The CW series “Batwoman” has announced a new main player: Javicia Leslie.
Leslie will be the first black actor to portray the hijacked super hero Batwoman. She replaces Ruby Rose, who portrayed Kate Kane as Batwoman in Season 1 and quit the role in May.
“I am extremely proud to be the first black actress to play Batwoman’s iconic role on TV, and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show that has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ + community,”
Ruby Rose, 34, praised the cast in an Instagram post: “OMG !! This is incredible !! I’m so glad Batwoman will be played by a fantastic black woman. “
Leslie will play Ryan Wilder, a new character in the show.
Variety reports that Wilder is “not your stereotypical All-American hero” and is very different from Kate Kane because she is “likable, messy, a little silly and untamed.”
She spent years avoiding Gotham City police as a drug run and is now “a girl who would steal milk for an alley cat and could also kill you with bare hands.”
And just like last season, the new Batwoman is still an out lesbian, ensuring that the show continues to showcase one of the most prominent LGBTQ stories on TV today.
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