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CW Network Casts Ruby Rose as Lesbian Batwoman

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The CW network has announced that actress Ruby Rose will star as its lesbian superhero Batwoman in an upcoming treatment of the DC Comics character.

Rose, who claims to be “gender fluid,” will star as Kate Kane who first appeared as Gotham City’s Jewish, lesbian Batwoman in 2006. Batwoman took over the stewardship of Gotham City during a storyline that took Batman off to another galaxy and out of his beloved city.

CW announced that it was pursuing a Batwoman series and plans to introduce the Kate Kane in an upcoming cross-over event among three of its superhero shows, Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Ruby Rose attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

“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,” the show summary reads. “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.”

The Kate Kane character will mark a sixth CW superhero series featuring a gay character. But while each of the series do feature top-billed characters who are gay, the new Batwoman will be the first with a lesbian as its title character.

Rose, is best known from the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, but has also appeared in the actioners XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and John Wick: Chapter 2. She is set to co-star in the soon-to-be-released Jason Stratham film The Meg, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Former Vampire Diaries executive producer Caroline Dries will help write the series.

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