The CW finds its new Batwoman in Javicia Leslie


Following Ruby Rose's shocking departure from the CW Batwoman series, the attention was always going to be focused on who would replace her in the cape and cowl department. Showrunner Caroline Dries and executive producer Greg Berlanti assured that Ruby's character of Kate Kane would not be killed off in the series, but rather her disappearance would be "one of the mysteries of season two" while a new character would be introduced in her place who was also an LGBTQ+ character.

Rose added that she is "sure next season will be awesome also".

Rose, 34, has also congratulated Leslie via her own Instagram page, saying she was "so glad" Batwoman will be played by an "amazing black woman", adding Leslie was "walking into an awesome cast and crew".

Rose herself was among the first to extend support to Leslie at the news Batwoman had found its new star.

The actress, who previously starred in "God Friended Me" on CBS, is set to debut in the iconic role in January 2021.

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In May 2020 following Batwoman's renewal at The CW, Rose announced she would not be returning. I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an awesome Black woman.

Ruby Rose has a few things to say about Javicia Leslie's Batwoman casting. You are walking into an unbelievable cast and crew. I'm sure next season will be unbelievable also.

Announcing her decision to stand down from the role, Ms Rose said: "I have made the very hard decision to not return to Batwoman next season".

While the exact reason for her leaving is unknown, she congratulated Leslie on Instagram when the re-casting was announced. Instead, she will portray a new character named Ryan Wilder, described as "likeable and messy". Additionally, Rose pledged to keep watching the series after Leslie takes over. A girl who would steal milk from an alley cat and could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most unsafe type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly disciplined. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical hero at all. The character is a former drug runner who now lives in a van.

The first season received mixed reviews from critics, but it was praised for its LGBT+ representation, earning a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series at the GLAAD Media Awards. It was the first-ever live-action appearance of Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne's cousin who was revealed to have taken on the Batsuit in the billionaire's absence.