Javicia Leslie Will Be TV’s First Black Batwoman

African-American actress, Javicia Leslie, has been named as the new Batwoman when the show resumes for a second season.

Leslie will play Ryan Wilder, a new “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed” character who will take over from Kate Kane, alias Batwoman.

Kane was played by Ruby Rose, who shocked fans by quitting in May.

Leslie’s casting makes her the first black actress to portray the character in a live action TV show or film.

“I am extremely proud to be the first black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television,” said the actress, who previously starred in the US comedy-drama God Friended Me.

“And as a bisexual woman, I am honoured to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community.”