1st things 1st – I liked Ruby Rose as Batwoman. But actress Javicia Leslie had nothing to do with Rose’s departure, so I hope fans don’t give her a hard time. Javicia Leslie is stepping into the show as Ryan Wilder, the new Batwoman, and I really like her and the new costume. I just hope the writers/producers can craft a storyline that’s as sleek and impressive as Batwoman’s new look!
The Batwoman showrunner, Caroline Dries, had this to say…
“Ryan’s journey starts from a place of ‘What can this Batsuit do for me?’ But it’s not long before she realizes the power of its symbol and what it can do for everyone else in Gotham City,” said Dries. “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.”
“I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman,” added Leslie. “It’s her style, her swag, and her moment! 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!”