Batwoman has cast Javicia Leslie (God Friended Me, The Family Business, Always a Bridesmaid) as its new lead following the exit of Ruby Rose.
She will portray a new character on the show named Ryan Wilder.
“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.
Ryan Wilder is described as likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane (Ruby 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. She is an out lesbian, athletic, raw, passionate, fallible, and very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.
The show is set to return in January in the US and airs in Australia on FOX8.