Ruby Rose Rises As Batwoman For Arrowverse Crossover
Turn off the Bat-signal because Batwoman has arrived.
Now this is how you make an entrance.
On Tuesday, The CW unveiled the first look at Ruby Rose as Batwoman and hopefully this will silence all the haters. The Colleen Atwood-designed Batwoman super-suit is very accurate to the comic books, thanks to the intricately detailed Bat-symbol and the two-toned cape. Of course, the true unsung heroes are the folks in the hair department who have brought Kate Kane's patented long red mane to life. Seriously, Rose's wig game is strong and we couldn't be happier. (If only these folks had worked on the Twilight franchise and saved Kristen Stewart from sporting all those busted Bella Swan wigs.)
Rose will rise as the Gotham City hero later this year during the three-night Arrowverse crossover extravaganza titled "Elseworlds." This year's crossover event will include The CW's usual trifecta of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. The network is currently developing a stand-alone series for Batwoman and if everything goes without a hitch, we can expect to see Batwoman kicking ass on her own next year.
The modern incarnation of Batwoman debuted back in 2006, and she changed the superhero game forever. This crimefighting diva isn't afraid to challenge the norms and has a serious knack for social justice. More importantly, she is one of the first openly gay characters in the DC Comics universe. If the series is picked up by The CW, Rose will make history as the lead of the first TV show that focuses on an LGBTQ superhero.
This achievement is not lost on Rose who expressed her gratitude and excitement for being able to portray Batwoman on the small screen. "Growing up watching TV, I never saw somebody I could identify with, let alone a superhero," Rose explained during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "Oscar Wilde had this saying which is, 'Be yourself because everybody else is taken.' And so, I've always lived by that motto. The second motto [I lived by] when I came into the industry was, 'Be the person that you needed when you were younger.'"
In the comics, Kate Kane has had relationships with Renee Montoya and Maggie Sawyer. Kate will likely have a romance with the latter since Maggie is already a beloved Supergirl character. Perhaps Kate and Maggie will hook up during the crossover event? It'll be interesting to see what happens with this potential couple if The CW picks up the Batwoman series. Now that Maggie and Alex are officially dunzo on Supergirl (at least for now), the door is wide open for Maggie to become a staple character and steady love interest on Batwoman.
Unfortunately, details about the forthcoming Arrowverse crossover are scarce. We do know that Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl will travel to Gotham City due to the nefarious plans of Dr. John Deegan — who is the latest patient at Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane. This medical menace will unleash havoc throughout the crossover event and place our favorite superheroes in the line of fire. Jeremy Davies will step into the insane doctor's shoes which is a relief since Davies has portrayed his fair share of complicated and unhinged characters on Lost, Justified, and Hannibal.
The epic crossover will introduce other integral characters as well, including Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), and Nora Fries (Cassandra Jean Amell). Superman will also make an appearance which means Tyler Hoechlin will have ample opportunities to clench his beautiful jaw.
The Arrowverse crossover begins Sunday, Dec. 9 with The Flash at 8/7c. The second episode continues on Monday, Dec. 10 with Arrow at 8/7c and the event concludes on Tuesday, Dec. 11 with Supergirl at 8/7c on The CW.