The Orange is the New Black actress will make history as the first openly gay female superhero. Vegan actress Ruby Rose has been selected to play DC Comics character “Batwoman”—the first openly gay female superhero. “The bat is out of the bag, and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck because this is a childhood dream,” Rose posted to Instagram. “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.” While Rose will play Batwoman as a recurring character across four DC superhero series on The CW, writer/executive producer Caroline Dries is creating a separate series dedicated to the groundbreaking superhero—which is scheduled to debut during the 2019-2020 pilot season. Rose recently explained that she began transitioning to an animal-free diet after learning about the atrocities of the shark fin industry and, coincidentally, appears in upcoming shark-themed action thriller The Meg.