Ladies and Gentlemen, Warner Bros. Television, The CW, and Berlanti Productions have found the next Batwoman for the television series. They announced today that actress Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new female caped crusader. She now becomes the first Black actress to portray Batwoman in a live-action television series or film production.
Her character’s name is Ryan Wilder. She will be making her debut as the iconic character when Batwoman returns to television for its sophomore season in January of 2021. The episodes will air Sundays at 8:00 ET/PT.
Here is the character description provided by Warner Bros. for Ryan Wilder:
Character description: Ryan Wilder is about to become Batwoman. She’s likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the Batsuit before her. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. Today Ryan lives in her van with her plant. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat and could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical all-American hero.
Before joining the Batwoman series Leslie had starred on two seasons of the television drama series God Friended Me from CBS/Warner Bros. Television, and the BET drama The Family Business. It was important for fans of the series for the actress to be someone of the LGBT+ community for representation. Being that she identifies as a bisexual woman she would seem to be the right choice.
Leslie commented on her new superhero opportunity, “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.”
I am glad that they were able to cast someone fairly quickly. But it’s not all about looks and sexual orientation. She will need to fill in the shoes of someone who I thought did a great job with the character. I look forward to seeing her look as Batwoman as well as how she makes the character her own. These are uncharted waters so I wish her nothing but the best, hopefully, she gives us the best Batwoman yet!
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Source: Warner Bros. Television