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Javicia Leslie will be downing the cape and cowl in January 2021.
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Get excited: Javicia Leslie suits up as Batwoman for Warner Bros. January 2021

Javicia Leslie will be downing the cape and cowl in January 2021.

Press Release

In a press release sent to media, Warner Bros Television, The CW, and Berlanti Productions have revealed Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new Batwoman. The news comes just under two months after actor Ruby Rose departed the show as Batwoman and just under two years since she was cast.

Javicia Leslie

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In the press release Leslie said, “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.” Prior to getting the Batwoman gig, Leslie starred for two seasons on the CBS/Warner Bros. series God Friended Me and the BET drama The Family Business, as well as the feature film Always a Bridesmaid.

Leslie will be making her debut as the caped crusader on The CW for its second season in January 2021, which airs Sundays at 8-9 pm ET/PT.

For even more detail read the press release below.

  • Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions announced today that Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new Batwoman.

  • Javicia will make her debut in the iconic cape and cowl when “Batwoman” returns to The CW for its second season in January 2021, airing Sundays at 8:00–9:00 pm ET/PT.

  • With her casting, Javicia becomes the first Black actress to portray Batwoman in a live-action television or film production.

  • Javicia Leslie said: “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.”

  • 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.

  • Prior to joining “Batwoman,” Javicia starred for two seasons on the CBS/Warner Bros. Television drama series “God Friended Me” and the BET drama “The Family Business,” as well as the feature film “Always a Bridesmaid.”

  • “Batwoman” is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Caroline Dries developed the series and served as executive producer for season one with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns. “Batwoman” is based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.

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