Get Your First Look At Ruby Rose As Batwoman From The CW’s Arrowverse Crossover

Batwoman is here!  Back in May, it was announced that another new DC superhero was entering The CW’s Arrowverse and the biggest news was that it was a member of the Batman family.  While several Bat villains have made a mark on ‘Arrow’, in particular, the existences of Batman, Bruce Wayne and Gotham City have always been only vaguely referenced.  But this year’s crossover event, which will air in December, introduces Batwoman, the first CW character to actually wear “the Bat” and will take place in crime-riddled Gotham City.  Not only that, but the crossover will serve as a backdoor pilot for an ongoing ‘Batwoman’ series, that could arrive next fall.

Here is the show’s logline:

“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

In the comics, Batwoman made waves by being one of the first openly gay superheroes to headline her own series.  The Arrowverse and other CW shows have embraced diversity and have included major storylines involving LGBTQ characters.  Sometimes the characters are played by actors who are actually gay in real life.  Other openly gay actors have played straight characters.  But for the first gay headlining character, the creators felt it was only right to cast a gay actor.  Enter Ruby Rose, the Australian actor best known for ‘Orange is the New Black’ and this summer’s mega-hit ‘The Meg’.

There was some fan backlash to her casting, which caused her to quit Twitter.  But producer Greg Berlanti recently announced, “[Ruby] is terrific in the role, and we’re excited for people to see the story.”

Does she look terrific in the role?  You decide.  Here is the first image of her in costume:

Image Number: Batwoman_1stLook_V5_.jpg — Pictured: Ruby Rose as Batwoman — Photo: JSquared Photography/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

The costume is designed by four-time Academy Award winner Colleen Atwood (‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, ‘Alice In Wonderland’, ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’, ‘Chicago’).  Atwood has also created costumes for ‘Arrow’ and ‘Supergirl’.  As was probably to be expected, the costume is toned down a bit from the comics, with her gauntlets, gloves and boots rendered in black instead of red.

The crossover event was scheduled to begin filming today, Tuesday, October 9.  The crossover event is also reported to include a return by Tyler Hoechlin as the Arrowverse’s Superman and will introduce Lois Lane, portrayed by Elizabeth Tulloch.  For this event, ‘The Flash’ and ‘Supergirl’ will switch time slots, with ‘The Flash’ airing on Sunday, December 9.  Part two will take place on ‘Arrow’, in its normal times lot, Monday, December 10, at 8pm, and wrap upon ‘Supergirl’ on Tuesday, December 11.  ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ is sitting this year’s crossover out.

How do you think Batwoman looks?

Source: IGN

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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