Earlier this year, Arrowverse fans were shocked to learn that actress Ruby Rose was departing the lead role of Batwoman after only one season. Although we are still iffy on the removal of Kate Kane as a character altogether, the announcement that Javicia Leslie will play Ryan Wilder, an entirely new hero taking on the mantle of the bat, definitely has us intrigued. And now Leslie has released the very first photo of herself sporting the cape and cowl via Instagram, which you can see below:
Javicia Leslie is making a splash. She’s the first African-American actress to portray a member of the Bat-family in live-action television or film. Unless, of course, you count Halle Berry’s big screen turn as Catwoman. That version of Catwoman is separate from the Batman mythology, so we say Leslie still counts. For DC FanDome, artist Jim Lee drew the first image of the Ryan Wilder version of Batwoman. It was part of promotion for the event.
DC Comics/Jim Lee
Leslie said in a statement, “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.”
Ryan Wilder is an all-new character, not based on anyone from the comics mythology—at least that we know of. The CW describes her as “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the Batsuit before her.” Like Kate however, the character is an out lesbian. Which means the tradition of Batwoman being an LGBTQ character will remain in place. Due to the pandemic, filming has only recently resumed on Batwoman. The series will make its second season debut on The CW in January of 2021.
Featured Image: DC Comics/Jim Lee