Batwoman has found its new headliner in Javicia Leslie.
Ruby Rose’s exit from The CW’s Batwoman came as a shock to fans earlier this year. But there is reason to rejoice now—the network has found its new Batwoman in Javicia Leslie, revealed The Hollywood Reporter. Leslie’s casting was confirmed by Batwoman creator, Caroline Dries, shortly after.
Speaking of taking on the role, Leslie said: “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 Season 2: What Will Happen with Kate Kane?
In the opening season of Batwoman, Rose had played the DC Comics’ character Kate Kane, but Leslie will not be taking on the same role. Instead, she will be playing a new character called Ryan Wilder who will take over as Gotham’s new Batwoman. We have yet to learn whether Leslie will wear the same iconic red hair and cape.
According to creator Dries, the second season will see Kate Kane disappear from Gotham with the plot focusing on finding her. Wilder will likely be introduced in the early episodes of the season to join Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), Mary Hamilton (Nicole Kang), Julia Pennyworth (Christina Wolfe), and Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy) to locate Kate.
At the end of season one, Kate’s twin sister and nemesis, Alice (Rachel Skarsten) had created a new villain for Gotham in Hush. It can be surmised that Alice and Hush will continue to be a thorn in Team Batwoman’s side even in the second installment.
We also know that the show is set to crossover with the new Superman and Lois show in 2021—we can assume that it will be the Ryan Wilder version who will take part in that.
Batwoman is the latest entrant in the Arrowverse, created and run by Greg Berlanti, who was an executive producer on God Friended Me, where Leslie appeared for two seasons.
She has also appeared in The Family Business on BET, and in 2019’s Always a Bridesmaid.
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Batwoman Season 2 will be broadcast weekly in 2021.