Daily News Bytes: Ruby Rose Is CW’s Batwoman, Disney OTT Update, RTX Women Speak Up & More

Ruby Rose Cast as The CW’s Batwoman
The Aussie actor and model, who became a household name after joining Orange Is the New Black in S3 and can be seen in upcoming giant shark flick The Meg, will star as Kate Kane in a series written and exec produced by Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) following a major DC crossover event in December. Rose, who is openly queer and genderfluid, is a fab choice for the DCU’s first LGBT+ superhero series.

As a side note on Rose, we’re also intrigued by her announcement that she will “never do an anime.”

Disney Outlines Streaming Service, Will Launch in Late 2019
With the Mouse House snapping up much of 20th Century Fox’s film and TV assets, CEO Bob Iger says the still unnamed service can be expected at the end of next year. Upcoming releases such as the remake of Dumbo and Captain Marvel will be offered alongside popular properties like Monsters, Inc., with some projects to be made specifically for the streamer (Lady and the Tramp remake, Noelle with Anna Kendrick). Iger hinted it may also debut at a lower price point than Netflix.

Women in Animation Are Making Strides Toward Equality, but Sexism Still Exists
At RTX Austin, 10 women behind Rooster Teeth Animation series RWBY, Camp Camp, Red vs. Blue and upcoming gen:LOCK discussed their past industry experiences, harassment, sexism, and how the Boys Club legacy continues to impact the biz despite a changing culture.

ANNY August Screening Wednesday 8/8
Don’t miss this week’s monthly screening by Animation Nights New York, at WEWORK DUMBO in Brooklyn at 8 p.m. (Encore screening Aug. 21 at The Gutter Spare Room). The lineup includes Valley of White Birds, 6:1, Swamp Witch and The Tiniest Man in the World, plus VR selections including The Museum of Symmetry.

REDCAT Presents The 2018 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
Los Angelenos should mark Nov. 3 on their calendar for the third annual showcase, dubbed “essential viewing” by Cine-File. Eyeworks is a curated annual festival that showcases abstract animation and unconventional character animation. The three screenings features two programs of short films including classic and recently restored films, works from rising names in the field, and premieres of new works by Maureen Selwood, Oliver Laric, Takeshi Murata, Larry Cuba, and Jon Rafman. The Festival also presents a solo retrospective screening of work from the 2018 festival guest. Past guests have included Martin Arnold, Nancy Andrews, and Jacolby Satterwhite.

APU Launches Animation Degree with 20th Anniversary Screening of ‘Mulan’
Azusa Pacific University’s new Bachelor of Arts program for animation/VFX will be headed by the Disney classic’s co-director, Tony Bancroft. The Christian college is located northeast of Los Angeles.

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