Javicia Leslie Is The New 'Batwoman'

by Outsiders
July 08, 2020
Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions announced today that Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new Batwoman.

Javicia will make her debut in the iconic cape and cowl when "Batwoman" returns to The CW for its second season in January 2021, airing Sundays at 8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT.

With her casting, Javicia becomes the first Black actress to portray Batwoman in a live-action television or film production.

Javicia 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."

Character description: Ryan Wilder is about to become Batwoman. She's likable, 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 and could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical all-American hero.

Prior to joining "Batwoman," Javicia starred for two seasons on the CBS/Warner Bros. Television drama series "God Friended Me" and the BET drama "The Family Business," as well as the feature film "Always a Bridesmaid."

"Batwoman" is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Caroline Dries developed the series and served as executive producer for season one with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns. "Batwoman" is based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.
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Satam - 2020-07-16 @ 6:26 pm
On 7/14/2020 at 12:11 PM, Belmont13 said:

I'm just joking, my intention was to poke fun at another trope of the arrowverse where they had every male character doing the pull up/jumping thing in the ladder.

I know that. You ran with it. So did I.

Belmont13 - 2020-07-14 @ 4:11 pm
15 minutes ago, Satam said:

Is it really?

I'm just joking, my intention was to poke fun at another trope of the arrowverse where they had every male character doing the pull up/jumping thing in the ladder.

Satam - 2020-07-14 @ 3:58 pm
1 hour ago, Belmont13 said:

That's a shame.

Is it really?

Belmont13 - 2020-07-14 @ 3:02 pm
10 hours ago, Satam said:

Salmon ladders? No.

That's a shame.

Satam - 2020-07-14 @ 4:29 am
1 hour ago, Belmont13 said:

But do they train on salamander ladders?

Salmon ladders? No.

Belmont13 - 2020-07-14 @ 3:14 am
22 hours ago, Satam said:

Give it a look. Stargirl is more than half a season in and nobody's taken off his shirt to show off his abs yet, and it's pretty low on the melodrama. There's been a little, of course, but most of it's been handled with more nuance than I ever saw from Berlanti. And considering the main character is a teenage girl, that feels like quite the feat. It's very different from the other CW shows.

But do they train on salamander ladders?

Satam - 2020-07-13 @ 4:43 am
On 7/10/2020 at 4:33 PM, EvilHayato said:

Kind of similar statement that Belmont13 said, I stopped watching these DC WB shows a long time ago. Something about them just got stale and boring. I enjoyed Arrow for like 2-3 seasons, Flash for like 1-2, Black Lightning was pretty ok for the first season and then something happened in season 2 that I just got bored with and Legends was pretty rough from the start but ok for the first season then I just left. I had very little interest in Batwoman as its not really my thing and by the time it came out, I was already pretty bored with the universe so I didnt care to watch. Stargirl I have a bit of curiosity to watch but with the WB DC show fatigue, i m of course hesitant.

Give it a look. Stargirl is more than half a season in and nobody's taken off his shirt to show off his abs yet, and it's pretty low on the melodrama. There's been a little, of course, but most of it's been handled with more nuance than I ever saw from Berlanti. And considering the main character is a teenage girl, that feels like quite the feat. It's very different from the other CW shows.

EvilHayato - 2020-07-10 @ 8:33 pm

Kind of similar statement that Belmont13 said, I stopped watching these DC WB shows a long time ago. Something about them just got stale and boring. I enjoyed Arrow for like 2-3 seasons, Flash for like 1-2, Black Lightning was pretty ok for the first season and then something happened in season 2 that I just got bored with and Legends was pretty rough from the start but ok for the first season then I just left. I had very little interest in Batwoman as its not really my thing and by the time it came out, I was already pretty bored with the universe so I didnt care to watch. Stargirl I have a bit of curiosity to watch but with the WB DC show fatigue, i m of course hesitant.

Satam - 2020-07-10 @ 2:38 am
1 hour ago, mako said:

Given Stargirl's personal connection to Geoff Johns, I like to think he'd go to the wire to keep her show from being fed to the Berlanti machine. Plus, the man's picked up quite a bit of fan AND Hollywood street-cred, so he could probably leverage that to get his way.

In any case, if it can hold on to its identity, I'm kinda hoping Stargirl will be a sign of things to come.

Don't forget he used to be the president of DC Entertainment. Berlanti used to answer to him.

Belmont13 - 2020-07-10 @ 2:30 am

I never caught this show as nothing about it really apealed to me. I dropped the Arrowverse like 2 seasons ago and never looked back. I think WB/CW should have just cancelled the whole thing and refocus their efforton the other series.

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