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Javicia Leslie to Be the First Black Woman to Play Batwoman

“I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community.”

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The CW has found its new lead for Season 2 of Batwoman after Ruby Rose‘s departure at the end of the first season. Actress Javicia Leslie has been signed on as the new Batwoman, making her the first Black woman to take on the role. Deadline reported the description of Leslie’s character Ryan Wilder and said:

“She’s 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 also could 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.”

“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 said in a statement. Following the announcement, Rose took to Instagram to congratulate Leslie: “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.”

Produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Batwoman Season 2 is scheduled to return in January 2021 on The CW.

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