Over the weekend Australian actress Ruby Rose co-starred in the film The Meg along with Jason Statham, which did very well taking the number one spot at the box office. Last week the announcement was made that Rose would be taking on the role as Kate Kane aka Batwoman in The CW’s Arrowverse. So a great week overall right?
Unfortunately not, Rose was compelled to quit Twitter and deactivate her public comments on her Instagram account over the weekend after a social media backlash regarding her casting as Batwoman. The DC character had been reintroduced into the DC Universe in 2006 as being Jewish and a lesbian. The main criticism was seemed to be that she was not the right actress to play a lesbian superhero, which is odd as she has been an openly gay since she was a teenager. Before leaving Twitter, she had posted a series of tweets addressing the issue.
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. I wish we would all support each other and our journeys.”
Via her Instagram she had talked about her excitement of taking on the role of of the first LGBT hero to star in a live action television show. She stated that, “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.” You can check out the post below.
Last week while promoting The Meg on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, she also talked about how much the role meant for her as she felt as she could “be the person that she needed when she was younger” as she did not have anyone, let alone a superhero, she could identify with as she was growing up on television. She also talked about her work visiting kids in hospitals, but how going forward she would be able to do that dressed as Batwoman. She also told the story about how she used to make her own batwings to play with as a child since her mother had pet bats. You can check out the segment below.
Rose will be making her Arrowverse debut on the annual crossover event that will include Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl in December. Her solo series if picked up by The CW would debut in the 2019-2020 season. Caroline Dries will serve as a writer and as execuitve producer on the series along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter through Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Also on board as an executive producer will be Geoff Johns through Mad Ghost Productions.
Although everyone is entitled to their opinions, it’s a shame that so many people jump to conclusions before seeing even a promo image, a trailer or god forbid an actual episode featuring her in action as Batwoman.
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