DC and The CW reveal a first look at the new Batwoman suit for Javicia Leslie who will be playing Ryan Wilder, a former drug dealer who’s now trying to do right by the people of Gotham, in Season 2.
While Ryan Wilder is an original character to the show and the DC Universe, the character will be making her debut in this week's Batgirl #50.
"It’s clear that she has a different way of doing things than original Batwoman Kate Kane. She’s more untamed and less disciplined and seems to possess a level of raw passion that we rarely saw in Kane," said DC on its blog. "In other words, she has a different approach to being Batwoman, so she deserves a different suit."
It is known that Ryan Wilder will first start off wearing the Ruby Rose suit but gets a new costume to reflect the character's diversity.
"I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman—it’s her style, her swag, and her moment!" said Leslie. "It was an honor to be able to collaborate with Caroline and Maya. I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!"
The new suit is designed by Batwoman costume designer Maya Mani and created by Ocean Drive Leather, the wig created by Janice Workman and makeup styled by Cory Roberts.
"Ryan’s journey starts from a place of ‘What can this Batsuit do for me?’" said Batwoman Executive Producer Caroline Dries. "But it’s not long before she realizes the power of its symbol and what it can do for everyone else in Gotham City. As Ryan embraces everything that makes her special, she adjusts the suit to fit her physically and figuratively. This meant creating a new body design and new cowl that was undeniably a statement that screamed ‘powerful.’ Maya Mani sent me her drawings and I loved it. The wig was something we never perfected in season one, and Janice Workman crushed it with this new take. Javicia and I saw various prototypes of styles and red ombres, and at one point we were trading our own iPad-doodled versions. Janice translated that into what we are looking at now. When I see it, I smile. It makes me feel inspired."
The new Batwoman suit will debut in Episode 3 of Season 2.
The series is currently filming in Vancouver and will return in 2021. Also, check out the new Batwoman Batmobile.