According to Dries, during the casting process she thought Rose wouldn't be interested in playing Kate Kane/Batwoman.
“We always joked, ‘We need a Ruby Rose,’” Dries recalled. “And it was like, ‘That would be great, but that’s not going to happen. She’s a movie star.’”
But Rose told Adweek that she’s thrilled to be making history as the first out-lesbian superhero in a live-action show.
“When people see the show, they will understand why this character is so important to me and why after reading the script, it was a no-brainer that I would happily spend as long as I’m allowed to playing this character, over trying to find new ones,” Rose said.
“The story they’re telling me is so much more in-depth, real, grounded, heartbreaking and wilder than what I anticipated.”
Rose said that this superhero will be a tough but vulnerable one, with a backstory filled with heartbreak and lost love.
“There’s so much in it that I think friends, or me when I was younger, or fans, or anyone can watch and feel part of their story is being told.”
Dries told Adweek that bringing Kate Kane/Batwoman to the screen is a deeply personal experience for her.
“To have the super-strong badass lead character be the base of the show, and that her love story is the love story of the show, is so ground-breaking and so important to me, as somebody who’s gay.”
“If I’d had this show as a 15-year-old, my life would have been so different. It would’ve been so much less depressing, and it would’ve felt like I had so much more support.”
Both Rose and Dries are determined to present Kane’s relationships in both a realistic and matter-of-fact manner, just as any heterosexual relationships would be.
“There’s a way that television shows and films often depict any kind of new relationship when it’s a woman and a woman. It often has a beginning, middle and end that’s always the same,” said Rose.
“Like, ‘Oh, my gosh, you’re my best friend and we’re having a slumber party in high school!’ It’s fine, because that is a way that still represents and still speaks to a legitimate way that people get together in relationships. But it also feels like we have to do more explaining than when it’s just a heterosexual couple.”
Instead, Kane’s relationships “are never going to be that explained. It’s just going to be like anybody else,” said Rose.
“And that I love, because as much as I love representation in any way, shape or form, I don’t think I’ve seen it normalized as much as this.”