A press release from the CW describes Batwoman - whose real name is Kate Kane - as "an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence" and "armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind".
The 32-year-old Orange Is The New Black actress made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night (August 8). When she did, she couldn't help but get choked up at the prospect. "I was so nervous during the red carpet that I basically skipped everybody". I feel like I'm probably going to do it now.More news: In the end, Pope's homeland rejects abortion law
'This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different.
Variety reports that Ruby Rose has been brought on board to play Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne's cousin who becomes a part of the Bat family and is trusted by Batman to look after Gotham when he has League business.More news: Climate risks entering state of irreversible 'hothouse' conditions
"It's like the third thing I thought about, not only can kids watch this growing up and relate to it and feel empowered and think they can be a superhero, but also I can go on and do these things like visiting hospitals and kids and people in need", she said. The character was reinvented as a Jewish lesbian for the DC Comics' New 52 series, becoming one of DC's first openly gay characters.
First introduced in 1956, Batwoman largely disappeared from continuity until 2006, when she was reintroduced and reinvented. The CW's next annual event is set to air in December 2018.More news: Premier League CEO reveals his dislike for Man City's dominance
"But don't call her a hero yet", the press release continues.