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Who Is Javicia Leslie? Meet The New Star of 'Batwoman'!

Who Is Javicia Leslie? Meet The New Star of 'Batwoman'!

Javicia Leslie has landed the lead role in the upcoming second season of Batwoman!

The 33-year-old actress will take on the new character Ryan Wilder, who then becomes the titular caped hero.

Many people will recognize Javicia from her role as Ali Finer in God Friended Me. She’s also been in the BET series The Family Business, and the movie Always a Bridesmaid, which is available to stream on Netflix.

Javicia was born in Germany and later moved to Maryland, where she grew up. She then worked for the government for a year and a half, before eventually moving out to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue an acting career.

After moving to LA, she was working at a trade show with a friend where she was approached by a talent manager.

“So, I was helping her out and this lady comes up to me while I’m selling things and just asked me, ‘Am I a model or an actress?’ ‘I’m anything you want me to be.’ She was like, ‘Well, I’m a talent manager. Look me up. Tell me if you like what you see. Then come into my office next week and we can meet,’” Javicia said in an interview back in December. “So, I looked her up. I liked what I saw and I signed with her the following week. She’s actually still currently my manager. Then from there, she helped me get an agent.”

A few years had passed and she booked a role on MacGyver, then a recurring role on The Family Business, which was originally supposed to be a movie. She then booked God Friended Me, and The Family Business got picked up as a series instead, and she filmed both projects at the same time!

Javicia has also opened up about being spiritual and how that helps her when auditioning.

“I just believe whatever’s for me, is for me, and my only job is just to be the best version of myself. So, that’s all I brought to the table,” she said. “Luckily this one was for me, but the next one wasn’t. You know? So, it’s just like, you don’t really hold your breath about it. You just go in there, you do your job, and you walk away.”

“I love working. I’m kind of in the stage of my life where I just want to just take every opportunity to work, to travel for work, and to do really different kinds of roles,” Javicia dished about working. “I always want to be able to have that flexibility, which is why I don’t really like taking too much of a hiatus.”

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Ruby Rose Reacts to Javicia Leslie's 'Batwoman' Casting

Ruby Rose Reacts to Javicia Leslie's 'Batwoman' Casting

Ruby Rose is super ecstatic for Javicia Leslie to be the new Batwoman!

The former star, who stepped away from the role, shared her excitement on Instagram.

“OMG!! This is amazing!! I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman. ❤️ I want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the bat cape. You are walking into an amazing cast and crew. I can’t wait to watch season 2 you are going to be amazing !! ❤️,” Ruby captioned a photo of Javicia.

“For all of the little black girls dreaming to be a superhero one day… it’s possible!” Javicia wrote with an announcement on her own page.

Earlier in the day, it was revealed that Javicia would take on the new role of Ryan Wilder, who will become the new Batwoman.

The CW Casts New Lead For 'Batwoman' - Find Out Who!

The CW Casts New Lead For 'Batwoman' - Find Out Who!

Batwoman has found it’s new lead actress!

Javicia Leslie will take over the role after Ruby Rose announced she was leaving the show earlier this year.

“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,” Javicia said in a statement.

Javicia will star as Ryan Wilder, who is about to become Batwoman. She’s likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, 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. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical all-American hero.

Javicia is the first Black actress to portray Batwoman, and the series will return to The CW in 2021!

Vanessa Morgan Is Being Looked At For 'Batwoman' Replacement (Report)

Vanessa Morgan Is Being Looked At For 'Batwoman' Replacement (Report)

Vanessa Morgan is in talks to take on the new character for Batwoman!

A new report suggests that the 28-year-old actress is being eyed by producers to take on the new role of Ryan Wilder.

The Cinema Spot says that she is set to audition and do a screen test.

The news comes just over a week after Vanessa called out Riverdale for not properly representing black people, and vowed to only take future roles that do properly represent the black community.

Riverdale boss Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa spoke out in response to Vanessa‘s tweets and said the show will do better.

If Vanessa were to land the Batwoman role, she would have to leave Riverdale for season five when it returns. The upcoming season will be making a time jump into the future, so her character could be written out that way to make way for her to lead the other CW show.

Batwoman's Caroline Dries Addresses Rumors That Kate Kane Will Be Killed Off

Batwoman's Caroline Dries Addresses Rumors That Kate Kane Will Be Killed Off

Caroline Dries is speaking out about some rumors going around on how Kate Kane will be written off of Batwoman.

The showrunner of the series squashed the talk that the character would be killed off.

“As a lesbian who’s been working as a writer for the past 15 years, I’m well aware of the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope, and I have no interest in participating in it,” she said in a statement to TV Guide. “My comments about recasting Batwoman have launched a storm of rumors and misinformation, and I wanted to clarify something.”

“Like you, I love Kate Kane – she’s the reason I wanted to do the show. We’ll never erase her. In fact, her disappearance will be one of the mysteries of Season 2. I don’t want to give away any of our surprises, but to all our devoted fans, please know that LGBTQ+ justice is at the very core of what Batwoman is and we have no intention of abandoning that,” Caroline continued.

In case you missed it, see what else Caroline shared about recasting Kate Kane in Batwoman.

'Batwoman' Showrunner Opens Up About Decision To Recast New Character As Batwoman

'Batwoman' Showrunner Opens Up About Decision To Recast New Character As Batwoman

Caroline Dries is dishing on why they chose not to re-cast Kate Kane in Batwoman.

The showrunner of the CW series opened up about why they are casting a whole new character to become the caped hero.

“To be honest with you, I did consider the ‘soap opera version’ [of recasting] for a hot minute, because selfishly we already had a couple episodes written, and transition-wise it would be seamless,” Caroline said, via TV Line. “But upon further reflection — and I think [Arrowverse EP] Greg [Berlanti] helped me make this call — he’s like, ‘I think we should just reboot Batwoman as a different character.’”

She also added that they will pay “respect to everything that Ruby [Rose] put into the Kate Kane character” and that “it also helps the audience, because we’re not asking them to address ‘the elephant in the room’.”

The CW Looking To Re-Cast 'Batwoman' With Completely New Character!

The CW Looking To Re-Cast 'Batwoman' With Completely New Character!

The CW has started casting to replace Ruby Rose in Batwoman!

The network is looking to replace Kate Kane with a new character named Ryan Wilder, who will then serve as the new Batwoman, EW reports.

This news was revealed in a casting notice, in a now removed Reddit post. The new character is a female in her mid-late 20s and the complete opposite of Kate.

The description of the character reads “She’s likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed. 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, reformed and sober, Ryan lives in van with her plant. A girl who would steal milk from an alley cat and could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly disciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”

The notice is also encouraging any and all LGBTQ+ actors to go out for the role.

Ruby broke her silence on leaving Batwoman just last week, over a week after making her shocking announcement.