Javicia Leslie Cast as The CW's New 'Batwoman'
Best known for her role on God Friended Me, will be playing the new iteration of Batwoman going into Season 2. Leslie will be replacing Ruby Rose, who stepped away from her role as Kate Kane earlier this year.
“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.” - Leslie
Leslie will portray Ryan Wilder, a character whose arrival on the show has been rumored about for months. Ryan, who will make her debut in the Season 2 premiere this January, 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.
Former Batwoman Ruby Rose took to her Instagram to show her support