With Javicia Leslie as Batwoman, the citizens of Gotham are in good hands.
Over the weekend, the actress — who will helm the CW superhero show following Ruby Rose’s exit — gave fans a sneak peek of her character’s Batsuit.
“Look out, Gotham, I’m suited up and ready to go... But just wait until Ryan Wilder puts her own spin on the Batsuit,” the 33-year-old captioned the pic, referencing her character’s name.
Per Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Caroline Dries said the costume will “evolve” over the course of the season.
“Ryan is like, ‘For me to feel empowered in this thing, it needs to feel like I’m representing something I am fighting for,’“ she said.
In July, Variety announced that Leslie — the first Black woman to play the superhero on television — will portray a brand-new character on Season 2 of the drama series.
Described by the publication as likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed, 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,” Variety wrote. “She is an out lesbian, athletic, raw, passionate, fallible, and very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”
After the exciting casting news went viral, Leslie wrote on her IG page, “For all of the little black girls dreaming to be a superhero one day... it’s possible!”
She also 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.”
In May, Rose announced she was exiting the program after one season.
“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 somewhat elaborated on her departure, writing on social media, “It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know.”
“Batwoman” Season 2 is set to air on The CW in 2021.