7 Facts About Javicia Leslie, The CW's New Batwoman and Bonafide Badass

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Javicia Leslie is among the Hollywood stars making history! On July 8, The CW revealed that the actress will transform into Batwoman‘s titular character, making her the first Black woman to play the superhero. The actress – who will take up the mantle from Ruby Rose in season two – shared her excitement in a statement, saying, “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.” She also wrote on Instagram, “For all of the little Black girls dreaming to be a superhero one day . . . it’s possible!”

The Batwoman casting is yet another addition to Javicia’s already impressive repertoire, which includes her starring role in the film Always a Bridesmaid. So, if you’re interested in learning more about the future protector of Gotham, keep reading to see what she’s about.

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