It’s official. Javicia Leslie will be taking over the title role of Batwoman on the CW when its second season begins next year.
Batwoman was thrown into turmoil almost immediately after the close of its first season when it was abruptly announced that Ruby Rose would be leaving the show. Questions swirled about who would replace Ruby as Kate Kane, questions that mounted when it was further revealed that a completely new character would be introduced to take up the Batwoman mantle.
Now, we have our answers: Javicia Leslie, who most recently starred in God Friended Me, will be taking over the role of Batwoman and playing a completely new character named Ryan Wilder. This is groundbreaking as this makes Javicia the first black actress to play Batwoman in a live-action TV or film production.
“I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Leslie.
Leslie’s character, Ryan Wilder, is described as “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the Batsuit before her. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. Today Ryan lives in her van with her plant. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat and could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”
It will be so exciting to see what Javicia Leslie brings to the story of Batwoman once the series returns for season two in 2021.