Actor Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter account and disabled public comments on her Instagram after her casting as CW’s new Batwoman received a backlash from fans.
Rose’s casting marks the first LGBTQ superhero to lead a live-action series. A Batwoman series is due to premiere on the network in 2019, focusing on Kate Kane. Kate Kane was first created by DC Comics in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman, before being reintroduced in 2006 as a gay woman of Jewish descent.
The criticism levied against Rose partially targeted the casting of a non-Jewish actor in the role. However, it seems Rose’s Twitter deletion may have particularly been motivated by accusations she shouldn’t play a lesbian character. Rose did in fact come out since the age of 12.
Rose is the latest of several female stars who have deleted their social media following harassment from fans.
“The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored,” Rose wrote on Instagram after news broke she’d been cast.
“I’m also an emotional wreck. 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 who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different. Thank you everyone. Thank you god.”
Rose’s Batwoman will be introduced to US audiences on The CW network in a December crossover episode featuring its other DC Comics properties, including The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl.