make her debut in a “crossover” on US network The CW, bringing together characters from superhero shows The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.
If she’s well-received by audiences, the character may star in her own weekly television series on The CW.
“The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored,” Ruby wrote on her 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 character of Batwoman was first introduced in the DC comic books in 1956 as Katherine Kane, a wealthy heiress who, inspired by Batman’s crime-fighting in Gotham City, created her own superhero alter-ego.
The character has been openly gay in the comics since 2006, when she was reintroduced as Kate Kane, a lesbian who found love with former police detective Renee Montoya.
“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane (Rose) 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,” the network explained of Ruby Rose’s role.
“But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
— DC (@DCComics) August 7, 2018
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.