After months of teasing, we’re finally getting a first look at Javicia Leslie in the Batwoman suit. Leslie, who is the first Black Batwoman, was cast as the caped crusader after first season’s Ruby Rose left the drama due to injuries from performing stunts on set.
Posted on Leslie’s Instagram, fans of the show can finally see what the 33-year old actress would look like in the Batsuit.
In the caption, Leslie wrote: “Look out, Gotham, I’m suited up and ready to go… But just wait until Ryan Wilder puts her own spin on the Batsuit.”
The photo only revealed a headshot of the newly appointed Batwoman in a similar wig to Rose’s Kane. On the other hand, the new Batmask seems more structured and sleek-looking as compared to the previous mask.
During the Batwoman panel at DC FanDome, showrunner Caroline Dries shared that the new Batsuit will be unique to Wilder and would reflect her silhouette and natural textured hair. Though the wig in the photo is nothing close to Leslie’s curly hair, one can hope that there would be more changes and customisation to the Batsuit as per the actress’ caption.
Representation is of huge importance to the German-born actress so it is unlikely that she would be okay with her Batwoman character appearing Euro-centric and not accurately reflecting her identity and race. That said, time will only tell if the Batsuit will be given more upgrades from what was revealed.
“We need to see representation. I feel like there are so many little Javicias that don’t have voices…I feel honoured to be able to be a voice for my community,” said Leslie in a previous interview.
Like predecessor Rose, Leslie identifies as Queer and her character Ryan Wilder will also be a member of the LGBT+ community. Her character Wilder, however, is described as goofy and untamed.
The CW’s Batwoman returns for its second season in January 2021.