The CW’s Batwoman just found its new leading lady. A new report from Variety confirms that the California based network has cast Javicia Leslie as the lead role for the upcoming season two. Known for her work on CBS series God Friended Me and MacGyver, Leslie will be the first black actress to portray the caped crusader in the series’ history.
In a statement to the press, 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.”
Leslie is said to be portraying the role of Ryan Wilder, a brand new character for this series. Wilder is supposedly the opposite of previous leading star Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane and will be recovering from a life of past addiction and legal issues to save Gotham. She’ll still be a representative for the LGBTQ+ community as Wilder is an out lesbian.
The change in actress comes after Rose abruptly left the series in May. Citing the choice as a “very difficult decision,” The CW was quick to announce that season two would feature a new lead character. After roughly a month of searching, Leslie is on board and we’re left waiting to see how everything goes. It’s certainly an interesting choice and I hope it works out in the end.