German-American actress Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new Batwoman, becoming the first black actress to portray Batwoman in a live-action television or film production.
The role was played by Australian actress Ruby Rose in the first season of the 'Batwoman' television show.
Javicia will be Ryan Wilder. . . Goofy, messy, likeable, untamed, and about to become Batwoman. She's nothing like Kate Kane (Ruby Rose), who wore the Batsuit before her.
Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging Gotham City police and masking her pain with bad habits. Today, she lives in a van with her plant. She's the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And not the stereotype of an all-American hero.
"I am extremely proud to be the first black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television," Javicia says. "As a bisexual woman, I am honoured to join this ground-breaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQIA+ community."
Javicia took to Instagram to share her excitement with her followers.
Prior to joining 'Batwoman', Javicia starred for two seasons on drama series 'God Friended Me' and 'The Family Business', as well as feature film 'Always A Bridesmaid'.
The first season of 'Batwoman' is currently available to stream on demand on Foxtel.