Watch out, world! We’ve been talking about a new Batwoman, we’ve been thinking about a new Batwoman, and finally, we have pictures of our new Batwoman. Javicia Leslie, the actress making history as the first Black woman to play the superhero on TV, has shared a first-look image of her in her Batwoman costume. Meow!
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In the photo, Leslie is looking right at us, with her signature red wig, mask, and cape. There’s also a firm scowl planted on her face — something truly iconic to Batwoman as a character.
“Look out, Gotham, I’m suited up and ready to go… But just wait until Ryan Wilder puts her own spin on the Batsuit,” Leslie captioned the photo on her Instagram page.
Leslie, who herself is bisexual, may be taking over the lesbian superhero’s title, but she won’t be taking her name. Rather than trying to slip into the same character as Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane, Leslie will be starring as new character Ryan Wilder.
The best part about the first-look image? Showrunner Carole Dries continues to say that we still don’t know Wilder’s look, so it’s safe to say we’re in for a surprise outside of the iconic catsuit.
“How can we be sure that Ryan isn’t hiding what makes her awesome with this suit?” Dries said during a DC FanDome panel earlier this month. “We’ll see the suit evolve early on in the season.”
Ruby Rose made headlines earlier this year after abruptly quitting as the lead role of the CW’s “Batwoman.” In an announcement last month, Rose said it “wasn’t an easy decision” to back down from the role, but as she was recovering from surgery and needed to focus on herself, she felt it best to step down.
Rather than recasting Kate Kane, however — as many speculated — the CW and the show’s producers decided it would be best to bring in a whole new character. Accordingly, season two will open with Kane mysteriously missing and an all-new woman taking up the mantle of “Batwoman:” Ryan Wilder.
Despite Rose’s exit, much of the original cast is returning for the next season. This includes the Kane family — meaning Kate’s not totally being erased from the show.
“Ryan, will ironically, ultimately, unite the Kane family,” Dries said during the panel. “There are all of these strands of connection that she brings to them.”
‘Batwoman’ does not currently have a solid date for its premiere, thanks to a Covid-19 production delay. However, you can expect to see Leslie hit your screen as the titular superhero sometime in early 2021 on the CW.