Perhaps you heard the news several months ago that Ruby Rose had been cast to play Batwoman in a crossover event on the CW. She will appear on The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl as the three shows dive into a combined story line that introduces us to a Gotham City presumably without a Batman.
Believe it or not, Batwoman has been around since 1956, but this current iteration debuted in 2006 and has been wildly popular from that moment on. She’s regularly carried her own title off and on during the last eight years!
Today, the CW released an official look at Ruby Rose in the Batwoman costume, and it is exceptional. Generally speaking, the CW costumes are breathtaking, but this one in particular is already by far my favorite. That’s probably because it’s also the most accurate to the comic book depiction. They even got the red wig just right! (Yes, it’s a wig in the comics, too.)
I love that they really seem to be honoring the character. In the source material, Batwoman is a former member of the armed forces who received a dishonorable discharge due to her homosexuality. Feeling purposeless, while wandering Gotham City, Batman inadvertently inspired her to take control of her life by becoming Batwoman.
Interestingly enough, judging from the photograph, Batwoman may be Gotham City’s only bat-themed vigilante. The bat-signal mimics her emblem, not Batman’s. The CW has been hesitant to use Batman in any capacity, though they did go ahead and include Superman during a few episodes of Supergirl. If they want to put all of their chips on Batwoman, that’s fine with me! She’s a rich character full of story potential.
Of course, to be totally honest with you, I’ve quit watching all of the CW/DC Comics shows. I loved them all in the beginning, especially The Flash. Unfortunately, because it’s the CW, they got a bit too melodramatic for my taste. When Arrow devolved into Felicity crying every episode with Oliver endlessly proclaiming everything is his fault, it got to be too much for me. The Flash fell victim to similar tropes.
I will definitely come back for Batwoman, though. The costume alone has piqued my curiosity in this crossover event. I wish Ruby Rose and the CW the best of luck!
If you’d like to learn more about Batwoman, click HERE.
To learn more about Ruby Rose and the controversy surrounding her casting as Batwoman, click HERE.
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