The first image of Ruby Rose as Batwoman has been revealed as filming begins on her first appearance as the hero.
The Australian actor was announced to be playing the character and her alter-ego Kate Kane for The CW earlier this year.
Rose will first appear as the superhero in crossover episodes of existing shows The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl in December. She will then star in her own TV show focusing on the character’s adventures.
Filming on the crossover episodes began in Vancouver earlier this week. To mark the beginning of production, The CW have shared a first look at Rose in her Batwoman costume, which was designed by four-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood. In the image, the actor is seen with red hair and a black mask and bodysuit, with a red bat emblazoned across her chest. See it below now.
Our first look at batwoman! What are your thoughts on Ruby Rose in costume? pic.twitter.com/FEROkCUmRC
— Emily (@emilyball450) October 10, 2018
Batwoman was first introduced into the DC Extended Universe in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman. However, she was later reintroduced in 2006 as a lesbian of Jewish descent.
Speaking about her casting earlier this year, Rose told Jimmy Fallon: “It’s a game-changer. I found out an hour before I did the premiere for The Meg and I was so nervous doing the red carpet so I basically skipped everybody because I kept spontaneously crying.
“I feel like the reason I got so emotional is that growing up, watching TV, I never saw someone on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero, you know?”
However, fans weren’t as impressed with her casting, criticising the decision to cast a non-Jewish actor to play a Jewish character. Some also suggested Rose shouldn’t portray the first openly gay lead character in a live-action superhero series because she “isn’t gay enough”.
Responding to the backlash, Rose said: “Where on earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be batwoman’ come from? Has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’ how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change.”
The star also deactivated her Twitter and Instagram accounts, telling fans: “If you need me, I’ll be on my Bat Phone.”