Transcript for Javicia Leslie makes history as first Black ‘Batwoman’
Well, the suit has gps. You might as well just give it back now, Ms. -- Wilder. Ryan. And I'm not done with it yet. Ooh. Ooh, all right then. Good luck getting that suit. That was a clip from the cw's new season of ""Batwoman." Featuring a brand new character, the iconic Katherine, the first ever black woman to play "Batwoman" on the set with us new, javicia Leslie. Thank you so much for being here and congratulations on everything. Thank you so much for having me. Thank you, thank you. It's happening. It's been talked about. But now it's really here. How are you feeling? I'm excited. Two days away. I'm so, so excited. We have been working our behinds off with our amazing crew, our amazing cast, to put together an epic season, and I'm just so excited for the world to see it on Sunday. This character, yes, black, but also a lesbian with a criminal record. That's our batwoman. Like you said, our batwoman. And so much talk about being historic, the first black actress to play batwoman. Just happens to be black and how much does that story line play into it or do you just happen to be black? You would have to ask our show creator about their casting choices, but yeah, it definitely plays a role in Ryan's life, especially Ryan as batwoman. Her criminal background is not necessarily her fault. She went to jail for a crime she didn't commit, which is just another layer that happens in our communities. So we definitely deal with a lot of the issues that face the black community within the show. And I think it plays really well for the dynamic of all of the other characters, and also to be able to slightly talk about what's going on in society in real life. Javicia, I understand you got a billboard in L.A.? Isn't that crazy? How did that feel? It felt so surreal. Because when I first moved to Los Angeles, I used to park -- I tell this to people all the time -- I used to park my car so I could see billboards that I was inspired by. And I would run my auditions in my car while looking at billboards, because I just felt like in order for me to get there, I had to start here. So when I went to L.A. A few weeks ago for Christmas break and I saw my billboard, I could not believe it. It like I am standing in the middle of street, looking at it and saying that's me! And you can't tell, because batwoman has this big afro and a mask and I look like a psycho. But I was soxcited. Javicia, we know it's you. Everyone will know it's you in a couple of days. Really, congratulations on everything, and good luck. We hope to see you down the road, all right? T.J., Amy, thanks for having me. "Batwoman" returns to the cw for its second season, Sunday, coming up. That's how we were. We saw ourselves at a bus stop. We had a picture of us. Robach and I did the same thing. That's us! That was her vision board. She manifested it.
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