It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s our first lesbian superhero!
Last year, Ruby Rose made her CW debut as Batwoman during the network’s annual superhero crossover event, rubbing elbows with The Flash and Supergirl. Fans loved Rose’s take on the caped crusader so much that a spinoff was put into the works and now we have our first teaser. The brief clip finds the redheaded vigilante perched on a roof, cape billowing in the wind as she gazes at the bat signal before turning to give the camera a glance that can only be described as smoldering.
— Batwoman (@CWBatwoman) May 8, 2019
True to the comics the show is based on, this iteration of Batwoman will be a lesbian, and thankfully she’ll also be played by a queer actor — Rose identifies as a lesbian and as genderfluid.
According to the show’s official synopsis, Kate Kane is an “out lesbian” with “a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind,” but by night she doubles as a “highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.”
The CW has been making huge strides to include both queer characters and actors as part of their various projects. Supergirl currently features trans actress Nicole Maines as Nia Nal, aka Dreamgirl, a superhero with the powers of precognition and astral projection. The show’s producers felt it was important to “show the whole spectrum of humanity, and that everyone can be a hero," according to Variety. The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow have also both included queer romances.
Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for Marvel to actually introduce a queer superhero character rather than continually teasing one in interviews.
Batwoman is “coming soon.”