Following Ruby Rose’s departure, The CW has chosen who it is that will be taking on the mantle of Batwoman in season 2 of the superhero series.
Javicia Leslie, whose credits include co-starring in CBS series God Friended Me and a role in BET series The Family Business, has landed the lead role in the CW series. She’ll be playing a new character named Ryan Wilder, who we’ll be meeting as she is about to become the caped hero.
Wilder, as per Warner Bros. Television, is “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed.” She’s also led quite the bumpy life thus far, with “years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits.” The character is also described as “an out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical all-American hero.”
Leslie had the following to say in her 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 honoured to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community.”
Rose, who left the series amidst rumours of issues with the production and the hectic schedule, congratulated Leslie on scoring the role.
“OMG!! This is amazing!! I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman,” Rose posted on Instagram. “I want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the bat cape. You are walking into an amazing cast and crew. I can’t wait to watch season 2 you are going to be amazing.”
As for what will happen to Kate Kane, the character’s absence will in fact be a plot point in the upcoming season.
“Her disappearance will be one of the mysteries of season two,” showrunner Caroline Dries said last month, assuring fans that the character would not be killed off and be a part of the “Bury Your Gays” trope.
“I don’t want to give away any of our surprises, but to all our devoted fans, please know that LGBTQ+ justice is at the very core of what Batwoman is and we have no intention of abandoning that.”
As of now, Batwoman is expected to air in early 2021.