Javicia Leslie as Batwoman
Photo Credit: Nino Muñoz/The CW (Left). The CW (Right).

Meet the new barrier-breaking Batwoman, Javicia Leslie.

By Nate Millado

"Look out, Gotham, I'm suited up and ready to go," ready to go," captioned Javicia Leslie on social media, wearing Batwoman's cape and cowl. Leslie admitted it was "weird" slipping into the suit for the very first time. "I looked in the mirror and said, 'Wow, like this is real. I'm a superhero!'" she says. "But I also know what this moment represents." The 33-year-old actress, who identifies as bisexual, is taking the reins of the lesbian crime fighter from Season 1 star Ruby Rose. But Leslie is making history as the first African-American woman to portray Batwoman in a live-action production.

Watch caught up with the Arrowverse newcomer.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2021.

Batwoman airs Sundays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream next day free only on The CW.

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