If you’ve been dying for a new kind of Batwoman — as opposed to the, in my estimation, cooler-sounding Batgirl — then woke network The CW’s gotcha covered.
In a teaser hot off the shelf, the youth-oriented company’s edgy new super HERo gives the enemies of staunch traditionalism a bit of What For, if by no other means a glimpse of her punky red hair.
But there’s much more beneath the surface: Batwoman is a straight-up lesbian, played by openly gay actress Ruby Rose (no sexual appropriation here, Glenn Close).
Want more? Okay. The crime fighter’s eschewing truth, justice, and the American way for something much superior, according to The Hollywood Reporter:
Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane [Rose] soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.
— Batwoman (@CWBatwoman) May 8, 2019
She may sound perfect, but she’s got some bats in the belfry to work out over the course of the series:
But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
Batwoman debuted first, but was a rather silly character. She never had her own story and mostly served as a love interest to Batman. She proved to be unpopular and the character was scrapped for the most part. She would appear occasionally in the 70s and 80s to fight by Batgirl’s side or moon over Batman, but the character was in effect retired.
Oh — and here’s a bucket of wokeness from The Daily Wire. Roll up your pants legs and step on in. Mmmmm — it’s warm! Soak them toes:
Though Batwoman certainly has her own woke pedigree, SJWs were reportedly upset after Ruby Rose’s casting, prompting her to leave social media after enough people complained she was “not gay enough” to play the title character.
“A #RecastBatwoman hashtag started circulating, with people also wondering why the role couldn’t have gone to a lesser-known LGBTQ+ actress in need of an acting break,” Glamour reported at the time. “Critics also accused Rose of not being a lesbian since she also refers to herself as gender-fluid.”
In response, Rose said she could not believe people were actually insinuating she was not gay enough when her entire career has been people accusing her of being too gay. “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,” the actress tweeted at the time. “I came out at 12?”
So get your popcorn, turn on the tube, and get ready for a wild ride. And prepare for, I can only assume, one of my most hated modern movie special features: the sight of a 100-pound girl beating up 200-pound men. Gotham’s new bada$$ — played by an Australian model — is gonna sock it to ’em with her Kermit the Frog arms.
But hey — it’s Hollywood. If Ralph Macchio could learn how to fight by waxing a car, I supposed Ruby can trump the laws of physics.
But if they’re gonna do that, I humbly request they leave out another terrible cliche: the idea that “with great power comes great responsibility.” We’ve seen that one before. And before that, too. And I hope to never see it again.
Fight on, Batwoman.
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