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Javicia Leslie Makes History as First Black Actress Cast as Batwoman

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Javicia Leslie has been cast in the role of Batwoman for The CW’s series — making her the first Black actress to play the iconic character for live-action TV show or movie.

The 33-year-old actress is picking up where actress Ruby Rose left off when she exited the show after season one. 

“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 press release Wednesday, per PEOPLE.

In the new season, Leslie will play Ryan Wilder, described as “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed.”

Warner Bros. official character description said that Wilde is “nothing like “ Rose’s Kate Kane. 

Rose announced in May that she was stepping away from the series.

“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said in a statement. “This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”

Rose added: “I am beyond appreciative to Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created. Thank you Peter Roth and Mark Pedowitz and the teams at Warner Bros. and The CW who put so much into the show and always believed in me. Thank you to everyone who made season one a success —  I am truly grateful.”

Leslie shared the exciting casting news in an Instagram post on Wednesday, writing, “For all of the little black girls dreaming to be a superhero one day… it’s possible!”

She will make her Batwoman debut in January 2021, when season 2 returns to The CW

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Comment by mr1stroke on July 10, 2020 at 6:23pm
Lol im with you
Comment by caribmama on July 10, 2020 at 5:37pm

Naw....I prefer to move on. That's why I dibble and dabble in things here and there. I got my reluctant friend to invest in stocks and I made him so much money he couldn't stop thanking me. Now he's an addict.......LOL! I want to leave something for my kids other then a tired ass social security check!!!!! HA!!!!!

Comment by mr1stroke on July 10, 2020 at 5:28pm
I dont even go to the hood unless its something i can sell, and if i want to sell it quick i hire a broker representative, if they dont know what you look like they will buy anything from a white person, i tell every one you can judge me if you want to but i am not the enemy, i am just a business man, i never told idiots to think poor, live poor and wait to die poor, that is their poor decisions i am a business man taking advantage of it like the rest of the wall, after all at least i try to get them in, but there will be the time when enough is enough, you have to move on or drawn in poverty with them
Comment by caribmama on July 10, 2020 at 4:55pm

Yes.....I believe you are right. Real Estate....too much risk???? WTF? I wish I had 20K....I would invest that ish.

Comment by mr1stroke on July 10, 2020 at 4:01pm
Lol there are no brothers and sisters to do business with even when try, either they are lazy and dont believe in partnering with another Black man or just plain hating, i went to a few brothers and sisters this week since i had a meeting in Long Island NY i made a proposal regarding a building that is for 100k it needs repair a total of 14 units, i told the donkeys a total of 5 of us can contribute evenly $20k we can always gross the same if carry even at repairs and bills, but they can feel free to contribute what they want ill carry the rest, i told them we dont have to like each other or even get along lets get an attorney and draw a contract, they idiots told me it was too much risk, now please believe some people were born to be slaves and serve others so we can get rich and wealthy, not every one will be rich so they will always be poor people and with poor people they will always be a richer group in this world

Now the same idiots who will not invest will be the renters because they were not made to be owners, if you open a hotel they will come, but they were not bright enough to realize if we rent each apartment for at least $1300 to $1600 a month in a few years we can claim millionaire at 1300 a month thats well over a million in 5 years without including rent increase or the bigger apartments or rent space for business, i am a visionary i will always invent ways to make money, since we did not come up with the capital they pull the building off the auction market, i am hoping they put it back i might take the risk alone
Comment by caribmama on July 10, 2020 at 3:26pm

STOP FALLING FOR THE HYPE MY PEOPLE!!!!! DO BUSINESS WITH YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS!!!!!! 

Comment by vaughn mitchell on July 9, 2020 at 4:37pm
The CW, version of batwoman, she is related to batwoman, who is white, the dude that play her father is white, married to an Asian chick, his previous wife was white, and he had two white daughters. She should not play that role meant for a white woman. It will ruin the show. Batwoman has always been white. Remember when they made Halle Berry, as Catwoman, it sucked. How would people especially black people if they made Storm of the X-Men white? At one point they was going to cast a white woman to play Harriet Tubman, I wonder how black people would like that. They need to stick to the comic characters. By the way batwoman is a lesbian, sick an tired of cartoons and tv , shows shoving lesbian and gay characters all over tv, especially when kids see this and think it's normal.
Comment by kalalala on July 9, 2020 at 2:52pm
Comment by mr1stroke on July 9, 2020 at 1:51pm
Ok history in what? What was so special about Batman that a black woman could not play, you are being set up and capitalise on its time to use you again to make up for losses, what will happen after that or how long will it takes for another franchise, be smart people, they want the black dollars and there is no coming back unless you get the people who loves spending in line, now we are in business

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