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Actress Javicia Leslie Makes History After Being Named First Black ‘Batwoman’ by The CW

Actress Javicia Leslie Makes History After Being Named First Black ‘Batwoman’ by The CW

More Black superheroes please!

Actress Javicia Leslie is making history after being cast as the first Black “Batwoman” by television network The CW, Variety reports. 

Leslie is an upcoming actress, known for her roles on CBS’ “God Friended Me,” BET’s “The Family Business,” and the film “Always a Bridesmaid.” Now the starlet will play the lead role as “Batwoman” on The CW. 

The trailblazing actress plays  Ryan Wilder, a new character on the show described as “likeable, messy, a little goofy and untamed.” Wilder will replace Kate Kane, formerly played by Ruby Rose. Ryan spends years living a life of crime and becomes known for her fighting skills. 

“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. 

“Batwoman” airs January 2021, Sundays on The CW.

Photo Courtesy of The CW