Javicia Leslie becomes television's first Black Batwoman as she replaces Ruby Rose

By Heather Cichowski

There's a new Batwoman in town!

Javicia Lesile is taking over the starring role from Ruby Rose on The CW TV series, making her television's first Black Batwoman.

“I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television," Javicia said in a statement.

"And as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community."

On her Instagram, Javicia continued to celebrate her new part.

"For all of the little Black girls dreaming to be a superhero one day... it’s possible!" she wrote.

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Ruby Rose, who leaves the role of Batwoman/Kate Kane after one season, shared her excitement for Javicia's new role.

"OMG!! This is amazing!! I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman," she wrote 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 !!"

Javicia will play a different Batwoman than Ruby's Kate Kane. The former actress's alter ego is Ryan Wilder. Ryan is described as "nothing like Kate Kane." She is "likeable, messy, a little goofy and untamed" and "not your stereotypical all-American hero."

Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries previously clarified in June about not recasting Kate Kane and how the character's story would be a focus of the next season.

"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," she wrote about Kate Kane. The character was an out lesbian.

Javicia was born in Germany to parents in the military. She later moved to Maryland and eventually to California, her mother's home state. The actress's previous credits include BET's The Family Business, CBS's God Friended Me and the 2019 romantic-comedic Always a Bridesmaid.

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