Why Taking Over Batwoman Is An 'Honor' And A 'Dream' For New Star Javicia Leslie
When 2020 started, fans of The CW's Arrowverse already knew that Stephen Amell and the rest of the Arrow cast would be saying farewell, but it came as a complete surprise when Batwoman's Ruby Rose announced that she was bowing out of the superhero role for various reasons. Producers later announced that the role would be filled by God Friended Me star Javicia Leslie, giving the world the very first Black Batwoman. Leslie hasn't been able to say very much about taking over the superhero role, but that bubble of silence is now broken!
For Batwoman's panel during Day 2 of the all-day Warner Bros.' event DC FanDome, Javicia Leslie got to let loose when it comes to discussing her new role and why it is such an honor and a dream to bring new character Ryan Wilder to life. Here, the actress talks about how much she and Ryan share in common:
While it's not immediately obvious if Javicia Leslie going public with her dream to be a superhero had any direct effect on Batwoman executive producers Caroline Dries and Sarah Schechter and their decision-making, but it was certainly a timely utterance in any case. News of Javicia Leslie's casting was revealed in July, though the ongoing pandemic made it hard to know at the time when fans might get to see her kicking ass in live-action. Speaking of, though, that whole being a badass element is also a huge part of why the actress is so pumped to get started on Season 2. In her words:
Javicia Leslie's co-stars better watch out. Especially if it's revealed that Ryan Wilder is the kind of character that likes to beat everyone up, regardless of if they're a friend or foe. Bat-characters are complicated in that way.
As a woman who is both Black and bisexual, Javicia Leslie is honored to get to showcase both of those sides of her identity in taking over as Batwoman's lead. Not just for her own shits and giggles, but because it means her character can now be seen as an inspiration for younger viewers to look up to, in the same way that she looked up to O.G. Batman star Eartha Kitt. Here's how she put it:
There's much truth in the idea that just because Javicia Leslie is a Black LGBTQ actress, it does not necessarily mean that the roles she gets offered are for LGBTQ characters, or even characters where her race plays a noteworthy part. But it's all on the table with Batwoman, and fans are likely going to see some unique situations and character dynamics whenever Season 2 premieres in 2021.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more from DC FanDome, and try not to get too impatient waiting on Batwoman's Season 2 premiere date. Keep an eye out for everything hitting the small screen in the coming months with our Fall TV 2020 premiere schedule.
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