A Black woman will star in the television series 'Batwoman,' a first for the superhero in live-action television or film, the CW network said on Wednesday.
Javicia Leslie will take on the cape and cowl for the CW television show when it returns for its second season in January.
Leslie replaces Australian actress and model Ruby Rose.
Leslie's Batwoman will be nothing like her predecessor. The character, described by the network as "likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed," spent her life as a drug runner and now lives in a van.
Her casting follows efforts by Hollywood in recent years to diversify the portrayal of comic book superheroes.
'The Eternals' movie, due out in February 2021, will debut the Marvel film franchise's first gay superhero along with actor Kumail Nanjiani as the first Pakistani superhero in a mainstream Hollywood movie.
In 2018, Nicole Maines, a transgender woman, filled the first transgender superhero role on television in the CW series 'Supergirl.'