Ruby Rose cast in ‘Batwoman’ as superhero show becomes first of its kind with openly gay lead

Kate Kane was reintroduced into the DC Extended Universe in 2006 as a lesbian of Jewish descent

Ruby Rose will play Batwoman as the superhero show becomes the first of its kind on TV with an openly gay lead.

The titular character, also known as Kate Kane, was first introduced into the DC Extended Universe in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman. However, she was reintroduced in 2006 as a lesbian of Jewish descent.

Rose, who has appeared in Orange Is The New BlackPitch Perfect 3, and new film The Meg, has been confirmed to take the lead role. She will make her debut at The CW’s annual crossover event in December, before appearing in her own standalone series, which is currently in development.

Batwoman will be broadcast on The CW, which is also home to other DC Comics-based series, including Arrow, The Flash, and more. In a synopsis for the show, she is described as being a woman who is “armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind.”

It continues to explain: “In a city desperate for a saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

Meanwhile, in other DC news, Joaquin Phoenix was recently confirmed to be playing The Joker in an upcoming movie.

The actor will appear in the Martin Scorsese-produced film, which studio Warner Bros. have said will be darker than previous efforts. It was previously reported that Jared Leto was set to reprise the iconic role in a standalone movie, which looks set to still go ahead, despite Phoenix’s casting.