By Robert Moran
Aussie actress Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter following backlash over her casting as DC’s lesbian Batwoman.
US studio Warner Bros last week confirmed Rose, 32, would take on the role of Batwoman Kate Kane in CW’s DC universe – a significant announcement that makes Kane the first gay superhero to lead a TV series.
But the casting decision drew criticism from some corners of the queer community, upset that the landmark lesbian role went to Rose, who has described herself as “gender-fluid”.
In the wake of the criticism, Rose has deleted her Twitter account and limited commenting on her Instagram account.
In a series of tweets reportedly posted just before she deleted the account, she hit back at speculation over her sexuality and told her critics she wished “we would all support each other and our journeys”.
“Where on earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be Batwoman’ come from… has to be the funniest, most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’… How do y’all flip it like that. I didn’t change,” the tweets, captured by followers online, read.
“When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable… When we tear each other down, it’s much more hurtful than from any group. But hey, love a challenge. I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more,” she wrote, adding “it’s been a rollercoaster year, this month especially.”
She confirmed she was taking a “break from Twitter to focus all of my energy on my next two projects”.
“If you need me, I’ll be on my Bat Phone,” she wrote.
The prominent role is set to see Rose star in crossover episodes throughout DC’s popular “Arrowverse”, which takes in hit series including The Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC Legends.
While a standalone series for Rose’s Kane was not yet confirmed, a pilot for the potential show is due to be filmed at the end of the year.
Rose, who rose to fame as an MTV VJ on local TV, had previously described landing the part as “a childhood dream”.
“This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on TV and felt alone and different,” she wrote on Instagram last week.