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Meet your new Batwoman, Javicia Leslie

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Following Ruby Rose’s shocking departure from the CW Batwoman series, the attention was always going to be focused on who would replace her in the cape and cowl department. As was previously revealed, the studio felt that no one would be a fitting replacement for her in the role of Kate Kane and so instead a new character for the show’s second season would be created to carry on the Batwoman legacy.

That new character was named Ryan Wilder and described as:

A likeable, messy hero who’s a little goofy and untamed, nothing like Kate Kane, and the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical hero at all.

A description that reveals that the show is definitely looking to head in a whole new direction and not just have a new actor in charge. Plus it’s a win for diversity in The CW’s Arrowverse.

Well we now know who that actor in charge is going to be, as The CW and Berlanti Productions have just announced Javicia Leslie as the new star of Batwoman, with work set to begin in the near future:

Leslie has previously starred as Ali Finer on CBS’ God Friended Me, Paris Duncan in BET’s The Family Business, as well as Corina James in the 2019 romantic comedy film Always a Bridesmaid. More of a supporting actor in those series and movies, fronting the Batwoman series is easily the biggest role she has ever taken on and a great platform for her to expand her career from here. She shared the following statement following her casting in the series, as reported by SyFy.

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 honoured to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community

Batwoman has only had one season so far but proved popular enough with fans and so expectations will be high for Leslie. She will certainly bring something completely different to the role when it eventually returns to TV.

Last Updated: July 9, 2020


  1. Son of Potassium

    July 9, 2020 at 11:02

    Why woke won’t work?


  2. Son of Potassium

    July 9, 2020 at 11:02

    Also why does it matter that she’s bisexual? Are they filling quotas now? White people can’t voice poc, straight people can’t play roles where the characters are bi, trans or potato?

    But it doesn’t work in reverse now does it?


  3. CrAiGiSh

    July 9, 2020 at 11:16

    • Son of Banana Jim

      July 10, 2020 at 00:54

      Na na na na na na no one cares… 😀


  4. Lonthar

    July 9, 2020 at 10:33

    Anyone with half a brain cell does not care. Most media and entertainment has turned to garbage anyway. I find this trash liberating for people to actually start leaving fantasy and start living in reality and see their environment for what it is more. Sure, there will be good stories or shows here and there, but they will mostly be hidden or inverted. The nonsense coming from television is already dead. They just don’t know it yet.


  5. Son of Banana Jim

    July 9, 2020 at 16:20

    Man, Batwoman season 1 was horrible. You couldn’t even hate-watch it for comedic effect, like with i-land, or that other weird netflix show about the alien artefact. Some times things are just too bad. You can’t even enjoy or appreciate that they’re terrible.

    As for season 2, new actress, blah blah, I’ll pass, for now I have stargirl which has been remarkably decent.


    • Son of Potassium

      July 9, 2020 at 22:21

      Let’s cast a lesbian and call it a day. Everyone loves Batman so Batwoman is sure to be successful….
      10/10 show. Oh you hate the writing? Or anything else about the show? Misogynist!

      Stargirl looks intriguing true enough.


      • Son of Banana Jim

        July 10, 2020 at 00:54

        Yeah, three episodes into Stargirl, and it’s not bad. It’s definitely got some promise, but all it takes for these kinds of shows to go off the rails is a showrunner with a political axe to grind.


  6. SagatatiaRZA

    July 10, 2020 at 08:03

    She’s cute as heck but with that level of writing, cute won’t save anything. Best of luck to them though, I’m sure there’s an audience for everything. It just ain’t me.


  7. Joshua Chap

    July 10, 2020 at 15:13

    So diversity is just a checkbox now? It’s crap like this why I hated Supergirl. It has to be natural to the environment and story you’re telling not just some quota to make your show look good.


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