Last night it was revealed that Ruby Rose would be joining The CW’s “Arrowverse” (the collective name for their DC comics television shows) in the role of Batwoman. Set to be introduced in December’s annual cross over event, Rose will then lead a standalone series, which is currently in development.
And while celeb pals like Janelle Monáe, Laverne Cox and Anna Kendrick have been quick to congratulate Rose on the role, fans of the character are more hesitant. Here’s how the announcement has gone down.
Many are praising The CW’s push for representation on screen
The headline being touted alongside this announcement, is that ‘Batwoman’ will become the first show of its kind with an openly gay lead. Although Batwoman, also known as Kate Kane, was first introduced in the 1950s as love interest for Batman, she was reintroduced in 2006 as a lesbian of Jewish descent, and it’s this iteration of Batwoman that the new television series will follow. Some fans are pleased to see an openly out woman playing the character, and are praising The CW’s push for representation.
YAAS RUBY ROSE AS BATWOMAN!! Ok honestly, CW/DC is upping their game with their LGBTQ representation and I’m so happy about it.
— 𝐧𝐢𝐤𝐚 🌙 (@ohheynamjoonie) August 8, 2018
— Gabriella (@GabriellaAByrne) August 7, 2018
So, @RubyRose, an out and proud queer person is playing Batwoman, an out and queer superhero? And a trans actress will be playing a trans superhero? Well hello, true representation, it’s good to finally meet you. @TheCW #Arrowverse
— Jay Thomas (@ThisJayThomas) August 7, 2018
Indeed, of her casting Rose has said: “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.”
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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.
Whilst other fans have argued that this was a safe choice of actor
Whilst the steps towards further representation of the LGBT community are admirable, some are arguing that this was a safe option for The CW. Fans were left disappointed as they felt that showrunners just picked the obvious actor, instead of giving the chance to a lesser known actor.
Ruby rose is not the only lesbian actress in Hollywood🗣give to lesbian actresses the chance to get a job and to diversify the images and the voices of the lgbtq community being not represented by the same person every damn time. Representation AND DIVERSITY MATTER🗣📢
— l e x a (@_hedaleksa) August 7, 2018
Im just sad that when it comes down to lesbian representation, the same names always come up. As if ruby is the only gay actress you could have picked. It would be nice for us to be introduced to a new, less known actress who couldve taken this as an opportunitie.
— Zupergirl (@zupergurl1) August 8, 2018
And on Twitter some are using the #KeepKateJewish hashtag
In 2006 Batwoman was reintroduced as a lesbian of Jewish descent; and while The CW have cast an lesbian actress in the role, some fans were hoping that they’d also cast a Jewish actress. People are frustrated that the character’s religion has been seemingly removed from her narrative, arguing that more needs to be done for Jewish representation on screen.
I'm not excited about the casting but please #KeepKateJewish when writing her. Her Jewishness is so important to so many queer Jews such as myself, and that needs to be respected on screen. Jewish representation matters
— Chelsea (decidedly gay) Rothman 🌈✡️ (@ItsChelseaRoth) August 7, 2018
u cant separate kate from judaism. it's in everything down to the color of her suit. u can't try to be authentic by casting a lesbian and then ignore her jewishness. it doesn't work like that. u can't take away that she's jewish like that. she needs to be jewish.
— ruby rose’s jewish tattoos (@dibnys) August 7, 2018
Some of yall are acting like if the lesbian they cast was a better actress or whatever it would've been fine. But it needed to be a jewish lesbian from the get go. The biggest problem with ruby rose's casting is that she is not jewish.
— ratatootie 🐀👨🏼🍳 (@poisonivykin) August 7, 2018
Whilst some are unsure whether Rose will have the acting ability to pull off the role
One of the major criticisms has been that Rose isn’t a strong enough actor to do the character justice. The Australian actress is best known for her roles in ‘Pitch Perfect 3’, ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and most recently ‘The Meg’, but these haven’t done enough to convince everyone of her acting skills.
Ruby Rose being cast as Batwoman feels like The CW didn’t even try to look for actual talent.
They grabbed the ONLY lesbian Hollywood knows of and called it a day like ¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/4Rqz8q9JKa
— dened rey moreno (@Hajabeg) August 7, 2018
Cw: we’re doing Batwoman series
Me: YESSS THANK YOU
Cw: we’ve cast ruby rose as Kate Kane
Me: *knowing damn well she’s can’t act* pic.twitter.com/JfvNOPb0dO
— Victoria🥀🐉 (@TargaryenHalsey) August 7, 2018
Indeed, users have embraced the hashtag #RecastBatwoman hoping that showrunners might reconsider the choice of Rose. Some are disappointed that actress Ashley Platz didn’t get the role, with her audition tape being shared across social media.
Showrunners and The CW are yet to comment on the criticisms that the casting has brought.