Ruby Rose has made history by being cast as Batwoman, the first openly gay superhero to headline a TV series.
Batwoman, originally a love interest for Batman, was reintroduced in 2006 as a Jewish lesbian character.
Batwoman will be introduced in a December crossover event between the network’s other DC Comics shows, “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl.”
A standalone series about Batwoman, whose real name is Kate Kane, is in development for the 2019-20 TV season. Kane is described as a highly trained street fighter with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind.
Rose wrote Tuesday on Instagram that she’s “thrilled and honored” and “an emotional wreck” over the news. As a young, gay person, she never felt represented on TV, she said.
The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream. 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. Thank you everyone. Thank you god.
The Australian actress gained stardom when she was cast in season three of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” She also played in “Pitch Perfect 3” and “The Meg.”
But while many fans praised the casting decision for pushing LGBT representation on screen, others expressed several criticisms of it, NME reported.
Some lamented that a Jewish actress wasn’t cast for the role, charging that Batwoman’s Jewishness was being downplayed and even calling the casting choice “anti-Semitic.”
Kate should be played by a JEWISH lesbian. J E W I S H. that's the biggest problem with the casting. The casting was antisemitic. The CW's decision to no cast a jewish lesbian contribute to jewish erasure in media.
— BoP stan (@parneIaisley) August 7, 2018
LGBT Jewish actresses who could have (and lbh probably should have) played Kate Kane to #KeepKateJewish:
-Evan Rachel Wood @evanrachelwood
-Bex Taylor-Klaus @IBexWeBex
-Zoe Kravitz @ZoeKravitz
-Gaby Dunn @gabydunn
-Olivia Thirlby @missthirlby
-Abbi Jacobson @abbijacobson pic.twitter.com/Mvg7kNEvxV
— Sonia (@asonia786) August 9, 2018
The hashtag #KeepKateJewish has been trending on Twitter.
I'm on the verge of tears. No one seems to be listening. @RubyRose please I urge you to read up on #Batwoman and understand the importance of her Judaism when you play her. If you really want kids to look up to you, let little Jewish kids have a hero. Please. #KeepKateJewish
— Chelsea Rothman | #KeepKateJewish ????✡️ (@ItsChelseaRoth) August 9, 2018
Others decried the lack of diversity in Hollywood’s lesbian roles and the fact that a lesser-known actress wasn’t cast. Rose, some claimed, was the “obvious choice,” with others saying they haven’t been convinced by her acting abilities.