Fans of the Arrowverse finally got a glimpse of Ruby Rose as Batwoman. She posted a picture of her fully suited up on Instagram. The model turned actress will be appearing for the first time in the “Crossover Event” in December, where all the superheroes in the Arrowverse will join forces to stop something earth shattering (again).
The costume itself was designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, and fans can’t seem to get enough.
Rose will be portraying one of the highest-profile LGBTQ+ characters, Kate Kane/Batwoman in the DC Universe. Because the stakes are so high for a solid portrayal, it’s not that inconceivable that there would be some backlash.
However, two days after the announcement, the Australian actress deleted her Twitter account and limited comments on her Instagram account to only people she knew after some serious hate.
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The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because 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. Thank you everyone. Thank you god.
Batwoman is known as being part of the minority group, as she is Jewish and lesbian. While the criticism towards the former is somewhat understandable, many also erroneously argued that Rose can’t play a lesbian character.
Rose commented on the hate as she 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.”
She added that minorities and women would be much stronger if they collaborated instead of attacking each other every step of the way. The Orange is The New Black actress then proceeded to remove Twitter to shut down the hate.
Greg Berlanti, who commands the bulk of DC Comics-based shows, commented on the controversy in Rose’s casting:
“Whenever you’re bringing change about in any form, there are always conversations that happen. I go all the way back to Dawson’s Creek,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, which showed a groundbreaking same sex kiss on national television.
“Twitter didn’t exist, but we would get boxes of letters expressing opinions in all directions from were we making enough change, should we be making more change, or why did we feel like we needed to do these things?
“It’s always part of the process, so just focus on the story and make the best episode that you can.”
Apparently, the studio believes that Rose’s performance will be good enough as she will be getting her own show in 2019.
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