Javicia Leslie Is TV’s First Black Batwoman

❤️ I want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the bat cape. This is amazing!!” she wrote. “I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman. “OMG!! Well! On Wednesday, the CW announced Rose’s successor: Javicia Leslie, most recently one of the stars of the CBS series God Friended Me. Addressing the casting plan for the second season, Dries previously promised that “LGBTQ+ justice is at the very core of what Batwoman is and we have no intention of abandoning that,” or Kane, whose “disappearance will be one of the mysteries of season two.” And like Kane, Wilder will be an out lesbian. A post shared by Javicia Leslie (@javicia) on Jul 8, 2020 at 3:55pm PDT

Batwoman is, per the Hollywood Reporter, “the first  first scripted live-action TV series to feature a lesbian superhero at the top of the call sheet,” and showrunner Caroline Dries and executive producer Greg Berlanti did not want a straight actor to take over the character. “And as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community.”

View this post on Instagram For all of the little black girls dreaming to be a superhero one day… You are walking into an amazing cast and crew. By Claire Lampen@claire_lampen

Javicia Leslie, Batwoman! Photo: Getty Images

In May, Ruby Rose left the CW’s Batwoman after just one season, possibly because the titular role demanded too much work and required her to live in a city she disliked (Vancouver). “I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television,” Leslie said in a statement. I can’t wait to watch season 2 you are going to be amazing!!”

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Deadline Wilder will be a “likable, messy” 20-something who’s “a little goofy and untamed,” and “about to become Batwoman.” And Leslie will be the first Black actor to portray Batwoman in a live-action production. But perhaps you have been wondering, these past few months, who will wear the bat-catsuit next? Leslie’s pre-Batwoman credits include starring roles on the BET series The Family Business and in the film Always a Bridesmaid. it’s possible! And underscoring the purported lack of bad blood between her and the show she left, Rose celebrated Leslie’s casting on Instagram. Who knows what happened, really? Leslie will take up the role of Ryan Wilder, who is, as previously reported, a new character, not based on Rose’s Kate Kane.

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