Batwoman star Javicia Leslie previously gave us a sneak peek of her new cape and cowl, but now, The CW has released the first official images of Batwoman’s new Batsuit. All we can say is holy curls, Batwoman!
“I was asked by Caroline Dries to design a Batsuit that was unique to the character of Ryan Wilder; as she is a highly skilled fighter, encapsulating her raw, athletic, and passionate nature was imperative,” said costume designer Maya Mani in a statement. “As Batwoman, Javicia Leslie not only brings a fresh perspective, but physical strength to the role. It was important for the new suit to define Javicia’s commanding presence while showcasing her athleticism and allowing her the freedom to express the physical nature of Batwoman, all while looking ultra-cool in the process!”
Leslie added that it was “an honor” to work with Mani and executive producer Caroline Dries on Batwoman’s new look: “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!”
“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 statement when her casting was announced.
When Rose left the series, it was assumed that The CW, Warner Bros. TV, and Berlanti Productions would be recasting the role of Kate Kane. In a plot twist, it was reported that the series would be getting an entirely new lead character, Ryan Wilder.
In a leaked casting call for the role, Ryan was described as a “female, mid-late 20s, any ethnicity. Ryan Wilder is about to become Batwoman”:
She’s likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.
When it came to the new costume design, executive producer Dries admitted that Batwoman’s wig “was something we never perfected in Season 1. Javicia and I saw various prototypes of styles and red ombres, and at one point we were trading our own iPad-doodled versions. [Wig creator Janice Workman] translated that into what we are looking at now. When I see it, I smile. It makes me feel inspired.”
The second season of Batwoman is set to premiere in early 2021 on The CW.