Despite getting praise from Orange Is The New Black co-star Laverne Cox, Green Arrow himself Stephen Amell, and of all people Mariah Carey— it wasn't enough to stomach the constant bigotted tweets from users that didn't know Rose nor the fictional character is gay.
Rose addressed the speculation with a tweet on Friday before suspending her account. "Where on earth did “Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be batwoman” come from – has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with “she’s too gay” how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change," Rose tweeted according to Screen Rant. The openly gay actor is active on Instagram but commenting has been restricted.
The Batwoman that Rose is expected to portray was made famous by Greg Rucka and JH Williams III back in 2010. In the series, the character was expelled from the United States Military Academy for coming out of the closet. Batwoman is one of the few openly gay superheroes that has an ongoing monthly series.
Rose was on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show after she learned the news before stepping on the red carpet premiere for her upcoming summer blockbuster The Meg. She didn't want to talk to the press to avoid crying on camera because she was excited to portray a strong gay character and excited to visit Children's Hospitals and people in need in costume. "Be yourself because everyone else has been taken," Rose quoted Oscar Wilde. "I've always lived by that motto and the second motto when I came into the industry was "Be the person that you needed when you were younger." I feel like sort of one motto led to another and I just kept crying."
Batwoman is expected to appear in an upcoming Arrowverse crossover event in the fall.