Orange is the New Black‘s Ruby Rose will be television’s Batwoman, according to TVLine.
Created by the 52 team of Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Keith Giffen, Kate Kane is a Gotham socialite whose aspirations of joining the military were dashed when she revealed she was a Lesbian to her superiors. Returning to Gotham, she eventually took up a Bat-themed costume with the aid of her father. In the 52 era, she was a former girlfriend of Renee Montoya — who was becoming The Question at the time — and was inexorably linked with a Darkseid-inspired religion taking root on Earth. Several universal changes to DC Comics continuity has altered some of the details of her origins, but she continues to fight monsters of all stripes.
The character will debut in the 2018 CW Arrowverse crossover between Supergirl, Arrow and The Flash with the network already looking to develop a spinoff with Rose in the lead.
Since Batwoman was first announced as a featured character in the crossover in May, producers said they were looking to cast an openly lesbian actor for the role. Rose came out when she was 12. Since the character’s sexuality is an important aspect of her background — so much so DC Comics announced that fact of her existence a whole year before she appeared in a comic book — maintaining that link between character and performer was important to executive producers Greg Berlanti and Caroline Dries, who will run the Batwoman spinoff series should The CW pick it up.
According to The CW’s description of the potential series, Batwoman will focus on Kate Kane (Rose), an out lesbian “armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind.” Though a “highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence,” she is not quite a hero yet because “in a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
While Rose will debut as Batwoman in 2018, the series is slated for a 2019 premiere.