On Tuesday, less than three months after we learned that Batwoman will be introduced to the Arrowverse this fall, we finally found out who will fight for Gotham City on The CW as Kate Kane. Orange Is the New Black and The Meg star Ruby Rose landed the role, making her the first actress to bring the character to life in live action. Then, just one day later, she got the chance to talk about it on The Tonight Show with host Jimmy Fallon.
While on the show to promote The Meg, Rose revealed that she got the call that she'd been cast as Kate Kane shortly before she had to head to the premiere for the new Jason Statham thriller on Monday. The news wasn't public at the time, and Rose was worried she was going to slip up and accidentally tell someone while walking the red carpet, because she "kept spontaneously crying" about her casting.
"I feel like the reason I kept getting so emotional is because, you know, growing up watching TV I never saw somebody on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero," Rose said, fighting back tears.
Rose has been an out lesbian since she was 12, and suffered bullying as a teenager because of her sexuality. Kate Kane is one of the most important and beloved gay characters in comics, and Rose noted that playing the role will allow her to live up to one of her career mottoes: "Be the person that you needed when you were younger."
It also, Rose noted, will allow her to continue her charity work of visiting children in hospitals with a whole new persona.
"It was like the third thing that I thought about. I was just like, 'Wow, not only can kids watch this growing up and relate to it and feel empowered and think that they can be a superhero, but also I can go and do these things like visiting hospitals and kids and people in need,'" she said. "It's an amazing opportunity."