Meet your new Batwoman — Javicia Leslie. The German-born actress has taken over Ruby Rose’s role in the CW’s Batwoman and we’re here for all this #BlackGirlMagic moment as it hopefully paves the way for more Black women to play superheroes (wink wink: Janelle Monae).
“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,” Leslie said in a quote to Variety.
Leslie steps in to fill the shoes of Ruby Rose, who walked away from the role after one season. Rose congratulated the rising starlet on Instagram.
“OMG!! This is amazing!! I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman. I want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the bat cape. You are walking into an amazing cast and crew. I can’t wait to watch season 2 you are going to be amazing !! ”
Leslie also took to Instagram to pen this inspiring note to Black girls.
“For all of the little Black girls dreaming to be a superhero one day… it’s possible,” she captioned in an Instagram post announcing the news.
While she may be a newcomer to some, many people may know the young actress from her roles on CBS’ God Friended Me where she played Ali Finer and the BET series The Family Business. Her talent isn’t limited to TV, she also appeared in the 2019 film Always a Bridesmaid.
And, off the screen, Leslie has been slaying the fashion game on and off the red carpet. Keep scrolling for our favorite looks.
19 Best Fashion Moments of Javicia Leslie, The New Batwoman was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
1. alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2020 PresentationSource:Getty
Javicia Leslie attends the alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2020 presentation at Highline Stages on February 10, 2020 in New York City.
2. New York Fashion WeekSource:David Dee Delgado/Getty Images
Javicia Leslie wears Vivienne Hu and shoes by Montaigne Paris to NYFW at Spring Studios on February 7, 2020 in New York City.
3. ELLE, Women in MusicSource:Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images
Javicia Leslie is seen arriving to ELLE, Women in Music presented by Spotify and hosted by Nina Garcia, Jameela Jamil & E! Entertainment on September 05, 2019 in New York City.
4. New York Fashion Week – Klarna STYLE360 After PartySource:Thomas Concordia/Getty Images
Javicia Leslie attends Kittenish by Jessie James Decker after party hosted by Klarna STYLE360 NYFW at ROW NYC on September 09, 2019 in New York City.
5. New York Fashion Week – S by Serena Williams Fashion ShowSource:Raymond Hall/GC Images
Javicia Leslie is seen arriving to S by Serena Williams Fashion Show during New York Fashion Weed on September 10, 2019 in New York City.
6. New York Fashion Week – Chocheng Fashion ShowSource:Cindy Ord/Getty Images
Javicia Leslie attends the Chocheng fashion show during February 2020 – New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 07, 2020 in New York City.
7. E!, ELLE, and IMG Presented By TRESemmé Host NYFW Kick-Off Party – ArrivalsSource:Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Javicia Leslie attends the E!, ELLE, and IMG NYFW kick-off party hosted by TRESemmé on September 04, 2019 in New York City.
8. New York Fashion WeekSource:David Dee Delgado/Getty Images
Javicia Leslie wears a top by Guizio, skirt by Markarian and shoes by Jimmy Cho to NYFW at Spring Studios on February 7, 2020 in New York City.
9. Always A Bridesmaid Los Angeles PremiereSource:Leon Bennett/Getty Images
Javicia Leslie attends the Always A Bridesmaid Los Angeles Premiere at Sunset 5 on September 23, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.
10. Special Screening of “Bombshell”Source:Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
Javicia Leslie attends Special Screening Of “Bombshell” December 16, 2019 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
11. Birthday Celebration of Javicia LeslieSource:Paul Archuleta/Getty Images
Javicia Leslie attends her birthday celebration on June 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
12. 56th Annual Cinema Audio Society AwardsSource:Amanda Edwards/Getty Images
Javicia Leslie attends the 56th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on January 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
13. American Black Film Festival Honors Awards Ceremony – ArrivalsSource:Getty
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 23: Javicia Leslie attends the American Black Film Festival Honors Awards Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 23, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) vertical,photography,celebrities,formalwear,evening gown,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,movie,film industry,california,dress,award,the beverly hilton hotel,awards ceremony,ceremony,asymmetric clothing,asymmetric dress,black dress,film festival,honor,sleeveless dress,sleeveless,black color,beverly hills – california
14. GQ March 2020 Cover PartySource:Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
Javicia Leslie attend the GQ March Cover Party at The Standard Highline on March 01, 2020 in New York City.
15. “Farming” New York ScreeningSource:John Lamparski/WireImage
Javicia Leslie attends “Farming” New York Screening at Village East Cinema on October 22, 2019 in New York City.
16. PREMIX Hosted by Connie OrlandoSource:Paras Griffin/Getty Images
Javicia Leslie attends PREMIX Hosted By Connie Orlando at The Sunset Room on June 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
17. Launch Event Of Global Intuition CollectionSource:Morgan Lieberman/Getty Images)
Javicia Leslie arrives at the launch event of Global Intuition Collection at Fred Segal on May 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
18. The Alliance For Women in Media Foundation’s 44th Annual Gracie AwardsSource:Amy Sussman/Getty Images
Javicia Leslie attends the 44th Annual Gracies Awards, hosted by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
19. Concept Korea – Front Row – September 2019 – New York Fashion Week: The ShowsSource:Getty
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 06: Javicia Leslie attends the Concept Korea front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,fashion,shoe,leather,boot,fashion show,new york fashion week,jumpsuit,ankle boot,pointed toe,long sleeved,front row,zipper,black boot,leather boot,open collar,white jumpsuit,white color,black color,spring studios – new york,javicia leslie,concept korea – fashion