Batwoman fans, your prayers have been answered in the form of Javicia Leslie.
“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,” Leslie stated in a press release on Wednesday.
Lesile is best known to viewers for her role on CBS’ fan favorite God Friended Me, which was unjustly canceled after just two seasons on Sundays, the same night that Batwoman also airs. Lesile played Ali, the lesbian sister of “Millennial Prophet” podcast host Miles Finer (Brandon Michael Hall), an atheist who received Friend Suggestions on Facebook from someone called God, who gives Miles and his friends the purpose and joy of helping people and changing their lives for the better while still on the mission of finding out who’s behind the God account and why did it choose Miles.
Leslie will be taking over the Batwoman mantle left by Ruby Rose, who shocked fans that she won’t be returning after just one season as Kate Kane, the cousin of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Rose has already given her seal of approval to her successor on her Instagram page.
“You are walking into an amazing cast and crew,” Rose stated. “I can’t wait to watch season 2 you are going to be amazing!!”
Leslie’s role as the new Batwoman is Ryan Wilder, who is describe as the total opposite of Kate Kane: “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed”. Describe as a “highly skilled and wildly undisciplined” fighter, Ryan is completely out as a lesbian who is also “athletic, raw, passionate, fallible, and very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”
The new Batwoman begins on the CW in 2021.