Earlier this week, we, at last, learned who would be donning the cape and cowl of Batwoman for The CW’s upcoming Arrowverse crossover and a planned Batwoman series next year. The Meg & Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose was cast in the superhero role that brings Kate Kane the Batwoman into live-action for the first time.
The internet took little time expressing their feelings about the news with most of the reactions landing on the positive side as Rose’s Batwoman will be the first LGBTQ superhero to headline their own live-action series ever. Other reactions were not so positive, which sadly fits the toxic nature of some parts of fandom. What we didn’t get to really see much of was Rose’s own reaction to the casting, until now.
Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote the giant shark film The Meg, Rose got time to emotionally react to the casting as she spoke about getting the call shortly before the red carpet premiere of the shark film and having to try not to let the information slip as she kept spontaneously crying about the news.
Much of the emotion stems from the aforementioned first LGBTQ hero status because Rose has been out as a lesbian herself since she was 12-years-old. This role, as Rose notes, follows her second career motto which is “be the person that you needed when you were younger,” allowing her to be the character that many young LGBTQ people can look up to. Along with that, she can also continue her charity work visiting children in the hospital with an added superhero persona that she can take on for those children.
“It was like the third thing that I thought about,” she said. “I was just like, ‘Wow, not only can kids watch this growing up and relate to it and feel empowered and think that they can be a superhero but also I can go and do these things like visiting hospitals and kids and people in need.’ It’s an amazing opportunity.”
Rose will debut in the role sometime this fall as The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl take part in the annual crossover event that takes the heroes to Gotham City. Then, as long as the event leads to the pilot being okayed and series greenlit, she’ll hop into the role full-time for the latest series to join the ever growing DC Universe of CW shows sometime in 2019/2020.