Javicia Leslie and Showrunner Caroline Dries Talk Batwoman’s New Suit
With episode 3 already in the books, The CW’s Batwoman has debuted its main storylines for Season 2. The latest installment saw a showdown between Ryan Wilder and Victor Zsasz, as the hitman had some harsh words for the new Batwoman. The discussion with Zsasz motivated Wilder to implement some changes in her suit, and that’s when fans saw the Scarlet Knight’s brand new super-suit.
“We did the fitting and I put the pants on, I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, these pants look great,’” said actress Javicia Leslie while talking with EW. “Then I put the top on and the top grabs me and I was like, ‘Oh man, it gives me posture.’ Then we were putting the cowl and the wig on and I’m like, ‘This Chaka Khan hair, wow! Like, I am my ancestors!’ That’s how I felt when I put it on. I felt proud. I still do. I fight with my hair out all the time [while training in real life]. And fighting as Batwoman with my hair out, it’s really epic because I think people think it becomes a distraction. No, the same way you don’t touch a black girl’s hair normally is the same way you don’t touch Batwoman’s hair. It doesn’t get messed with.”
In the same interview, showrunner Caroline Dries revealed that they took inspiration for the new suit from fan art, adding that she never liked the red wig.
“I was like, ‘Oh yeah, duh! She can’t be wearing Kate’s suit because that would feel like hand-me-downs,’” said Dries. “To be honest, the idea of [making the wig] black curly hair, and not the red wig, came to me by looking at fan art [that] had some different styles that I was like, ‘Oh, this is awesome.’ Because I’m not shy about saying I never really liked the red wig. I never understood its purpose in the comic, let alone on our show. But it just never quite felt like this is what Batwoman would wear, in my opinion. It was just too feminine for me. Whereas this was feminine in all of the right ways of just like powerful.”
The next episode of Batwoman Season 2 will debut on The CW on Feb. 7.
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