Arrowverse co-creator Greg Berlanti is finally addressing the ongoing controversy surrounding Ruby Rose's casting as Batwoman in The CW's DC Comics-based shared universe. Earlier this summer, it was announced ahead of San Diego Comic-Con that the network would be adding Batwoman to the list of their already extensive DC superheroes, with the potential to spin off the character into her own standalone series down the line. Then, it was later revealed that Rose had been cast as the titular character.
Shortly after the announcement of Rose's casting as Batwoman, the actress suffered from a sudden wave of bullying, which ultimately amounted to relentless gate-keeping. Some people believed that she simply wasn't right for the part, which is a fair opinion to have of someone who has been cast in a notable role, but then there were plenty of others who attacked the actress for not being gay enough to portray Kate Kane. It wasn't long after that Rose decided to shut down her Twitter account and close off her Instagram comments to the public as a result.
In an interview with THR at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards in September, Arrowverse franchise producer Greg Berlanti addressed the controversy surrounding Ruby Rose's casting as Batwoman, saying that outrage against certain decisions is a tale as old as time in Hollywood. However, it's not something that producers should be fazed by. Here's what he said in full:
"Whenever you’re bringing change about in any form, there are always conversations that happen. I go all the way back to Dawson’s Creek. Twitter didn’t exist, but we would get boxes of letters expressing opinions in all directions from were we making enough change, should we be making more change, or why did we feel like we needed to do these things? It’s always part of the process, so just focus on the story and make the best episode that you can."
Berlanti also made sure to point out that the potential Batwoman TV series was still in the pilot stage. For those that aren't aware, Rose is slated to make her debut as the iconic superhero in this year's Arrowverse crossover event, Elseworlds, which will take place across three shows - Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl; Legends of Tomorrow will not be joining the crossover this time - over three nights. Furthermore, the entire crossover is supposed to take place in Gotham, which audiences saw for the first time in the official Elseworlds poster that debuted earlier this month.
Whether the network gives Batwoman a series order remains to be seen, but the character's popularity and the potential for more stories centered in Gotham will most likely be determined by the Elseworlds crossover this December. Regardless of all the bullying Rose has received online, she is still on board to portray Kate Kane in her first live-action television debut. In fact, Arrow star Stephen Amell recently teased Rose trying on the Batwoman costume for the first time, seeing as the cast and crew should be filming the crossover soon (if they haven't done so already).