The CW has released the first image of Ruby Rose as Batwoman, as filming for her first appearance as the superhero begins in Vancouver.
In the photo, Rose is seen with red hair, a black mask and bodysuit, with a red bat emblazoned across the front.
The costume was designed by Oscar winner Colleen Atwood, who was also behind the costume creations for Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl.
Batwoman was first introduced into the DC Universe in the 1950’s as a love interest for Batman. However, she was later reintroduced in 2006 as a lesbian of Jewish descent.
Speaking about her casting on The Tonight Show, Rose told Jimmy Fallon: “It’s a game changer. I found out an hour before I did the premiere for The Meg and I was so nervous doing the red carpet, so I basically skipped everybody because I kept spontaneously crying. I feel like the reason I got so emotional is that growing up, watching TV, I never saw someone on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero, you know?”
Batwoman is currently in development as a stand-alone series, with Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti taking the helm as showrunner and Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) serving as the scriptwriter.
The show centres on Kate Kane, who, armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman – a highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero just yet. In a city desperate for a saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
Rose’s first appearance as Batwoman will be in the Arrowverse crossover special on December 9th, followed by the premiere of the Batwoman solo series.