Javicia Leslie is taking the stage as she replaces Ruby Rose as the new Batwoman for the series upcoming second season on The CW.
Javicia Leslie who previously starred in ‘God Friended Me’ on CBS, is set to debut in the iconic role of CW’s new Batwoman, in January 2021.
Batwoman premiered last fall as the first superhero series in television history to feature an LGBTQ character as the central character. Following Ruby Rose’s departure in May, the producers vowed to cast another LGBTQ actor in the role, with Javicia casting as Batwoman they initiated a whole new venture.
“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,” Javicia said in the casting announcement.
Javicia will portray a new character on the show named Ryan Wilder. Ryan is described as ‘likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed’. She’s also nothing like the previous Kate Kane, who was played by Ruby Rose – the woman who had the Batwoman title before her.
The character of Ryan has no one in her life to keep her on the right path, as she spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and hiding her pain with bad habits. ‘She is an out lesbian, athletic, raw, passionate, fallible, and very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.’
Ruby Rose took to Instagram to congratulate Javicia as she replaces her in the role of Batwoman by posting a photo of her and saying, “OMG!! This is amazing!! I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman. I want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the bat cape. You are walking into an amazing cast and crew. I can’t wait to watch season 2 you are going to be amazing !!” –
Javicia Leslie also took to Instagram to share the exciting news saying, “For all of the little black girls dreaming to be a superhero one day… it’s possible!”. –
Javicia had a flood of comments going her way, congratulating her and sharing the excitement about her new role as Batwoman. This is definitely something to look forward to seeing in 2021.