Major comic book franchise fans can be very opinionated when it comes to who might be cast to portray their characters from print to screen, especially if it is live-action. Thus, the furor regarding the casting of Australian model-actress Ruby Rose as “Batwoman” on The CW has been quite notable. While Rose is already established to TV audiences recently for her prominent role in “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix, her taking on the role of Bruce Wayne’s crime-fighting cousin has been bogged down by the feminist-leaning promotion of her series. But the physical toll of being Batwoman became apparent with Rose’s revelation of a recent stunt work accident.
Comic Book Resources tells us that Ruby Rose shared details on social media of a surgery she had during the production of “Batwoman” on The CW. This came in the form of a video she posted on her Instagram account, which showed her undergoing an emergency procedure following a stunt accident that came close to leaving her paralyzed. In her video caption, Rose noted that the incident took place during shooting of her new show, two months ago. The actress notes that this surgery explains her new back scar, which she described as “Pez dispenser-shaped.”
“A couple of months ago I was told I needed an emergency surgery or I was risking becoming paralyzed,” Rose wrote on Instagram. “I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal chord(sic). I was in chronic pain and yet couldn’t feel my arms.” The “Batwoman” lead star remarked that she was inspired by an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” to have her surgery recorded, both as an insurance that the procedure happened uneventfully and to satisfy her own curiosity on what happens to a patient under general anesthesia. She also thanked her surgeon, a Dr. Bray, for his work.
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To everyone asking about my new Pez dispenser scar on my neck… A couple of months ago I was told I needed an emergency surgery or I was risking becoming paralyzed… I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal chord. I was in chronic pain and yet couldn’t feel my arms… Thank you Dr Bray for everything you did and for allowing me to keep working and doing what I love. I am forever in your debt. And to anyone asking why I let them video it.. Did you not watch that Greys anatomy episode where they left a towel in a patient?? Also I wanted to see what happens when we go under.
Ruby Rose must be hoping that her Instagram update on her stunt-related injury might drive home to standoffish audiences the risks she undergoes as a physical and action-oriented main character on a DC TV series on “The CW.” “The Batwoman” has been criticized for its heavy-handedness of feminist themes, particularly the way Rose’s character Kate Kane assumes control of a skeleton Wayne Enterprises following the disappearance of her cousin Bruce, and her taking over his secret crime-fighting duties while redesigning the bat-costume to be feminine.
Rose’s Batwoman first appeared in the “Elseworlds” inter-series crossover of the “Arrow-verse” shows in late 2018. Her own series premieres October 6, and will also figure on the next crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”
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