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Ruby Rose to Play Lesbian Superhero Batwoman on New CW Series!

It's time for some great casting news!

Ruby Rose will be joining the CW's Arrowverse. She will be playing Batwoman as the titular character in the upcoming TV series.

Even before that series premieres, fans will get to see her make an appearance as Batwoman.

Ruby Rose Will Play Batwoman

Greg Berlanti is living his best life. He is producing Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Titans, and more.

And soon, he and writer Caroline Dries will have a new series for The Cw: Batwoman.

The character of Batwoman will make her first appearance before her show even begins, because she will have a role on his December's big DC crossover event.

And The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Batwoman will be played by Ruby Rose.

Ruby also a model and recording artist, and is noted for acting roles on Orange Is The New Black and Dark Matter as well as film roles like John Wick II and The Meg.

This is great news!

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If you're not familiar with the character of Batwoman, you should start off by knowing that she is emphatically not Batman's girlfriend.

In fact, Batwoman is Bruce Wayne's cousin. Also, she's a lesbian. Her name is Kate Kane.

Like her cousin, she utilizes combat skills, detective work, and gadgetry in order to combat her city's criminal element.

The Batwoman series will follow Kate Kane as she pursues her interest in social justice and her training in street fighting, battling her inner demons and also battling crime in Gotham.

There have been a number of versions of Kate's story over the years -- that's the nature of comics. It's likely that fans will see both new and familiar elements of Kate as they watch her joint he Arrowverse.

Ruby Rose in Black-and-White.

While Batwoman won't be the DC's first lesbian superhero on the CW (for example, there is Anissa Pierce, aka Thunder on Black Lightning), or the first LGBT+ lead on a DC show (that would be Sara Lance on Legends of Tomorrow), she will be the first gay lead.

Showrunners had decided from the get-go that they wanted to cast an openly gay actress for the role.

Representation is important, and a lot of heterosexual actors have been hailed as "brave" for portraying LGBT+ characters over the years.

Ruby Rose, who came out as gay when she was 12, and was dating Jess Origliasso of The Veronicas until April of this year, is a great fit.

The Arrowverse is affirming its commitment to representation with Nicole Maines, a trans woman who will play a trans superhero, joining Supergirl as a series regular next season.

Ruby Rose Tattoo Selfie

When the news of her casting broke, Ruby took to Instagram to confirm it to her followers.

"The Bat is out of the bag," Ruby's captions begin. "And I am beyond thrilled and honored."

"I’m also," she admits. "An emotional wreck."

This means so much to her, she explains, "because this is 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," Ruby says. "Who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different."

Kids and teens need representation, too.

"Thank you everyone," Ruby says. "Thank you god."

Ruby Rose Looks Great on Instagram

We still do not know which other characters will be featured on Batwoman, let alone who will play them.

(We all have our fancasts of who should play Renee Montoya -- a comics character often associated with Batwoman, though, like Harley Quinn, Montoya was originally conceived in the 1990s for Batman: The Animated Series)

Batwoman is expected to air on the CW, while other upcoming live-action DC shows like Titans, Doom Patrol, and Swamp Thing will be making their debut on the DC Universe streaming app, which is now available for preorder.

Congratulations to Ruby Rose for living her dreams and getting to bring this comics legend to life!

Arrow Season 6 Episode 16 Recap: An Original Character Exits!

Nyssa al Ghul's return was always going to come with a multitude of drawbacks. 

When Arrow Season 6 Episode 16 got underway, members of the League of Assassins debated who should replace Malcolm Merlyn who died on Lian Yu. 

That's when Nyssa appeared on the scene with an army of her own and started to fight with the League. But Nyssa did not manage to stop them going after their next target: Thea. 

Team Arrow

When she and Roy were in the car, they were attacked, and Nyssa showed up to save them from near certain death. 

Back at the lair, Nyssa told Oliver and company that Malcolm had been recruiting an army at the time of his death and that Athena and the others thought Thea had a map they were looking for. 

As such, they wanted to kill her and take the map. But Thea did not even know anything about the map, so she decided to join forces with Nyssa to retrieve the map. 

Just when it seemed like Nyssa and Thea were getting somewhere, Athena closed in on them in a warehouse in which they found the map, but it was in a safe. 

Thea tried to make a getaway with the safe, but Athena appeared out of nowhere and shot her. Team Arrow paid the villain back by shooting her, and everyone managed to escape. 

Willa Holland as Thea Queen

Just as Nyssa told Oliver all about what she was getting up to since their last meeting, Felicity appeared with some great news: She cracked the safe. 

But the map had no ink whatsoever on it, so it seemed like a complete waste of time. Oliver then realized that Thea was not happy in Star City and that she should make a getaway with Roy and live a happy life. 

The entire group went to take down Athena, but she revealed that the map's ink only becomes viewable to the human eye when it comes into contact with blood. 

A fight broke out once again, and Roy saved everyone when it emerged that the building was rigged with bombs. Thea and Athena battled it out, and Thea's blood winded up on the map. 

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The map revealed there were three Lazarus pits and Thea wanted to destroy them all before a bunch of old villains started to return from the dead. 

Nyssa annulled her marriage to Oliver and set off on a mission with Thea and Roy. That was the conclusion of Thea's arc on Arrow. 

Willa Holland's exit from the series was pretty darn obvious when you consider the fact that her presence on the show has diminished over the last few years. 

What do you think of the big exit?

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Arrow Season 6 Episode 14 Recap: Collision Course

Black Siren is one of the sketchiest characters in all of DC TV. 

On Arrow Season 6 Episode 14, Dinah continued her mission to find and kill Laurel 2.0, and it resulted in one of the worst episodes of the series to date. 

Oliver and Felicity on Arrow

When we picked up, Oliver was still in police custody and learning all of the information. He subsequently met up with his cabinet. 

There was a lot of uncertainty in the air because the money they gave to Cayden was well and truly missing. 

Oliver revealed to Lance and Thea that Dinah was not about to give up her fight to take down Laurel and that they needed to stop her before it was too late. 

Dinah dropped the bomb on Oliver that the money from the offshore account was gone, and this presented Oliver with a big issue: The city was going to fall apart if the money was not returned. 

Dinah knew Laurel was behind it and showed off footage from the security camera to prove as much. This further fueled Dinah's rage towards the Earth-2 version of Laurel Lance. 

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While everyone seemed to be on the lookout for Laurel, we learned that Lance still had her and was helping her recover from her gunshot wound. 

Lance kept Laurel's whereabouts on the down low and even went as far as trying to help them find ways to capture her. 

He thought he was doing well, but then Thea followed him back to the lair and witnessed him helping the villain. 

The fractured Team Arrow met up at Dinah, Curtis and Rene's hideout, and it became a big argument over who took Black Siren. 

The fight was pointless, but Rene managed to put a listening device on Oliver, so now they will be one step ahead of the game when trying to get ahead of their former allies. 

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Thea got Laurel on the phone with Oliver, and she revealed that she would hand over the cash so long as Team Arrow helped her get well out of the country and away from Dinah's clutches. 

Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity were on with the plan to help, but then Diggle's bionic arm started acting up, and we got the reveal that Curtis was hacking it to get their location. 

Dinah and her friends appear, and a big fight ensues, but Curtis manages to persuade Dinah into not killing Black Siren. 

Rene was injured in the fight, and he had to be taken to the hospital, and it emerged that his injuries were severe. 

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Oliver had to tell everyone on his cabinet that they may not even get the money back, so it might be best to just give up on it. 

In a final scene, Laurel was at a warehouse and asked for help from a worker under the pretense that she was kidnapped. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Arrow Season 6 Episode 13 Recap: The Devil’s Greatest Trick

Has the whole Cayden James plot been wearing you down?

If so, we are happy to report that Arrow Season 6 Episode 13 gifted viewers with a whole lot of twists. 

Cayden and his team decided to detonate the bomb to destroy Star City at midnight. This was in response to Vigilante turning against them. 

We took a trip to the past and found out that Cayden was working as a hacker, and it was getting in the way of his relationship with his son. 

He was missing his son's basketball games, and disaster struck when the failing father was whisked away by ARGUS agents. The heartbreaking thing about it was Cayden later learned his son was murdered. 

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Former Helix worker, Alena unmasked the murderer and confirmed he was none other than Karl Iscove. The trouble about all of it was that he was dead. 

Oliver took the real footage to Cayden who was shocked, but he told Oliver and Diggle to round up Anatoly, Diaz and Black Siren. 

Oliver managed to get the team together and got them to go after the three villains. 

Black Siren later admitted to being the one to order Owen's murder, but Cayden seemed to think she was bluffing. 

Dinah was on hand to fight with Black Siren. She was still mad because Siren murdered Vincent on Arrow Season 6 Episode 12. 

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Quentin appeared in the nick of time, but Dinah stole his gun and shot Black Siren. Afterwards, Quentin continued to have hope that there was some of Laurel inside the villain. 

Thus, he kidnapped her and took her well away from everyone. Will this end well for anyone, or will it all be a little too much to handle?

Elsewhere, Cayden was finally arrested and taken into custody. He chatted with Oliver and seemed like he genuinely wanted to help take down the others. 

Oliver agreed to let Cayden visit his son's grave because he understood how difficult it was to be apart from a family member. 

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However, Ricardo Diaz later made his way into where Cayden was being held and admitted that he was the one who killed Owen and that he took great pride in it. 

Ricardo then said that Star City was going to be taken over and that he would be the one in power. Before Cayden got a chance to respond, the new villain stabbed him to death. 

Who would have thought we would be losing the villain this early in the season?

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Arrow airs Thursdays on The CW. 

Arrow Season 6 Episode 12 Recap: All For Nothing

The Grim Reaper came calling on Arrow Season 6 Episode 12, but did a character worth caring about die?

When the episode got underway, Cayden James continued to tighten his grip on the residents of Star City. 

He had control of most of the city, and not even A.R.G.U.S. managed to help take the villains down. 

Oliver and Thea conferred about what the best course of action would be to save as many people as possible. 

The best course of action, it seemed, was to create bomb shelters to give the citizens a place to hide if the unthinkable happened. 

Oliver and Diggle worked together with the aim of taking down Vigilante, but then Renew Curtis dropped the bomb that Vince was a good egg. 

This gave Team Arrow a glimmer of hope as Felicity came to the conclusion that Vince could plant a technological device in in Cayden's lair to give the details about the mobile bomb. 

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While Oliver was against using Vince because he's been doing lots of sketchy things for over a year now, he realized there was no other way, and he had to roll with it. 

In an unsurprising turn of events, Vince was caught in action. He thought he fooled his way out of it, but Cayden and Anatoly later captured him. 

Dinah was adamant to save Vince because they go way back, and all that jazz. The team could hear him being tortured. Oliver did not want to save Vince because the bomb needed taking care of, but Curtis and Rene stepped up to the challenge. 

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Just when Dinah caught up with Vince, an explosion lit up the whole venue, and Dinah was left trapped. That's when Black Siren appeared in all of her villainous glory. 

She seemed against killing Vince, but she did so right after Cayden told her, solidifying herself as a villain. 

Dinah was mad because she failed to save her man, and that he mostly died for nothing. Felicity found out that the same people who released the picture of Oliver as Arrow edited the video of Oliver killing Cayden's son. 

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With this latest twist, Team Arrow is more divided than ever, and Dinah is determined to take down all of those who were involved in the drama in Star City. 

Given that Black Siren hesitated, is it fair to assume that she's thinking of to the good side? 

That could be fun because Dinah is not ready to forgive her and will probably want to kill her. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Arrow Season 6 Episode 11 Recap: We Fall

Cayden James may be one of the dullest villains to date on The CW's Arrow, but he sure knows how to turn up the heat. 

On Arrow Season 6 Episode 11, Cayden was killing people left, right and center to get his point across to Oliver. 

Oliver turned to Quentin and gave him back control of the SCPD to try and bring some safe zones into the city because things were just getting out of hand. 

William was caught up in one of the attacks when he was on a school bus on a trip. Explosions trapped him and his classmates in a tunnel. 

The good thing about having a crime-fighting father is that you get some survival skills that come naturally. Things took a turn when William got cut off from his friends due to the severity of the explosions. 

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Oliver saved William, but the kid figured out who was behind the mask, and he was not impressed. 

If you watch Arrow online, you will already know that Oliver promised his kid he would not go back to crime-fighting.

Oliver decided it was bet to let his son spend some time in the bunker to get a feel for the place. Maybe if he got to see the good that Oliver was doing, he would understand. 

This gave Felicity the opportunity to talk about how amazing her husband is at what he does. Slow, but surely, William was coming around to his father's line of work. 

The Queen Family

“Heroes don’t always make it home; I never forget that,” Felicity said before taking a look over at Laurel's suit. 

“Oliver hasn’t always been truthful, he’s not perfect, but he makes his sacrifices, and so we have to make ours. You can worry, but you have to believe he’s going to be OK. That’s the only way this works.”

Yes, Felicity is excellent at inspirational talks, and should probably give the team them instead of Oliver from here on out. 

William seemed to warm to the idea of his father being the Green Arrow, so that's the big positive. 

Oliver later apologized for lying to his son and agreed that there was no excuse for lying. Oliver even went as far as offering to hang up his Green Arrow costume for good. 

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The kid knew how integral to saving the city his father was and wanted him to continue with it. See! There is such a thing as being open and honest. 

Cayden James may have terrorized the residents of the city, but he his influence helped Oliver get closer to his son. 

It's just a shame Oliver gave up and allowed the transfer of $10 million to the villain at the close of the episode. 

You win some; you lose some. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Arrow Season 6 Episode 10 Recap: Divided

Going after a villain on your lonesome is not that fun. 

Oliver Queen realized just that on Arrow Season 6 Episode 10 in the aftermath of the team falling apart. 

Cayden James made it his mission to get some stock in Star City, so he turned to Jerry Bertinelli to sell his control of Star City ports. There was some bribery thrown in for good measure. 

Curtis made a trip to the bunker to check up on Diggle, but there was some interference in the lair, and it paved the way for Felicity to find out that the lair has been bugged for quite some time. 

This made Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity aware that the secret identities of the team members were no longer a secret and that made the mission to take down the villain even more desperate. 

Another lead later, Oliver finally got close to Cayden, but he was shocked to find out that Cayden was just one of the villains he would have to take down. Oliver had to make a quick getaway before meeting a demise. 

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This paved the way for Oliver to meet up with Curtis, Dinah, and Rene to fill them in on what was going on. Dinah was floored by the reveal that Vince is part of the band of villains. 

Initially, Dinah was apprehensive about believing Oliver, but it was all confirmed when she confronted Vince, and he turned on her. 

While Oliver was intent on continuing with things the way they were, Diggle wanted to drum into his friend's head that forgiveness could be the way forward. 

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Instead, Oliver pressed on and met the villains in a warehouse, and took down a lot of them. Ultimately, Vigilante took Oliver down once again, but he did not die. 

This gave Oliver food for thought as he realized that he could not fight alone because there were just too many villains to take down. Oliver then decided to ask everyone to rejoin the team and take down the villains. 

However, Curtis, Rene, and Dinah opt to decline Oliver's request and make their own team that will operate from the headquarters of Helix. The reason was that the trust issues in Team Arrow are just not worth it. It was a crazy twist, but Curtis helped put Diggle back out into the field. 

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Elsewhere, Thea continued to get accustomed to being out of her coma, and she was not impressed with Lance. He wanted to find a way to redeem Black Siren because of her uncanny lookalike to Laurel. 

This did not go down well primarily because of the amount of effort Thea put into trying to "fix" Malcolm, but she ultimately waved the white flag and joined his cause. 

However, she stopped short of rejoining Team Arrow because she is "not there" yet. How long will it take?

What did you think of the episode?

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Arrow Season 6 Episode 9 Recap: Irreconcilable Differences

Oliver and Felicity got married at the close of the DC crossover, and Arrow Season 6 Episode 9 found them making the whole thing official. 

When the episode got underway, the couple were ecstatic to be married finally, and it seemed like Donna Smoak was slowly, but surely getting the hots again for Noah. 

The Queen Family

While everyone enjoyed the event, Lance got a shocking phone call in which someone volunteered the news that someone from Team Arrow spoke to Agent Watson and named Oliver as Green Arrow. 

Oliver wondered which member of the team could be trying to double-cross him, so he tasked his new wife with showing him where Rene, Dinah, and Curtis had been. 

She found footage of Dinah meeting with Vince, and that was enough for the team to rule her as the perpetrator, but would she really go this far?

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Oliver decided to leave her out of a mission to steal something from good old ARGUS. The reason for the mission? Lance had been kidnapped by Black Siren and Cayden James wanted the device for Lance's safe return home. 

When the team made their way back to the bunker, Dinah was unimpressed that she had been left out of the mission and wondered why that could be the case. 

Oliver wasted no time in confirming they already know about her meet-ups with the villains. Dinah was mad, saying that was not the case and they should have spoken to her first. 

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Just as Dinah was being looked down on by every single member of the team, Rene chimed in with some news: He was the tipster who went behind the team's back. 

The FBI allegedly threatened him from ever seeing his daughter again, so he was forced to tell them the man in green was none other than Oliver Queen. 

Oliver was irate, but he knew the lengths he would go to for his own kid, so it made sense, in a way. Things got worse when Rene did not follow protocol on the exchange. 

But Team Arrow was fracturing and Dinah and Curtis were not impressed with the fact that they were put in the firing line for chatting to the feds. 

A New Team Arrow

They quit the team and left Team Arrow in their rearview mirror, and who can blame them? Trust is integral to keeping things going smoothly. 

Oliver questioned how Cayden knew what was going on in the bunker, and they realized that Black Siren planted a camera in the bunker so everything they had been doing was being watched. 

We then found out that Anatoly, Vince, and Ricardo Diaz were all working together, so there's that. 

What did you think of Arrow's farewell to 2017?

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The Flash Recap: Who Got Married? Who Died?

DC TV's Crisis on Earth-X concluded Tuesday night, and it did so in crazy fashion. 

When The Flash Season 4 Episode 8 got underway, the teams were still very much split up. Half of them were in Earth-X, and the rest were holed up in the walls of S.T.A.R. Labs. 

Crisis on Earth-X

The heroes on Earth-X geared up to be executed, but Leonard Snart-X aka Leo appeared and saved them right in the nick of time, and it became apparent why. His boyfriend, The Ray was holed up with them. 

Leo and The Ray decided to help the heroes get back to their world before Supergirl was murdered and her heart removed for the Nazi version of the superhero. 

However, General Schott, the Earth-X version of Supergirl's Winn was against the idea and wanted the only pathway home for the heroes blown up before weapons that could affect other worlds. 

Leo and The Ray managed to talk him around after Maggie tried and failed to play the "I know you from my Earth" card. So, the team set off for the device to get home, but they had to go up against a multitude of villains. 

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Oliver took on the role of his Earth-X counterpart and got access to the compound, and while his plan was working, he was forced to shoot the Earth-X version of Felicity. 

This made everyone realize what was going on, and the jig was up. Oliver managed to take down the men inside, but when the other heroes appeared, it became clear they were not making it out without a fight. 

Winn-X called to say he was sending a weapon to destroy the device because there was no more time and the worlds were at stake. The Ray and The Flash went to do battle with the weapon, and they struggled to overpower it. 

In the midst of the battle back at the building, Stein saw an opportunity to emerge from the shadows and open the portal to allow them to get through. He was shot several times and bled out on the floor. 

Stein Dies on The Flash

DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 9 picked up in the immediate aftermath and Stein was bleeding out while the battle continued. When they made it through, Jax canceled the connection to Stein and he was in a bad way. 

Gideon could not save him, and it quickly became clear his time on the Earth was over. Stein let himself die, and Jax revealed the truth to his wife and daughter. They all embraced in a beautiful scene. 

Ray Palmer helped Supergirl escape just in the nick of time, and Supergirl took the Earth-X version of the city, and the villain exploded. Oliver then put an arrow through Oliver-X's heart. 

Supergirl Picture!

In the end, everyone attended the funeral for Stein and then made their way back to their respective planets. But Leo opted to stay behind and sent The Ray home. 

Barry then went to get Diggle to ordain his vows to Iris so they could get married, and Felicity decided she wanted to marry Oliver. They had a double wedding that was attended by five, including those who were getting married. 

So the two power couples are officially hitched, but the trouble will not be dying down for them anytime soon. 

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