Ruby Rose speaks out after it was announced that Javicia Leslie is taking over her title as Batwoman.
“OMG!! This is amazing!! I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman,” Rose wrote Wednesday 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!!”
Earlier that day, Variety reported that Leslie is taking over the coveted role after Rose announced in May that she was leaving the CW series after one season.
Leslie — who will be the first Black woman to play the superhero on television — said in a 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 honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community.”
Leslie will portray a brand-new character named Ryan Wilder, who is described as likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed.
“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. She is an out lesbian, athletic, raw, passionate, fallible, and very much not your stereotypical All-American hero,” Variety wrote.
Wednesday on her Instagram, Leslie posted a screenshot of the announcement, adding in the caption, “For all of the little black girls dreaming to be a superhero one day... it’s possible!”
Back in May, Rose announced her shocking exit in a statement to Variety.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” the Australian actress said at the time. “This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”
Later that month, Rose — who was a fan favorite on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” — somewhat elaborated on her departure, writing on her IG page, “It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know.”
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Thank you everyone for coming on this journey. If I mentioned everyone it would be 1000 tags.. but Thank you to the cast, crew, producers and studio. It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know.. I didn’t want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community. I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all. I’m sure next season will be amazing also. Xxx *hangs up cowl and cape. Also @mysmarvel
Leslie has previously appeared on CBS’ “God Friended Me” and the BET series “The Family Business.”