Ruby Rose just recently announced that she would be taking up the mantle of Batwoman in the upcoming stand-alone live action series. Spinning out of the crossover events of Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl, Batwoman will be penned by Caroline Dries who is also executive producer alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns and will air this December.
Many fans, onlookers, stars, and industry peers cheered and gave her a warm welcome
Hey @RubyRose — Welcome!! It’s characters like Batwoman that will carry our Universe into the future. See you soon!
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) August 10, 2018
Hi Stephen my Grandaughter Ruby Rose Umpleby beat her to it. ? pic.twitter.com/qeG95Leh3O
— Ronald Umpleby (@RonboUK) August 11, 2018
There were many fans and onlookers who felt like Rose’s casting does not quite measure up to the mantle of the Bat.
Gay girls aren’t interested in ruby rose the way str8 girls are bc we all know she’s the dyke version of a fuckboy
— Ex_Wife_Material (@MotsduPrairie) August 8, 2018
Interesting how @TheCW pretends to care about the #LGBTQI community by hiring someone who has a history of outing people to play #Batwoman. All they care about is money and catering to the straight white demographic. The majority of fans have spoken. #RecastBatwoman
— Geekyme? (@Geekyme242) August 8, 2018
Fans and twitterati alike already seem to favor Ashley Platz. One look at her audition tape, and you can see why…
— taylor (@lesbicorp) August 7, 2018
However, 48 hours and an onslaught of tweets later…
— Ruby Rose Daily (@RubyRoseDaily) August 11, 2018
One thing is for sure, the issue of representation, identity, and television cinema is deeper than corporate preferences and purist possessiveness. But what exactly is the issue? Well in my opinion…
Ok, you’re right! lol. I definitely don’t have any on this one right here. But the controversy and backlash does remind me of something the phenomenal scholar, author, and activist W.E.B. DuBois claimed at a time when opposition to the racist caricatures of blackface minstrelsy was fierce that, “All art is propaganda, and ever must be…” He also further explains, “But art is not simply works of art; it is the spirit that knows Beauty, that has music in its being and the color of sunsets in its headkerchiefs; that can dance on a flaming world and make the world dance, too.”