The CW has announced Javicia Leslie will be the new Batwoman going forward.
Leslie, who’s known for her role on God Friended Me, will replace Ruby Rose who stepped down from her role as Batwoman after the show’s first season.
The search for a new Batwoman had lead to the likes of WWE star Sonya Deville being linked with the role, but it’s Leslie who ultimately landed it.
Leslie’s Batwoman will be an entirely new character after it was revealed The CW had planned to retire Kate Kane and cast an entirely new character in the Batwoman role.
Leslie will portray a new character on the show named Ryan Wilder. She 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. She is an out lesbian, athletic, raw, passionate, fallible, and very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.
Shortly after the announcement, the actress released a statement on the news:
“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,”
Batwoman’s second season is set to air in January 2021, with the usual premiere date delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic.