Producer Greg Berlanti has broken his silence on the casting of Ruby Rose as Batwoman, which resulted in a backlash on Twitter that led Rose to leave the social media platform altogether.
Rose was revealed to have been cast in the role of Kate Kane aka Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the Gotham’s criminal resurgence. The actress herself, who will be the first openly gay superhero to lead a live-action series, deleted her Twitter account after she was attacked online by fans who claimed she wasn’t Jewish enough, or that she didn’t possess the acting chops for the role.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Berlanti dished on how his time working on Dawson’s Creek prepared him to the controversy following Rose’s casting:
“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. 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.”
The producer also teased Rose in the role, praising her performance as he shared his excitement for fans to see her in the upcoming crossover:
“[Ruby] is terrific in the role, and we’re excited for people to see the story.”
This year’s mega-crossover event titled “Elseworlds” will see the introductions of both Batwoman (Rose) and Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane along with the return of Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman who previously made his debut on Supergirl. Green Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl will visit Gotham City after learning about the machinations of an Arkham Asylum doctor across the episodes.
The 2018 Arrowverse crossover event starts with a special episode of The Flash on Sunday, December 9 and continues with Arrow on Monday, December 10. The three-night event concludes with Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11. All three entries will air at 8:00 p.m. ET on their respective nights.