Light up the Bat-Signal because there will be a new face underneath Batwoman’s cape and cowl when the series returns in January 2021. Warner Bros. Television, The CW, and Berlanti Productions announced today the highly anticipated news of the new actor to lead the series. That person will be Javicia Leslie and her character, Ryan Wilder, is the new Batwoman!
Fans of the series will find that Ryan Wilder will be nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the Batsuit before her. When we are introduced to her, she will be a person who lives in a van, but she will not be one to be messed with given that she is a highly-skilled fighter yet lacks discipline. Viewers will also find Ryan’s persona to be likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed.
The character will also have a bit of a checkered past, which involved being a drug-runner, so it will be interesting to see how her character develops as she assumes the role of the caped crime fighter.
Leslie, who was recently in God Friended Me, said that she is “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.”
The casting for this role should open opportunities for new viewers and, hopefully, continue building on the foundation established during the first season.
With this news, January 2021 and the Arrowverse are looking very exciting!