Arrowverse Producer Responds to Batwoman Casting Backlash

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Arrowverse producer Greg Berlanti recently attended the L.A. LGBT Center Vanguard Awards, where he addressed the backlash against the casting of Ruby Rose as Batwoman in the upcoming crossover.

“Whenever you’re bringing change about in any form, there are always conversations that happen. I go all the way back to Dawson’s Creek,” Berlanti told The Hollywood Reporter, referencing a kiss between two males characters on the hit WB series for which he served as showrunner. “Twitter didn’t exist, but we would get boxes of letters expressing opinions in all directions from were we making enough change, should we be making more change, or why did we feel like we needed to do these things? It’s always part of the process, so just focus on the story and make the best episode that you can.”

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“[Ruby] is terrific in the role," Berlanti continued, "and we’re excited for people to see the story.”

Rose quit Twitter in August following backlash against her casting as Kate Kane/Batwoman. For some fans, the decision to cast a non-Jewish actress was problematic, while others felt The CW could have easily decided to give a lesser-known LGBTQ actress a chance to star in the role. Additional complaints ranged from The Meg star’s acting not being up to par and a segment of fans believing Rose hadn’t publicly identified as lesbian, therefore making her a poor choice for the role of Batwoman, which Rose herself refuted. Others complained about the inclusion of the character in the Arrowverse and her sexuality in general.

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Rose will portray Batwoman first in this year’s Arrowverse crossover before going on to headline her own Batwoman pilot. The potential series will be overseen by Berlanti and written by Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries), who will also serve as the showrunner.

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