A brand new heroine will be defending Gotham City in Batwoman: Season 2, and now we’ve gotten our first look at Javicia Leslie wearing the iconic Batsuit.
Leslie posted the image on her Instagram account, showing what looks to be a screenshot of a costume test, along with the message, “Look out, Gotham, I’m suited up and ready to go… But just wait until Ryan Wilder puts her own spin on the Batsuit.”
It appears as though Leslie’s character Ryan Wilder will be wearing the same Batsuit as Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane (which itself is a modified version of the bulletproof suit originally worn by Bruce Wayne). But based on Leslie’s message, we’re guessing Ryan will eventually branch out and wear her own, personalized Batsuit. Hopefully Luke Fox or Cisco Ramon can hook her up with new duds.
Previously, our only glimpse of the new Batwoman came in the form of a DC FanDome montage poster drawn by Jim Lee. You can see a fully suited-up Ryan Wilder in the lower left, amid dozens of other DC heroes from across the multiverse.
Like most of the current Arrowverse shows, Batwoman was forced to end its first season prematurely after production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly after the Season 1 finale, we learned original series star Ruby Rose won’t be returning, with Rose citing the physical demands of the job and the back injury she suffered as reasons for wanting to move on. The CW eventually confirmed Leslie’s Ryan Wilder will inherit the Batwoman mantle and Kate Kane herself won’t be recast. Instead, Kate’s sudden disappearance will be a major plot point in Season 2.
Batwoman: Season 2 will begin in January 2021. Last we heard, the next Arrowverse crossover will unite Batwoman and new series Superman & Lois, though it’s unclear if Rose’s exit has changed those plans.
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While we wait for more on the future of Batwoman, find out how the season finale (sort of) introduced the Arrowverse’s Bruce Wayne, and brush up on all the big changes in the aftermath of Crisis on Infinite Earths.
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Source: IGN.com Batwoman: First Photo of Javicia Leslie in Batsuit Revealed