We heard in July that Javicia Leslie will be the new face of CW’s Batwoman after Ruby Rose declined to renew her contract. While Javicia is celebrating her big opportunity, some of her family members are putting on a not so enthusiastic front. Javicia was on Jimmy Kimmel recently. She said that her comic-loving brother was very nonchalant when she announced she got the role. Her brother was absolutely obsessed with the comic world and she used to watch the cartoons, movies and TV shows with him so his reaction has been quite baffling. Despite the sibling rivalry in this situation, Javicia has a superfan in her mother whom Javicia says introduces her as whatever role she is playing. In this case, her mom introduces Javicia as Batwoman to people. Below are a few excerpts from the interview via People:
“And I remember when I told him that I booked Batwoman, he was so nonchalant about it. I’m like, ‘Yo, I’ve known you your entire life and you’re obsessed with comics and like I’m Batwoman and you give me nothing!’ ” Leslie shared.
She continued, “And then the first thing he says to me is ‘I’m so mad Supergirl is coming to an end.’ ”
Leslie also revealed that her brother was more excited about the upcoming season four premiere of Black Lightning on February 8.
“I think he’s trying to play it cool,” she said.
Her mom, however, told many people before the announcement was public.
“My mom is my biggest support and like a superfan. She’s like the type of person if we’re out and she’s trying to introduce me, she’s going to introduce me as whatever role I’m playing at the moment,” Leslie explained.
“So, we just go to like the grocery store and ‘This is my daughter Javicia. She’s Batwoman,’ ” she said, imitating her mother.
Leslie also shared that she sent a promo image of herself suited up as Batwoman despite Warner Bros.’s strict policy and later found out that her mother printed it poster size to hang up in their family home.
This is the cutest damns story I have read in a while. Javicia’s mother is absolutely adorable and I love how proud she is of her daughter. I was cracking up when Javicia said that her mom made a huge poster of a picture of the press pictures that people were not supposed to see and hung it up in the living room. That right there is a true fandom in one woman. Moms are the best.
I did not watch Batwoman when Ruby Rose was in the role despite liking Ruby Rose. I may catch up on the first season and watch the new show with Javicia. I haven’t seen her in other shows so this will be my first time seeing her in action. I am glad she is representing several communities as well. Black girls and the LGBTQ communities will have their very own superhero. CW has been doing a great job with diversifying its casts in the DCEU particularly. Javicia will make a great addition to the fandom. I didn’t know that she is a master in Muay Thai which definitely prepared her for the role of Batwoman and that she went to a historically Black college. I love how Javicia said she stole her Batwoman landing from Kate Beckinsale in Underworld. Listen, Kate was badass in the Underworld and it makes me want to watch this season of Batwoman even more.
Like Javicia’s brother, I too am looking forward to the new season of Black Lightning and am gutted that Supergirl was canceled. As for Javicia’s brother acting all salty, I am sure he will come around. More than likely, he is secretly more proud of Javicia than even their mother. At some point he will embrace the fact that his sister is now a part of one of his favorite universes and openly express his excitement. Family definitely has a way of keeping one humble, but family can also be very supportive and make you feel proud of your achievements.
Here’s the full interview: