Greg Berlanti
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After the announcement that Greg Berlanti cast Ruby Rose as Batwoman, the first openly gay superhero to lead a TV show, humanity did what it does best and lost its collective mind. Rose was met with such harsh criticism on social media, that she eventually quit Twitter.

Producer and filmmaker Berlanti appeared with his husband, producer Robbie Rogers during the L.A. LGBT Center Vanguard Awards. Rogers spoke about some of the struggles Berlanti has had with network bosses as he’s worked to make comic book characters more diverse. Rogers said:

“Greg would say, ‘What good are those heroes if they don’t look like the world they’re saving?’”

While on the red carpet, Berlanti spoke about the reaction to the news that Rose had been cast as a lesbian Batwoman. Berlanti explained that the backlash wasn’t shocking, saying:

“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.”

While he couldn’t reveal much about Batwoman, Berlanti expressed his adoration of his leading lady, saying:

“[Ruby] is terrific in the role, and we’re excited for people to see the story.”

Rose will bring Batwoman to life in The CW’s upcoming crossover event this December. Check back for more news as it becomes available!