Jamel Rogers- Staff Writer
Javicia Leslie was born in Germany on May 30, 1987. Her family then moved to Maryland where she was raised in Upper Marlboro. Since then, she has become a proud alumna of Hampton University, acting in several productions such as “Seven Guitars”, “For Colored Girls” and more. Her first ever movie role she played Samantha Morgan in “Killer Coach”, which became a hit thriller during its time.
This year, Leslie landed the role of Batwoman for the second season of “Batwoman” on CW’s channel. The leading actress Rubi Rose playing Kate, will be replaced by Javicia Leslie as Ryan. The show is set to return this coming January with new expectations and excitement for Leslie’s character.
The show begins after Batman’s disappearance from the city of Gotham. Batman’s cousin, Kate, continues to soar in the streets of Gotham, reliving the legacy of a dark knight vigilante as Batwoman. This year Javicia Leslie will be playing Ryan Wilder on the show. This role may bring on a lot of controversy which also is great publicity for her to gain more roles in the near future. The controversy could range from comic similarities in characters to adjusting to a new superhero in the show.
This is inspiring to minorities especially aspiring actors and actresses wanting to expand their horizons. With Leslie being a Hampton grad, it also helps the reputation of our great Home by the Sea.
Recently, Leslie welcomed Hampton’s incoming freshman class for the remaining school year, giving Onyx 12 some great advice.
“Hampton has an amazing drama program and some amazing connects that have graduated already that can put you in the right places and the right doors, so make sure you network,” she explained.
The elevation in this television role has been phenomenal to women all over the world. It is taking up a lot of the media directed toward past experiences starting with “Black Panther”. “Black Panther” and “Batwomen” can be considered the first black lead superhero films/shows. It also shows a change in media development as they would cast more minorities into prestigious roles. She’s also helping out the LGBT community due to her lead acting achievements.
“I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community,” Leslie said in a statement.
According to E News, Javicia Leslie is getting along well with some of her castmates as they began shooting. Leslie recently informed everyone about her upcoming role through social media, getting the attention of DC Comics enthusiasts all over the world.
“You all have been a huge support on this journey!!! So, this isn’t my Batwoman, this is OUR Batwoman,” she said in the announcement post on Instagram.
She is a great representation for minorities wanting to take the next big steps in the movie industry and we can expect there to be a great incline in the number of actresses in each generation.
Christina Buie, Hampton Sociology major from Maryland said, “I think it’s great, especially for Hampton women! There are a few notable Hampton alumnae in the 21st century and I think she is a great catalyst for Hampton students and seeing more people on TV who look like me.”
Javicia Leslie is also one of many to show accomplishments for black women. Historically, most superheroes have been predominantly white and minorities were usually sidekicks or extras. Her success in the role would motivate young black women to strive for greatness. The effect she has on society will lie within her legacy as an actress.
Make sure to be on the lookout for updates on the show’s production, set to premiere January of 2021.