On January 14, Javicia Leslie appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where she and host Jimmy Kimmel discussed her upcoming debut as Batwoman. During the interview, Leslie talked about the prevalence of comic book media in her life, how her family reacted to her being cast as Batwoman, and some of the coolest parts about playing the character.
Leslie will make her superhero debut in season 2 of The CW’s Batwoman. She will step into the role of Ryan Wilder/Batwoman. Leslie takes over the role from Ruby Rose (Kate Kane), who exited the series after season 1. Ryan Wilder is a new character wholly different from Kate. She’s described as “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed.” Like Kate, Ryan will be an out lesbian. Leslie is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community and is the first Black actress to play Batwoman on television.
Watch Leslie’s interview below, and catch her on season 2 of Batwoman, premiering Sunday, January 17 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on The CW.