Ruby Rose made the history of television on Sunday with the premiere of The CW's highly anticipated "Batwoman" series. The lesbian and genre actor was at the center of the role of the first LGBTQ superhero to conduct a network television program.
The pilot sees Rose as Batwoman / Kate Kane, a lesbian determined to save the city of Gotham, who is in a state of crisis following the disappearance of Batman / Bruce Wayne, who appears to be Kate's cousin.
Kate, who was sent away by her father (Dougray Scott) after the death of her mother and sister, returns to town ready to wear her cousin's bat suit – after some small tailoring adjustments – and save her ex-girlfriend kidnapped, Sophie, and the other residents of the city of the band of wonders wearing a mask.
The tension between Kate and Sophie (Meagan Tandy), who is now married to a man, is obvious. The couple met at a military academy and, after being caught kissing by an administrator, was asked to sign the documents that denounce "homosexual conduct" to remain registered. Sophie signed, but Kate decided to leave.
"You lied," Kate told Sophie in a flashback of their breakup.
"I told them what they wanted to hear," Sophie replied. "I don't have the luxury of being offended."
While talking to a small group of reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour of 2019 in August, "Batwoman" executive producer Caroline Dries said Weekly show while while the series explores the complicated relationship of Kate and Sophie, Kate will have many romantic relationships throughout the series.
"We didn't want to sterilize Kate," explained Dries. "It's in this complicated relationship with Sophie because it's a past intellectual relationship, but for me what makes her part of her character is that she has girls. She goes on appointments."
Rose, who recently revealed that she had undergone emergency surgery after being injured doing superhero stunts on set, appeared in a recent episode of Buzzfeed's AM2DM to discuss the historical nature of the role.
"The story of Kate Kane is unique, but it is not unheard of. One of the things that happened to her was her expulsion from the military to be gay, and it was terrible for her and terrible for many people who really happened," said Rose. "It's amazing to see her go through this and find another purpose in her life, and she has turned into Batwoman."
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, also a lesbian, played a role in the pilot of "Batwoman" as Vesper Fairchild, a television and radio character who once dated Bruce Wayne. Maddow will not appear on the camera for the whole series as the role of Vesper is voice over.
While "Batwoman" is the first television program featuring an LGBTQ superhero star, it is not the only CW show to include an LGBTQ superhero. Transgender activist and actress Nicole Maines plays the transsexual character Nia Nal in the CW series "Supergirl" and Wentworth Miller and Russell Tovey, both openly gay actors, played a same-sex couple in "The Flash". Their characters, Citizen Cold and The Ray, kissed in the crossover event of The CW 2017, "Crisis on Earth-X". Later, in the series "The Flash", Citizen Cold announced that he wanted to marry The Ray. In "Legends of Tomorrow", Sarah Lance (Caity Lotz) and Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) grow from nemesis to friends to any love interests.
Last year, GLAAD's "Where We Are on TV" report found that the percentage of LGBTQ characters on prime-time television reached an unprecedented level with 1 in 11 characters identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.
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