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‘Batwoman’: Ruby Rose quits series but Stephanie Beatriz, Deville, Billy Eichner want a shot

Stephanie Beatriz Batwoman

Stephanie Beatriz, who stars as Rosa Diaz on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” has expressed a possible in playing “Batwoman” after Ruby Rose quit the series. Photo: John P. Fleenor/NBC.

Since Ruby Rose announced she would not return to the title role in the CW series “Batwoman,” three celebrities have said they want to play TV’s first lesbian lead superhero: Stephanie Beatriz, WWE superstar Sonya Deville, and Billy Eichner

Warner Bros. Television has said the role will be recast and the actress will be a member of the LGBTQ community. 

But that announcement hasn’t dimmed Eichner’s Batsignal.

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Billy Eichner

The comedian and “Billy on the Street” host Tweeted last week, “Just finished cleaning my apt again so…. Can I play Batwoman.”

More than 2,500 people liked Eichner’s Tweet, many of them supporting Eichner’s batty idea.

A few hours later Eichner Tweeted, “Any update on this? Just disinfected the soles of my shoes, would love to play Batwoman now if possible, thnx.”

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Another 2,007 people liked the second Tweet.

Sonya Deville

WWE star Sonya Deville, who identifies as a lesbian, wants a chance at playing “Batwoman,” TV’s first lesbian lead role superhero. The role is vacant after Ruby Rose announced last week that she had quit the series. Photo: Sonya Deville.

Eichner’s posted his thoughts a short time after Rose announced May 19 that she would not be returning to the title role in the CW series “Batwoman” for its second season.

A short time later, one of Eichner’s followers asked him, “Do you remember what happened the last time someone was obsessed with playing Catwoman??”

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Eichner said jokingly, “I sure do! SEAN YOUNG FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!”

It’s unclear if Eichner, who loves outlandish and over-the-top antics, is serious or joking about his desire to play the female caped crusader.

Nevertheless, the role is available.

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Ruby Rose quits ‘Batwoman’

Rose said she will not appear in season two of “Batwoman” just two days after the season one finale on May 17. 

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Rose made headlines and blazed a lesbian superhero trail when she put on the cape and cowl and played out and proud vigilante Kate Kane.

In her statement, Rose said in part, “I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season. This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”

In a joint statement, Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions thanked Rose for “her contributions to the success of our first season” and wished her “all the best.”

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They also mentioned the future of “Batwoman.”

“The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”

Stephanie Beatriz

Beatriz of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” who identifies as bisexual, and WWE superstar Sonya Deville, whose real name is Daria Berenato and who identifies as a lesbian, also have publicly expressed an interest in playing Batwoman.

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Beatriz sent social media into overdrive when she said Tweeted “*reads everything about Batwoman.”

Her Tweet has been liked more than 47,000 times.

Sonya Deville

Deville also threw her hat in the ring, but her action was more direct. She Tweeted: “Give me a shot at Batwoman” and tagged the show’s production company and producers.

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More than 3,600 followers liked Deville’s Tweet.

“Batwoman” fans are eager to see who will be cast in the role, and what Eichner’s next move will be.

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About the author

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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