With a previous announcement from The CW announcing that Batwoman would be appearing the next Arrowverse crossover, fans were eagerly awaiting a second announcement on who would be playing Kate Kane. But now the network has revealed that Ruby Rose will be donning the mask during the crossover, and it will lead into a solo show for the vigilante. So it seems like the crossover will take place in Gotham as their way of introducing Batwoman.
But let’s address the Bat in the room, this doesn’t mean that Bruce Wayne will be appearing on the show. Then it would become more about Batman, and less about Kane herself. Mark Pedowitz, the president of the network confirmed Batman won’t show up at the Television Critics Awards whilst also mentioning a pilot episode for Batwoman;
Batman already exists in the Arrowverse because last season Oliver Queen mentioned his name at one point, And Batwoman, if the series goes forward, lives in Gotham. There’s no plan at this time to have Batman appear. We’ll do a pilot for mid-season, whether it goes to series, I cannot tell you. We have five [DC shows] on the air and just added a sixth night.”
So why is this a big deal? Kate Kane has openly been a lesbian in comics since 2006 and Ruby Rose is a big advocate for LGBTQ rights, so this is a huge step forward for including a diverse range of characters on the network. This has caused some controversy amongst the toxic parts of the internet, with some complaining that straight white male characters were being erased on-screen (even though the majority of superhero movies and shows feature straight white male heroes). We believe that it’s time for a change, and when it comes to Ruby Rose’s Batwoman, the only thing that should be at question is her performance and the story that surrounds Kate Kane.
Rose herself recently spoke on the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon about taking the role, and it’s obvious that although LGBT representation onscreen is slowly getting better, there’s a long way before it’s equal to the norm. Hopefully, if the Batwoman series gets picked up, it’ll strive to change that. Now about the REAL problem, is she going to have that red hair? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
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