Ruby Rose makes history as lesbian superhero Batwoman

Ruby Rose is The CW's Batwoman

Rose first made a splash in Orange is the New Black in season 3, where her magnetic Stella Carlin made hundreds of women reconsider their sexuality.

Rose's Batwoman will be introduced to USA television audiences on The CW network in a December crossover episode with its other DC Comics shows, including Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl. She'll be playing Kate Kane, a Gothamite "with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind", describes DC Comics.

And the good news just keeps on coming for Ruby Rose, with the actress announcing on Tuesday that she's set to play a lesbian Batwoman in a new CW television series.

The CW has found its Batwoman and the casting couldn't be more flawless.

While those shows feature many LGBT characters, Rose's Batwoman will be the first to lead a series.

This is a logical move for both Ruby Rose and The CW. As the Batwoman creators wanted for the role, Ruby is an out lesbian, who also considers herself gender fluid.

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The CW is also now developing a series based around the character, whose real name is Kate Kane. The Batwoman she's portraying was reintroduced by DC in 2006 as an out Jewish lesbian. This version is named Kate Kane, a tough-as-nails former military school student, and is actually Bruce Wayne's cousin on his mother's side. Often, writers have taken existing characters ― like "X-Men" superhero Iceman ― and given them an LGBTQ-inclusive origin story.

Unlike Kathy, who was mostly featured in books alongside other members of the Bat Family, Kate has enjoyed some memorable solo runs. However, Kate still deals with her inner demons that go back to her history with her dad.

The DC shows air on Sky in New Zealand.

Like her counterpart Batman, Batwoman is based in Gotham City, where she fights crime and kicks butt.

But who is Ruby Rose and where do we know the actress from?

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