Batwoman’s Ruby Rose Prepares to Make History as TV’s First Gay Live-Action Superhero Lead

The actress on defying naysayers and how being a role model 'saved my life'

Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose, debuts on The CW this fall. Ryan Pfluger for Adweek; Styled by Ryan Young; Coat by Ellery

Last summer, as producers were struggling to cast Batwoman—the latest DC Comics character joining The CW’s Arrow-verse of superhero series—“we always joked, ‘We need a Ruby Rose,’” recalls Caroline Dries, Batwoman’s showrunner and writer. “And it was like, ‘That would be great, but that’s not going to happen. She’s a movie star.’”

This story first appeared in the June 3, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.
@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.