With times changing and the LGBTQ+ community being more included in society, popular super-hero franchise DC Comics has revealed that Batwoman is a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
The beloved superhero revealed her truth on the CW series, ‘Batwoman,’ in the 10th episode of the first season, “How Queer Everything Is Today!”
The big reveal seemingly pays homage to talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres who came out on the cover of ‘Time’ magazine in 1997, as Batwoman “came out in a cover story for the fictional Catco magazine,” Newsweek reports.
The series, which began in October, follows the main character, Kate Kane (the identity behind the heroine costume), who is also an out lesbian. Now her alter ego has joined the LGBTQ+ community as well.
This reveal marks the first time in history that a superhero from DC Comics has been a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Batwoman/ Kate Kane is played by popular ‘Orange Is The New Blck’ actress Ruby Rose, who also identifies as a lesbian.
Rose spoke to Variety back in October 2019, about her character’s sexual preferences feeling “normal” and no different than her regular life.
“I’ve just been gay forever, so it doesn’t feel like I’m doing anything gayer or more gay,” she said. “I think that everything I do in my life has a similar message…whether I’m playing straight or gay, me as a human being, I live gay.”
Batwoman’s decision to come out followed rumors that she was involved romantically with a male cop. The big decision to make an announcement was also inspired by Parker Torres, another character on the show, who was “outed” to her parents due to an angry ex-girlfriend, Newsweek reports.
Caroline Dries spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and revealed that her wife’s coming out story also played a part in Batwoman labeling as well as the influence she wishes she had during her upbringing, stating, “I have always said that Kate and now Batwoman is the person that, obviously, I wish I had growing up, and she is still the person I aspire to be. She is way more comfortable than I am.”
“With Parker, the girl who pushes Kate to have Batwoman come out, I used my wife’s coming out story,” Dries explained. ”A girl she was dating in high school got mad at her and called her mom and outed her. I felt like that was very relatable. It’s the idea of somebody who is not ready to come out yet, being weaponized against them.”
In her conversation with Variety, Rose added that at the end of the day, she wants to be an inspiration for people like herself, to so they feel included.
“I just hope that everything I do in life just shows there’s room for people like myself to get jobs in acting, in entertainment, in all of the places I’ve found myself working, and to have fun and be accepted and be appreciated,” Rose continued.