The second part of the DC FanDome event featured the cast & crew of Batwoman Season 2 giving insights about the show! Here’s what’s known so far:
After the extensive success of Warner Bros’ virtual convention titled DC FanDome, the studio on Saturday premiered its continuation in the form of part 2, called Explore the Multiverse. The online streamed event gave fans a massive virtual experience with panels, sneak peeks, and more.
One of the most exciting reveals was made by the cast and crew of Batwoman Season 2 who came together to share some details about the show’s return.
Very recently it was reported by the Deadline that British actor Shivaani Ghai is set to appear as Safiyah in The CW show. We now have been acquainted with more information about the upcoming season of Batwoman. While most of the cast which was previously seen in season 1 will be returning, a new entrant will be seen in the series who’s going to be the new protector of Gotham city. Javicia Leslie will be stepping in to play the character of Ryan Wilder who has spent most of her life crusading against the evils of the system.
The panel was attended by executive producers Caroline Dries and Sarah Schechter alongside the cast members Rachel Skarsten (Alice), Camrus Johnson (Lucas Fox), Meagan Tandy (Sophie Moore), Nicole Kang (Mary Hamilton), and Javicia Leslie.
The cast which is seemingly having fun working together said they were already like a family and Javicia has made them complete. Many of the cast and producers also confessed to being fans of her TV series God Friended Me. Overwhelmed with the praise, Javicia said “It feels like an honor, I was looking on Instagram, and I was just scrolling through new followers, and I saw all these rainbows in their bios, and I just felt so. . . I felt like a representation. I felt like what I’ve always wanted to be, which is a role model. I feel honored. I feel excited. I feel like there are so many little Javicias that don’t have voices, little black girls that don’t have a voice, little bisexual, bi-curious, gay, lesbian, everything that didn’t have voices, and I feel honored to be a voice for my community. And then to play a character that represents my community in the same way? That’s not a common thing as an actress . . . It feels really powerful, and everything that’s going on right now? This is what we need. We need to see representation.”
Leslie said she feels ‘powerful’ for being the first Black actress to play the role of Batwoman on TV or in movies. She’s also bisexual and told that it is an honor to play a character that is just like her.
Fans were worried when lead actor Ruby Rose suddenly decided to quit the Batwoman series earlier this year. However, the executive producer, Caroline Dries revealed that Rose’s character exit would for sure be addressed in the new season. She says, “We have two major stories, as we come into season two, the first one is ‘Where’s Kate?’ What happened to Kate? Is she alive? Did she die? Is she missing? Is she on the run? Is she held captive? Is she lost? … And, then we are obviously just diving into Javicia. We have a new hero rising into Gotham. Ryan will ironically, ultimately, unite the Kane family, There are all of these strands of connection that she brings to them.”
Javicca Leslie may be enrobing the Batwoman mantle, but she will not be donning the same suit. In the panel, she revealed that she hasn’t tried on the Batwoman suit yet but the previous costume will be refashioned to suit her character.
Dries and Leslie said that unlike Ruby Rose’s character which sported a red wig of long and wavy hair, Ryan Wilder’s attire would be more natural and is intended to display the texture of a black woman’s hair. “We’re talking about how important it is that if we’re going to have a Black Batwoman and that she needs to be, like, a sister when she becomes Batwoman,” said Leslie. “It’s important for her to feel like the silhouette of her could still look like that, with naturally textured hair and things like that.”
About the plot of the second season, 2 main storylines are projected. One which would deal with Ryan Wilder’s story and how she takes over the mantle of Batwoman and the other would be on the disappearance of Kate Kane and its impact on all the other characters.
On hinting that Wilder might be the character that brings the Kane family together again, Dries also explained how similar the characteristics of Kate and Ryan Wilder are. Both aim on helping those left behind.
Watching the cast of Batwoman season 2 welcoming Javicia Leslie with all the enthusiasm for their show Batwoman makes us even more excited. The show which proved to be more than just entertaining was filled with emotional depth and represented communities often overlooked by entertainment media. And from what we presume, Batwoman Season 2 is set to push even more boundaries when it returns for a reboot with Javicia Leslie’s character.
Currently, the production on Batwoman season 2 is underway in Vancouver and the drama will return in 2021 on the CW.
Stay updated with FandomWire as we will keep you posted on new sightings of the Batsuit and news about the upcoming season. Check out the entire Batwoman panel on the DC FanDome website.