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The CW casts Javicia Leslie as new Batwoman

She will be the first Black woman to play Batwoman.

Jul 9, 2020, 8:38 am*

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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

The CW has found its new Batwoman, with Javicia Leslie replacing Ruby Rose next year.

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Rose left the show after playing Kate Kane for just one season, an unexpected and highly unusual move for an actor with this kind of high-profile leading role. Neither Rose nor the CW have confirmed exactly why she left, but there’s speculation that she wasn’t comfortable with the high-pressure workload of filming a 20-episode season in Vancouver, causing friction among the cast and crew.

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Instead of casting someone new to fill Ruby Rose’s shoes, Batwoman‘s creative team decided to create a brand new character to replace Kate Kane.

“We’ll never erase [Kate Kane],” showrunner Caroline Dries told the Hollywood Reporter. “In fact, her disappearance will be one of the mysteries of season two.”

The new Batwoman is called Ryan Wilder, a former drug-runner who is described as having a very different personality to Kane: “Likable, messy, a little goofy.”

One of the key selling-points of Batwoman was the fact that it’s a mainstream superhero show with a lesbian lead. Knowing this, the show’s creators made it clear that Ryan Wilder is also gay, and they made sure to cast a queer actor in the role. Javicia Leslie identifies as bisexual and is the first Black woman to play Batwoman.

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Leslie previously starred in the shows The Family Business and God Friended Me. The coronavirus lockdown delayed Batwoman‘s return. It’s now scheduled to be released in early 2021.

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H/T The Hollywod Reporter

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*First Published: Jul 9, 2020, 8:37 am