While the DC Cinematic Universe might be losing its Batman and Superman the world of DC television shows is looking brighter than ever. This is because the CW network has announced that it is expanding its roster of superheroes by adding Batwoman, as played by Ruby Rose.
Ms. Rose captured the attention of television fans worldwide with her role in the Netflix Original Orange is the New Black. She was born in Melbourne, Australia and got her start in entertainment as an on-air personality for Australian television. Once she made her jump to North America with OitNB, her star grew even brighter. Her televised success earned her roles in films such as John Wick: Chapter 2, Pitch Perfect 3, and the recent film The Meg. Her new role as Batwoman looks to be her triumphant return to the small screen.
Ruby will technically be joining an extended universe that was built on the foundation of Arrow on the CW. Each year the CW has been expanding on that foundation by adding new characters and TV shows. The network now has The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, with each show telling separate and connected stories to help create a block of television that reflects the comic book universe that the characters are drawn from.
News of the casting announcement has been slightly mixed. Batwoman currently exists in a unique position within the DC universe because the current incarnation of Batwoman is a lesbian. Many fans of the character are highly-protective of her, and some questioned whether or not Ruby was the right fit. The drama even drove Ms. Rose off of Twitter, citing the hostility on the site as the driving factor.
It’s worth remembering that it was only a small but vocal group of fans who reacted negatively to the casting. Many other Batwoman fans welcomed the decision and are still eagerly awaiting the new take on the character that Rose, DC, and the CW will deliver.
These days DC fans are hungry for anything that can successfully capture their favorite heroes. While some fans loved the world that Zack Snyder created with films like Man of Steel and Batman V. Superman the general public was lukewarm on the films. Only time will tell whether or not films like the upcoming Aquaman can help the DC cinematic universe regain its footing.
This casting news is a reminder that DC fans have a lot of options available to them. Whether the films succeed or not the comic books and TV shows starring Batwoman, Batman, and the rest of DC’s caped heroes is still going on strong. The casting of a movie star as Batwoman goes to show how dedicated DC is to making sure that their television presence matches up to fan expectations.
Fans can expect to see the new Batwoman series hitting TV screens across the globe in the later months of 2019. The show will star Ruby Rose as Kate Kane and will feature writing from Caroline Dries, who is most famous for her work on The Vampire Diaries. Fans of that show and the rest of the CW’s DC programs should be counting down the days to this hotly anticipated release.