New Batwoman Javicia Leslie Shares First Images of Her New Costume and Fans Are Loving It

Javicia Leslie, the actress who will assume the role of Batwoman in season two of the CW show, surprised her social media followers on Tuesday by unexpectedly posting a couple official images of her new costume. Fans wasted no time in reacting with mostly positive—if not downright euphoric—comments.

The suit's redesign is also meant as something as a reboot for the entire show, as Javicia Leslie assumes a new character, Ryan Wilder. She replaces Ruby Rose, who played Kate Kane's Batwoman in season one, but left under conflicting circumstances. Rose reported surgery for a back injury suffered on-set prompted her decision, while some pointed to rumors of backstage conflict with various crew members for her exit.

Javicia Leslie
Javicia Leslie, the new star of 'Batwoman,' in a scene from the since-cancelled CBS show 'God Friended Me.' Courtesy of CBS

For the record, no matter the reason for her departure, Rose has been nothing but publicly supportive of Leslie. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly this summer, she stated, "I was so proud and so happy when I was told who would be replacing me. I'm just really stoked, and I'm definitely going to watch the next season as well and see how it all comes together."

Season 2, with Leslie as Wilder and her alter ego Batwoman, is set to premiere on the CW in January of 2021. An early report states the outfit won't make its debut until the third episode, so the images released yesterday will have to hold fans over. For the record, Leslie is the first Black woman to portray a live-action version of Batwoman on TV or film.

"I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman—it's her style, her swag, and her moment," Leslie said in a statement in regards to the new costume. "I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!"

Like Rose's costume, the new version is colored black and red, but there are large overall differences, especially the hair. Unlike the straight red hair sported by Rose, Leslie will wear curly hair with red streaks. Red gauntlets and a new belt with the bat logo have also been added, and the laser-etched suit contains other design changes.

Here is Leslie's original post sharing the pics:

Blackwoman, I mean Batwoman is here 🦇 @CWBatwoman @DCComics

— Javicia Leslie (@JaviciaLeslie) October 26, 2020

Fans quickly showed their love, like this one:

Lady/costume look dope af. I just wish DC would actually invest in a good movie like this instead of one of these CW shows. To be a fan of this universe you'd have to watch TV practically nonstop. At least, that's how it feels from an outside perspective.

— Ross Wheatley (@Ross_Wheatley) October 27, 2020

And another positive reaction:

YOU'RE PERFECT im so happy for you be the batwoman

— stella (@obiwxcanary) October 26, 2020

Chris Brogan, of the business TV program The Backpack Show, also enjoyed the glimpse of Ryan Wilder's new outfit:

That came out pretty danged good! Is it fun having this out there for folks to see?

— Chris Brogan/Backpack Show Host (@chrisbrogan) October 27, 2020

Batman, through his official DC Twitter page, also proudly introduced his fellow crime fighter:

Ryan Wilder is her own hero. Here's your first look at @JaviciaLeslie as Gotham's newest protector, coming to @CWBatwoman 🦇

— Batman (@DCBatman) October 26, 2020

Camrus Johnson, who portrays Luke Fox on the show, gave his thumb's up to his future co-star:

Wow. The power in this.
Our Batwoman, @JaviciaLeslie @CWBatwoman

— Camrus Johnson (@CamrusJ) October 26, 2020

The show's creator and executive producer Caroline Dries said in a press release that the new look is meant to show the importance of the superhero as a symbol to Gotham City. Here is her tweet introducing the latest take on her creation for CW, adding: "Save us, please."

Meet our new Batwoman, @JaviciaLeslie. Save us, please.

— Caroline Dries (@carolinedries) October 26, 2020

HBO Max, which has been streaming many of CW's live-action shows, also showed its approval.

This is perfect 🥺

— HBO Max (@hbomax) October 27, 2020

Warner Bros. TV, which partners with CW on the show, tweeted that the new Batwoman is the "hero Gotham and the world need (sic)."

The hero Gotham and the world need ❤️

— Warner Bros. TV (@warnerbrostv) October 27, 2020

Media outlets also expressed approval, including this show of love from Entertainment Tonight's Twitter page:


— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) October 26, 2020

Other reactions included casually sweet messages, like one Instagram user who simply wrote she couldn't wait to dress up like Javicia Leslie's Batwoman for Halloween next year.