Joining the Tyler Hoechlin Superman, Batwoman Javicia Leslie will also be getting a new suit as revealed at today’s DC FanDome virtual convention.
Javicia Leslie appeared on a panel along will fellow cast members Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson and Nicole Kang, as well as executive producers Caroline Dries and Sarah Schechter where one of the topics discussed was the new Batwoman suit and how “representation” is important to the new suit and Leslie’s character, Ryan Wilder, who is a former drug dealer with a rough upbringing.
“How can we be sure that Ryan isn’t hiding what makes her awesome, with this suit?” Dries said. “So it’s going to be a bit of an evolution. We’ll see the suit evolve early on in the season. Ryan is like, ‘For me to feel empowered in this thing, it needs to feel like it’s representing something I’m fighting for.'”
It’s also said the new Batwoman suit will feature Leslie’s natural, textured hair as opposed to a wig, and that the suit will also change over time as Ryan becomes more comfortable within herself and her identity as a superhero.
“Ryan is a new character in the world of DC and she has a lot going against her. She’s a girl who was a statistic of injustice the moment she was born,” Dries said. “The system was not made for this person and she will constantly battle the system. She’s battled with it her whole life and she will battle with it as Batwoman.”
Javicia Leslie replaces the outgoing Ruby Rose who played Kate Kane, cousin to Bruce Wayne, with the panel teasing what to expect in Season 2, which will center around the mysterious disappearance of Kate Kane.
Batwoman Season 2 premiers in 2021 on The CW
New character Ruby Wilder is described as:
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 also could 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.
The CW returns to Gotham City for a second season of crime-fighting as Batwoman premieres on Sundays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) January 2021.