The TV series Batwoman has made history by casting the first black actress, Javicia Leslie, in the iconic titular role. Leslie will replace Ruby Rose, who departed as Batwoman’s Kate Kane after just one season.
Before joining Batwoman, Javicia was one of the stars of the television drama God Friended Me and appeared in the comedy feature film Bridesmaid.
Batwoman season two will premiere in 2021, and will be available in Australia through Foxtel.
Given Foxtel’s close associated with Binge, it is possible that the series will also to be added to Binge’s library. However no official announcement has been made yet.
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 ground-breaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community.”
Here is the official synopsis:
Javicia will play the role of Ryan Wilder, who is about to become Batwoman. She’s likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane (Rose), 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.
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.
The first season of Batwoman starring Australia’s Ruby Rose is currently available to stream on demand on Foxtel.