A press release from the CW describes Batwoman - whose real name is Kate Kane - as "an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence" and "armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind".
The Australian actress gained stardom when she was cast in season three of Netflix's "Orange is the New Black".
Getting to play Batwoman is "a game changer", Ruby Rose declared in her first interview since landing the CW role. When she did, she couldn't help but get choked up at the prospect.
Rose revealed she found out about the role moments before the Los Angeles premiere of The Meg on Monday and avoided journalists on the red carpet because she kept "spontaneously crying".
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Rose's Batwoman casting came weeks after Supergirl picked transgender activist Nicole Maines to fill the series regular role of Nia Nal aka Dreamer, television's first transgender superhero. I feel like I'm probably going to do it now. "I have always had this saying - I mean, not me, Oscar Wilde - which is be yourself because everyone else is taken".
But what she's especially looking forward to is dressing up as Batwoman, meeting kids at hospitals who will very likely look up to her. "I'm also an emotional wreck because this is a childhood dream", she wrote. "It's a really fantastic opportunity, obviously". Kate Kane's introduction in 2006's 52 remains the single-most important one DC have made this side of 2000, with the character having starred in some of the most fascinating, innovative, and compelling Batman stories of the last decade.
The logline qualifies: 'But don't call her a hero yet.