Ruby Rose cast as openly lesbian ‘Batwoman’ for a new CW series

Warner Bros. Pictures And Gravity Pictures' Premiere Of "The Meg"

Here are some photos of Ruby Rose at the LA premiere of The Meg a few nights ago. Her dress is Prabal Gurung and… I don’t know, I completely hate this look? I think Ruby has a naturally olive skin tone, and then she’s either tanning or fake-tanning to get this weird shade of brown-orange. And then she tops it off with an orange dress? Gross.

Anyway, I’m not writing about Ruby just to complain about her fashion choices (although WTF). I’m writing to tell you that Ruby got a job! She has been cast as Batwoman in a new CW series.

In one of the biggest casting coups for the CW, Ruby Rose has been tapped to play Batwoman. The character will make her first appearance as part of The CW’s annual DC Arrowverse crossover event in December. Rose also is set to play the role in the Batwoman series the CW has in development for next season. While the project is still in the script stage, with a star of Rose’s caliber attached and DC Universe architect Greg Berlanti behind it, it is likely to go to pilot and series. (I hear the CW is not planning to use the crossover as a backdoor pilot for Batwoman but instead film a full-length pilot as it did with flagship The Flash.)

One of the draws for Orange Is the New Black alumna Rose to return to the small screen likely was the opportunity to break new ground. If the project goes to series, Batwoman will become the first gay lead character — male or female — of a live-action superhero series. Batwoman already has been a trailblazer for LGBTQ+ representation in comics. After a long hiatus, she was reintroduced to the DC comic universe in 2006 when she was established as a Jewish lesbian, becoming the first-ever lesbian superhero title DC character.

[From Deadline]

That’s really cool. It’s a great day for LGBTQ+ representation for actors in real life and for fictional comic-book characters. My only complaint is a minor one – I’ve seen some people complain that Ruby Rose can’t act her way out of a paper bag? Do you think that will hurt the series? Or will the series be all about action, stunts and lesbian pouts? I might actually watch this! (And I barely watch any TV shows at this point.)

Warner Bros. Pictures And Gravity Pictures' Premiere Of "The Meg"

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  1. Neelyo says:

    I haven’t seen her in anything besides JOHN WICK 2 and she was kinda bad in that without uttering a word.

  2. Anners says:

    I *love* that dress – it’s gorgeous! Just not with her colouring. On someone else (or in a different colour – maybe midnight or royal blue?) it would be stunning.

  3. Patricia says:

    I find her so irritating. Not likeable to me at all. I didn’t like her in OITNB, thought her acting was horrible and she tends to just show up and be gorgeous (which yes, she’s very gorgeous I’m not blind lol). So stick to modeling maybe? Her acting is very cringey.

    • Ann says:

      I don’t like her either. I think she comes off as self-aggrandizing and like she’s desperately trying to overcompensate for her obvious beauty with edge.

  4. Jane says:

    It’s the cw. The acting isn’t the best except for the flash and they have some wooden characters cough Caitlyn cough.

    • Darla says:

      The acting on the flash is really good, I agree. I also think Benoist is really good as supergirl. But there’s a lot of mediocrity otherwise. I am really excited about this new Batgirl and I’ve never seen Rose in anything, so I just hope she’s not THAT bad.

    • Original T.C. says:

      That’s what I said. It’s CW, acting is not required only good looks.

  5. tealily says:

    All I can think of when I see her is her having a tantrum and throwing french fries at a bartender. She’s very pretty, but I have no interest.

  6. Jordan says:

    I thought she was cast for film. Kane is an amazing character and putting her on that sh*tshow Arrow is highly disappointing.

  7. BaronSamedi says:

    I think her vibe clashes with the the dress. She’s all tattooed rocker chic and the contrast with a very feminine reading dress *can* work but this is not it. Plus the cut does nothing to enhance her body art. Instead it feels like the dress and her body art are fighting for attention and the overall effect is just bad.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Good points. What if this same style was done in black leather and crossed from her left shoulder to right hip? It would cover her card tattoo, but wouldn’t have cut off the artwork on her left arm as badly as it is cutting off the right arm now.

      Was she going for old-school Batman orange/yellow with this?

    • Tessy says:

      That’s a very diplomatic way to say it. All those tattoos will detract from pretty much everything she wears except long sleeved turtlenecks in my opinion. I’m never going to get used to women defacing their bodies with all these piercings and “art”.

      • gemcat says:

        wow Tessy, defacing…you’re really not being overly judgemental there at all *eyeroll* How about you instead recognise that it is her body and her choice and respect the fact that she obviously likes it. And that other people might also like it on themselves and/or others and that it is really none of your business if and how we do!

        Also, on the note of tattoos, I think her fake tan might have something to do with wanting to limit sun exposure as UV light ages tattoos quicker..perhaps.

  8. lamaga says:

    Yawn. Why do I feel like this is going to be another exercise in a not-good generically good-looking actor getting a pass for simply showing up. I know that sounds mean but come on, what else is she known for.

  9. Mo' Comments Mo' Problems says:

    Great for representation, but there might’ve been a better pool to choose from? Other than showing up and being pretty, as well as having a big Instagram following to draw to the screens…she’s not very good at acting. She’s good at having a celebrity persona, though…

  10. girl_ninja says:

    They could have done better, she is so wooden.

  11. Guest says:

    Wasn’t she part of the Pitch Perfect movie series? She does an eyeroll when the Barden Bellas are doing their last set that absolutely cracked me up. Self-deprecating and an ‘i give up’ vibe all in one facial expression….one of my favourite moments in the whole movie!! I think it’s the same woman….too hot to investigate though……

  12. Beth says:

    I don’t know who she is, but she’s beautiful. Bad colored dress and too many tattoos really ruin a look though

  13. philo says:

    Well, I guess they now just have to make Batwoman an Australian former actress/model/VJ and perhaps Rose will have a chance of becoming convincing?

  14. Lexilla says:

    Wait, Batwoman was “established as a Jewish lesbian”?! Go on…

  15. Rachelina says:

    Ruby Rose can’t act for sh*t.

  16. Avery says:

    RR was really bad in John Wick 2. I mean cringe worthy…but I am still going to give it a chance. She could turn out to be good in the role.

  17. Rivkah says:

    Why can’t a Jewish character be played by a Jew?

  18. Ruyana says:

    I find her slightly fascinating only because she’s a clone of my mother’s sister in her younger years. Whenever I see her I see my aunt. And, p.s. sorry to all who have them but I hate tats on anybody and they look particularly ridiculous when you are wearing formal clothes.

  19. Jenny says:

    She’s an awful actress. Representation is great but surely there were better choices. We want to be represented by talent not ex models who can’t act like ruby and Cara delevigne.
    Everyone gives kristen Stewart a hard time for her montone acting but she’s practically Meryl Streep compared to Ruby and Cara. And someone like Evan Rachel Wood is a very talented not that I think either of those would do a CW gig but there must be some up and coming actresses.

    • tracking says:

      Agree with all of this.

    • harpy says:

      I like Kristen Stewart’s acting a lot. She’s definitely not right for every part, but I genuinely think she is a talented actor. And that’s my unpopular opinion!

  20. Sara says:

    She can’t act

  21. themummy says:

    The dress is mustard (a shade of yellow), not orange. I actually love the shade, especially as we move into late summer and soon FALL (yay! fall!). But I really dislike this on her. It definitely clashes with her skin. I love her tattoos, but the lines of the dress somehow clash with the lines and angles of her tattoos. Bad choice for her overall. I think this would look amazing on someone else, though.

    I’m pretty happy about the batwoman casting, though, and the fact that this batwoman is openly lesbian. Awesome.

  22. DesertReal says:

    Well, I’m excited by this casting choice.
    She’s gorgeous, fit, tough and what I’d picture a modern day superhero being. I don’t think her backstory is as tragic as others, so I don’t think she’s going to need the acting range The Flash has.

  23. John says:

    She was on two seasons ago of Orange is the new Black on Netflix.
    She almost stole the show from the regulars.
    Good writing always helps!