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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.