The CW broke new ground Sunday night with the much-anticipated premiere of Batwoman. Openly gay actress Ruby Rose stars as the female caped crusader Batwoman/Kate Kane, TV’s first out lesbian superhero lead. And though some naysayers took to Twitter to air their grievances (Obviously. Its Twitter), the overwhelming majority of fans celebrated the milestone.
I am 49 years old and for the first time in my entire life I am watching a super hero TV show named after the main character who is a lesbian (like me) played by an out lesbian actor. It’s difficult to express how big a deal this is. #Batwoman— Tracy Levesque (@LilJimmi) October 7, 2019
Though Kate Kane is now a badass in a bat-suit, through a series of flashbacks, Batwoman showed her unfortunate journey that will be all too familiar to some. In one of those flashbacks, Kate and her presumed girlfriend, Sophie (Meagan Tandy), are caught kissing and must renounce their homosexuality or they will be forced to leave a military academy. In an especially poignant scene, given the Trump administration’s ban on trans men and women in the military, Batwoman shined a light on the harsh realities that some members of the LGBTQ community are faced with on a daily basis.
Sophie admits to Kate that she lied and told the academy leadership what they wanted to hear because she needs the school and wants to be there. Kate responded, “But they don’t want YOU” “Unfortunately,” Sophie replied, “I don’t have the luxury of being offended by that.”
Ruby Rose on the significance of her ground-breaking ‘Batwoman’:
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