A “Batwoman” TV Series Starring Ruby Rose Is Officially Happening

Out director-producer Greg Berlanti is on the executive production team, too.

Gotham geeks, get ready: A Batwoman TV show with out actress Ruby Rose in the titular role has officially gotten the green light.

According to TV Line, the CW has officially handed a pilot order for the show this week, with a series premiere slated for fall 2019.

Rose’s Batwoman, AKA Kate Kane—a character fans of the comics know is an out-and-proud lesbian—made her onscreen debut last month in a crossover special from the CW’s Arrowverse called “Elseworlds.” Her casting was announced last summer with mixed reactions. While some fans were excited to see an openly queer woman cast in the role, others flooded Rose’s social media feeds with angry messages, stating that because she doesn’t specifically identify as a lesbian, she shouldn’t play a lesbian protagonist.

The backlash prompted the Orange Is the New Black actress to quit Twitter and limit commenting on her Instagram account.

Rose’s casting controversy aside, the lineup of executive producers for Batwoman has longtime CW viewers excited: Screenwriter Caroline Dries, who wrote and executive produced for The Vampire Diaries, penned the Batwoman pilot. She’ll also executive produce the series alongside Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, and Love, Simon’s Greg Berlanti.

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