The first look at the new Batwoman, with Javicia Leslie’s personalized take on the famous cape and cowl, is here. Honestly, she looks better than we could’ve hoped!
Leslie is playing the new Batwoman, Ryan Wilder, who will take over as the lead of the CW’s Batwoman after the previous hero, Kate Kane, disappears. When she first appears, she’s wearing Kane’s old costume as previously revealed, but she quickly realizes in order to be a more powerful symbol for Gotham City, she needs to make the look fit her and become her own hero.
Executive producer Caroline Dries said in a release that getting a new Batwoman “meant creating a new body design and new cowl that was undeniably a statement that screamed ‘powerful.’” She added that she loves the new design by costume designer Maya Mani, and “the wig was something we never perfected in season one, and Janice Workman crushed it with this new take.”
“I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman — it’s her style, her swag, and her moment!" Leslie said. "It was an honor to be able to collaborate with Caroline and Maya.” She also recognizes the importance of being the first Black Batwoman.
“I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl” she said, “with the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”
Back when we first got a glimpse of Leslie in the original Batwoman costume, we were already getting hyped. She looked great in that costume, which was designed for Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane. But it definitely wasn’t a Ryan Wilder costume. This new one is, highlighting her athletic build, strength, and her identity as a Black woman.
Rose left the show after just one season due to injuries and a grueling workload that ended up taking a toll on the queer model and actress. Instead of recasting the same character with a different actor, the showrunners decided that season two would open with Kane mysteriously disappearing and a new hero putting on the mask.
Batwoman's second season premieres on the CW in January 2021.