Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions announced the news on Wednesday, July 8. Javicia Leslie, 33, will debut in the role when season 2 of Batwoman premieres in January 2021.
Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new Batwoman for season 2 of the CW series after Ruby Rose’s exit as Kate Kane.
Javicia Leslie will portray Ryan Wilder, described as “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed,” who in Season 2 of the superhero show will take over the Bat-mantle from Kate Kane.
“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,” Leslie said in a statement.
Javicia Leslie is best known for her roles in God Friended Me, The Family Business, MacGyver and Always a Bridesmaid.
On Instagram, Ruby Rose congratulated Javicia Leslie on being cast as the new lead character for Batwoman Season 2. “OMG!!
This is amazing!!” Rose wrote. “I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman. I want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the bat cape. You are walking into an amazing cast and crew. I can’t wait to watch season 2 you are going to be amazing!!”
Ruby Rose played Batwoman’s lead Kate Kane in Season 1, but stunned fans when she unexpectedly announced her departure in May.
Batwoman Season 2 Release Date
Season 2 of Batwoman is supposed to debut on The CW in January 2021, but that could change with production delays due to the coronavirus outbreak. The series airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Batwoman Season 2 Cast
Javicia Leslie Cast as New Batwoman for Season 2. Batwoman stars Javicia Leslie, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott and Nicole Kang.