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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Stargirl battles it out on screen 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 just 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!

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Photography by Derek Blanks.


It's a bird ... It's a plane ... It's some of your favorite crime fighters from The CW and the DC Comics universe like you've never seen them before!

We're celebrating superheroes, comic book characters, and pop culture phenoms with these powerful portraits from the Watch vault. Scroll to see more stunning photos of these super TV stars from Supergirl, Arrow, Black Lightning, and The Flash—showing off their ultra glamorous, not-so-secret identities.

All that glitters

Melissa Benoist in a sparkly red top reclining on a chair.

Supergirl star Melissa Benoist—and her super friends—go glam in these exclusive photos.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Right on target

Portrait of Stephen Amell in a red print jacket.

This smoldering shot proves that Arrow star Stephen Amell is making his mark.

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

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Shock and awe

Cress Williams in a purple suit.

When not protecting the fictional city of Freeland with his superpowers on Black Lightning, actor Cress Williams shows off his sophisticated side.

Photography by Derek Blanks.

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Summer beauty

Candice Patton in a gold sequined dress.

The Flash star Candice Patton knows how to relax.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Super suave

Stephen Amell in a suit.

This Star City crime fighter looks good without his disguise.

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

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Girl power

Melissa Benoist posing in a fashion shoot.

Supergirl star Melissa Benoist is out of this world.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Chartreuse crush

Candice Patton in a chartreuse yellow sun dress.

The woman behind Iris West is striking in this vibrant Guess dress.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Lightning strikes

Actor Cress Williams leaning against a wall.

Cress Williams takes charge.

Photography by Derek Blanks.

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Force of nature

Candice Patton on a swing above a small lagoon.

Candice Patton gets into the swing of things on location in Port Antonio, Jamaica.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Fashionable in Ferragamo

Actor Stephen Amell modeling a designer suit.

Oliver Queen suits up for a different occasion.

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

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She's got the look

Kara Danvers is the universe's strongest, savviest, and most sophisticated Supergirl.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Star power

Cress Williams sitting on the front of a rusted truck.

Cress Williams' Black Lightning just may be the superhero we've all been waiting for.

Photography by Derek Blanks.

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