‘Batwoman’ — First look showing Ruby Rose as lesbian superhero

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The first artwork released by The CW of Ruby Rose as Batwoman. Photo: JSquared Photography/The CW.

The first artwork of “Orange is the New Black” star Ruby Rose as “Batwoman” has been released by The CW.

In the image, the lesbian superhero is on a rooftop in full costume extending her arms extended and showing her black and red cape.

“Batwoman” is being developed at the CW as a TV series. If the show is picked up, it would be historic — the first lesbian or gay superhero to headline a live-action series.

“Black Lightning” debuted on The CW last year with TV’s first black, lesbian superhero.

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Kate Kane a.k.a. Batwoman, will be introduced in the network’s annual DC crossover event that features characters from “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Supergirl.”

Kate Kane, has been described as being “armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind.” She soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, “an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter ready to defeat the city’s criminal resurgence.”

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Ruby Rose will portray lesbian superhero Batwoman on The CW crossover event. Photos: The CW, DC Comics

But don’t call her a hero yet. “In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

The three-day crossover show, scheduled to air December 9, 10, and 11, is titled “Elseworlds” and will mark the return of Tyler Hoechlin as Superman and introduce Jeremy Davies as Arkham Asylum’s Dr. John Deegan and Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane.

Caroline Dries of “The Vampire Diaries” is the series writer. She will also be executive producing with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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