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By Nate Millado

"Look out, Gotham! I'm suited up and ready to go," captioned Javicia Leslie on social media, wearing Batwoman's signature cape and cowl. When Season 2 of Batwoman premieres on The CW on Sunday, Jan. 17, Leslie will be making history as the first African-American woman to portray Batwoman in a live-action production.

Here's your chance to get to know her, folks, because "Javicia Leslie" will soon be a household name!

Season 2 of Batwoman premieres Sunday, Jan. 17 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream next day free on The CW.

She's Just Like Ryan!

\u200b Javicia Leslie as Batwoman

Javicia Leslie as Batwoman.

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The CW describes Batwoman's alter ego, Ryan Wilder, as "likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed." So is Javicia Leslie anything like her character — or a complete 180? "Oh, no. We're pretty much the same person," she tells Watch. "I wouldn't call myself the most polished person. There are times where Ryan trips in a scene and looks around to see if anyone noticed, and there are times when I trip on set. [Like Ryan,] I'm always finding the humor in things, always trying to find a way for people to see that there is a chance for hope, that there is a chance for 'the good guy' to win, you know?"

She's A Military Brat

Leslie was born in Augsburg, Germany, in 1987, into a military family. Her mom served in the Army and completed two tours in Iraq; Leslie considers her a real-life superhero. "I call her Batmom," she said at a DC FanDome panel. And because she's a military brat, Leslie says she has "so much love for our soldiers." In fact, before moving to Hollywood, Leslie worked for the government in Washington, D.C. to pay soldiers who were on "stop-loss" while in Afghanistan. "I'd pay them for the time that their contract ended to the time that they were able to come back home."

She's Out And Proud

The 33-year-old actress, who identifies as bisexual, is taking the reins of the lesbian crimefighter from Season 1 star Ruby Rose. Shortly after Javicia Leslie's casting announcement, she issued a press release saying how "extremely proud" she was to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role on TV, adding: "And as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community." She's already got her predecessor's seal of approval. "I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman," Ruby Rose posted on Instagram. "I want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the Bat cape. You are walking into an amazing cast and crew. I can't wait to watch Season 2; you are going to be amazing!!"

You've Seen Her Before

If you're experiencing a slight case of déjà view, it might be because you have already seen this versatile actress' work. For two seasons, Leslie played Ali on CBS' heartwarming spiritual drama God Friended Me. Or perhaps you caught her Netflix rom-com, Always a Bridesmaid, during quarantine. She's also had guest stints on CBS' MacGyver and BET's The Family Business.

Batwoman Loves Catwoman

Eartha Kitt as Catwoman

Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in the original Batman TV series.

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Leslie draws inspo from the legendary Eartha Kitt — and not just because the raspy-voiced chanteuse played a feline femme fatale in the original 1966 Batman TV series. "I'm inspired by Eartha Kitt in general, not just as Catwoman, but also as an artist and an activist," she tells Watch. "She continued to speak even when women weren't 'supposed to.' I think that the world has created this idea of how women should act, and when you hear Eartha talk [in interviews], she's still regal and feminine and poised, but she broke the mold."

She's Here To Empower You

Javicia Leslie's Instagram page is a ray of sunshine on the bleakest of days! Her Insta is chock-full of empowering quotes, like this one: "Don't forget: We are going to be the ancestors our people will speak about one day ... What will be your legacy." Speaking with Good Morning LaLa Land, Leslie said: "I really want women to feel powerful; I want women to feel beautiful, confident, and I think that's a part of my purpose."

She Kicks Ass IRL

Something tells us doing her own stunts on Batwoman won't pose a problem for Javicia Leslie. That's because she's well-versed in Muay Thai, boxing and weapons, not to mention she's big on dancing, swimming and bootcamp training.

She Considers Batwoman A Blessing

Javicia Leslie at a ceremony honoring American Black films

Javicia Leslie attends the American Black Film Festival Honors Awards Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 23, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Javicia Leslie admitted to Watch that it was "weird" slipping into the suit the 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 weight of the role certainly isn't lost on her. "To know that this role represents so many people who have felt underrepresented, that has dawned on me. I don't look at it as a weight; I look at it as a blessing — so I'm really excited to be able to be a part of this story that's being told." She adds: "I have this belief that if you see it, you can be it."

Lightning Round With Javicia Leslie

Javicia Leslie at New York Fashion Week

Javicia Leslie attends the Alice + Olivia By Stacey Bendet fashion show during February 2020 New York Fashion Week: The Shows on Feb. 10, 2020 in New York City.

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We threw some random Q's at Javicia Leslie. Here are her revealing answers.

  • Guilty pleasure? Twix and Kit Kats
  • Favorite flick? Casper
  • Karaoke song? "Zombie" by The Cranberries
  • Hype song: "B**** from Da Souf" by Mulatto. "I play it right before I go on set as soon as I put on the Batwoman outfit."
  • Early bird or night owl? "Both! I like to stay up because that's when I can just sit down and watch TV or go out and ride my bike. But I like the daytime because I like to garden."
  • Life motto? "Follow your passion and you'll find your purpose."

Season 2 of Batwoman premieres Sunday, Jan. 17 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream next day free on The CW.

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By Katey Clifford

It's no secret that superhero moms often come to tragic ends. And those tragic family backstories transform many characters into TV's favorite crime-fighting, world-saving heroes. Moms have a lasting effect on their children that not only makes them the superheroes we love, but also shapes the world around us for the better.

Alura Zor-El

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl and her mother Erica Durance as Alura Zor El standing side by side as people rush around them

Erica Durance as Alura Zor-El and Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl.

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Alura Zor-El (Erica Durance) loved Supergirl enough to let her go. When finding out about Krypton's impending destruction, she sent Kara off to Earth, knowing she may never see her again or even if Kara herself would live through the trip. Kara is devastated by not having her mom in her life, until we find out Alura survived the explosion on Krypton! Nothing is more heartwarming than seeing the super-mother and daughter finally reunite after many long years, and more heartbreaking than—spoiler alert!—than watching the Girl of Steel losing her for good, along with the rest of Argo City.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream free Mondays only on The CW.

Eliza Danvers

Melissa Benoist as Kara sitting on a wicker couch next to her stepmom Helen Slater as Eliza Danvers

Melissa Benoist as Kara and Helen Slater as Eliza Danvers in Supergirl.

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Supergirl's adoptive mom, Eliza Danvers (Helen Slater), is arguably just as important as her real mom, Alura Zor-El. When Supergirl arrives from planet Krypton on to Earth, she needs someone to care for her while her biological mom isn't around. Eliza steps in to raise Kara as one of her own.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream free Mondays only on The CW.

Nora Allen

Barry Allen in a chair and having his face held by his kneeling mother Nora Allen played by actress Michelle Harrison

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen in The Flash.

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The bond between mom and son is truly unbreakable. Barry Allen, also known as The Flash, is the son of Nora Allen (Michelle Harrison). His entire tragic backstory comes from how much he loves his mother. When Nora dies mysteriously, and her death is pinned on Barry's father, Barry dedicates his life to trying to clear his father's name and, in the process, discovers what really happened to his mom.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free Wednesdays only on The CW.

Lynn Pierce

Christine Adams as Lynn Pierce looking seriously determined while being held back by her daughter

Christine Adams as Lynn and Nafessa Williams as Anissa in Black Lightning.

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While Lynn Pierce (Christine Adams) isn't a mom to a superhero—she's the wife (and loving mom to her and Black Lightning's two superheroine daughters, Anissa/Thunder and Jennifer/Lightning)—this mom deserves the spotlight because of her absolute strength living with a superhero family.

Although she's separated from Black Lightning because she didn't want him to continue a life of dangerous superheroism, she was strong in her commitment to her daughters and stood firm in what she thought was best for them. A woman who knows what she wants is a powerful force, indeed!

Stream Black Lightning only on The CW.

Gabi Kane

Rachel Skarsten as Beth and Ruby Rose as Kate Kane\u200b in Batwoman.

Rachel Skarsten as Beth and Ruby Rose as Kate Kane in Batwoman.

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Nothing's stronger than a mother's love! Gabi Kane (Michelle Morgan) was mother to Kate and Beth Kane, otherwise known as Batwoman and her nemesis Alice. Despite Gabi passing away all too soon, when her two daughters were just in their early teens, both Kate and her twin sister, Beth (pictured above), knew they were loved dearly. Directly before her death, Gabi gave her daughters garnet necklaces to match her own garnet earrings as a sign of her love for them.

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

Moira Queen

Susanna Thompson as Moria Queen holding her son Oliver Queen by the arm

Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow.

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As one of the most powerful women among superhero moms, Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), had an interesting parenting style, to say the least. (Kidnapping her son so others wouldn't kidnap him first?!) Everything she did was with love for her family first, no matter the actions she took to get there. She gave the most meaningful sacrifice of all—her life—for her children, Oliver and Thea, and we're sure she'd do it all again.

Stream Arrow only on The CW.

Barbara Whitmore

Amy Smart as Barbara Whitmore sitting on a bed with her daughter Courtney

Amy Smart as Barbara Whitmore and Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore.

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A new super-show premieres on The CW on May 19! Stargirl makes her debut to battle it out against the Injustice Society, including villains like Tigress, Wizard, Solomon Grundy, Icicle, Sportsmaster, and Dragon King.

The most important part here? Her mother, Barbara Whitmore (Amy Smart)! Barbara's going to be trying to hop back into the workforce now that her daughter Courtney is old enough. You think wrangling a teenager is hard? Try doing it with a superheroine!

DC's Stargirl premieres on Tuesday, May 19, at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free the next day only on The CW App.


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