Batman is hands down one of the most popular comic book superheroes to ever exist. However, some of the best parts of Batman’s comic books aren’t the caped crusader himself. It’s the people around him. Known affectionately by fans as the “Bat Family”, Batman’s various mentors, wards, partners, friends, and family are all key members of the group. This includes all five Robins, three Batgirls, Batwoman, Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin, Alfred, and of course the illustrious Batman himself.
One of the most fascinating Bat clansmen is Kate Kane, the one and only Batwoman.
While Kane has roots going back 1956, her definitive and most popularized version wasn’t solidified until 2006. In her first outing, Kane proudly champions her identity. She’s a jewish, lesbian, outspoken women who just happens to save the world in a cape. Because of her Bat Family ties, she’s easily one of the highest profile LGBTQ+ characters in the DC universe.
She’s been romantically linked with two fascinating characters in the past. One is Renee Montoya, a young ex-cop who eventually becomes the female successor of the Question, an anonymous, PI superhero. Her other “ship” is with Maggie Sawyer, a Gotham cop. The second romance is particularly interesting because Maggie is currently on the CW’s Supergirl, dating Alex Luthor.
Recently, the CW has announced it will be premiering a Batwoman show. That news is exciting enough on its own, as this would be Batwoman’s first leading, live action foray. Either the show will lean towards the Renee romance or Maggie Sawyer’s about to be in a very interesting love triangle. However, its even more exciting that Ruby Rose, gay action star, will be helming the role.
In a time where casting is heavily debated, this is one of the perfect castings to ever exist. Rose has been taking on action roles the past couple years, honing her skills as that kind of actor. One of her most notable roles was as a villain in John Wick 2. And being able to keep up with John Wick choreography is nothing to sneeze at.
Of course, other than her action pedigree, Rose is a lesbian. While a straight actor can believably play a gay character, it’s far better representation for Rose to step up into this role than anyone else. This is a great improvement when Hollywood has a bad habit of casting favorites instead of relevant minorities.
Not everyone is so jazzed about the casting, however. Some fans have taken to Twitter to share their outrage. They believe Rose was only cast because she is a lesbian that straight people like, that she’s a terrible actor, she’s not Jewish, and that she’s too easy of a choice.
While frustrations are heard, it might just be best here to wait and see how Rose does before casting her down as a bad actor and a bad choice. Granted, the Jewish part is a little frustrating, but covering the gay and action star parts are still a great step forward for the industry.
Despite any gripes, and preconceived feelings, there’s one thing all fans must admit: with all the issues CW DC shows have, they are still the best live-action representations of DC superheroes available. And this comes from a writer who has very strong feelings against Arrow. And despite feelings about Rose’s casting, she’s a lesbian action star. That unique representation should be celebrated, not just immediately shot down.
Either way, a fantastic member of the Bat Family is about to get her big break, without losing her identity along the way. Any fan can at least get behind the excitement of that.
Caroline Dries veteran producer and writer of Vampire Diaries, Melrose Place, and most notably, Smallville, will be heading the project. The series is in development, and planned to be aired in the 2019-2020 season.