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Ruby Rose is living her childhood dream of being a superhero as she suits up to play Batwoman, writes Colin Vickery
WHAT is it like being a superhero? Bloody uncomfortable if you ask Ruby Rose, who has been picked as the new Batwoman.
The Aussie actor, who starred in Orange Is the
New Black and Pitch Perfect 3, is
set to star in a 2019 television series about the caped crusader.
Rose will be part of history — her Batwoman is the first gay superhero to take a leading role in a television series.
Fans will get their first look at Rose as Batwoman in the DC superhero crossover event Elseworlds, which links episodes of Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow.
Rose’s costume was created by Oscar-winning designer Colleen Atwood whose most recent credit is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.
“There is a reason you never see superheroes get into their suits on film, because it is the most humbling and unattractive thing in the world,” Rose says.
“Once you are in you don’t dare drink a glass of water because peeing is a whole new mission not captured on these shows.
“However, I still feel electricity when I suit up and a memory I will never forget is standing in the brilliant Colleen’s office and trying it on for the first time.”
Rose, 32, the goddaughter of indigenous boxing legend Lionel Rose, has built up a roster of strong action roles, including opposite Jason Statham in The Meg, Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 2, Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and Vin Diesel in xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage.
Playing Batwoman — the character made her first comic book appearance in Detective Comics #233 in 1956 — seems like a logical next step.
“I read about the project and I saw some suggested casting choices and my name was starting to get used a lot as being rumoured to be attached to the role but I had not had any contact from anyone regarding it and I didn’t expect to,” Rose says. “I flew to China for a film premiere and when I landed late at night with an early start I saw I had emails and voicemails about whether I could put some scenes on tape. “Despite being pitch black and having no one to read offcamera I did my best to shoot four scenes. Then I got up at 4am to re-do as many as I could with someone from my team reading off-camera. “Then I spent four hours trying to send them from China, which in itself is impossible. As I got on my plane home (to Los Angeles) I found out that I would need to go in the day I landed and audition new scenes to a room of 10 people.”
Rose came out as lesbian at the age of 12. In more recent times she has described herself as “gender fluid”.
For a time, Rose was engaged to fashion designer Phoebe Dahl and was in a relationship with Jess Origliasso of The Veronicas.
“To me, it (playing Batwoman) fulfils my life mantra of ‘be the person you needed when you were young’,” Rose says.
“I can’t speak for everyone in the LGBTQI community but I know any win for anyone in our community is a win for all.” In the comic books, wealthy Gotham City heiress Kate Kane is inspired to create Batwoman by Batman’s heroics.
In the TV version, Kane is reportedly Batman alter-ego Bruce Wayne’s cousin.
“She remains mysterious but you (viewers) do get a small glimpse of who she is and what her life looks like,” Rose says.
“Like every crossover we have characters in unusual and unique situations. For Batwoman and Kate this is who she is with a bunch of superheroes turning up on her doorstep, not the Kate her friends and family and community know.”
Elseworlds reportedly opens with The Flash’s Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Arrow’s Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) waking to discover they have swapped bodies.
The pair recruit Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and travel to Smallville and Gotham City to investigate how such a shift has occurred.
Other characters set to make an appearance in the crossover include Superman/Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin), Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), Nora Fries (Cassandra Jean Amell) and Arkham Asylum doctor John Deegan (Jeremy Davies).
But it is Rose’s Batwoman that has created the biggest buzz.
“My mother had pet bats and she has a bat tattoo,” Rose says. “I was more of a diehard Archie girl. I had so many of them (Archie comics). That was my treat — I would buy one a week.
“Fortunately I’ve done a lot of stunt work the past five years and I maintain my fitness so training-wise it (physical fitness) was already set in motion before the role.
“As a child I dreamt of being a superhero before I dreamt of acting. Now I’ve got the holy grail — acting as a superhero.”
WATCH ELSEWORLDS, DC crossover event, FOX8, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8.30pm
“THERE IS A REASON YOU NEVER SEE SUPERHEROES GET INTO THEIR SUITS ON FILM”
RUBY ROSE STARS AS BATWOMAN IN THE DC SUPERHERO EVENT ELSEWORLDS