Former Batwoman star Ruby Rose has shared her thoughts on her replacement. The actress, who stunned fans with news of her departure after just one season, called the news of Javicia Leslie’s casting “amazing”, telling fans on social media that she “can’t wait” to watch another actor take on the role.
“OMG!! This is amazing! I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman. 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!!”
News of Javicia Leslie’s casting for the show was announced just yesterday, as it was confirmed that Kate Kane will no longer be the alter ego behind the cowl.
Leslie will join the series as a brand new character – Ryan Wilder.
Ryan Wilder is about to become Batwoman. She’s likeable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the Batsuit before her. 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 but could also kill you with her bare hands. She is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. She’s an athletic, raw, passionate out-lesbian and very much not your stereotypical all-American hero.
Javicia Leslie’s casting makes her the first black actress to portray the character on screen.
“I am extremely proud to be the first black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television,” said the actress, who previously starred in the US comedy-drama God Friended Me.
“And as a bisexual woman, I am honoured to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community,” she added.