Javicia Leslie confirmed on Instagram on Thursday that she is the new interpreter of the title role in the superhero series Batwoman . The 33-year-old actress is the first black woman to take on the role of the superheroine.

Leslie, known from the drama series The Family Business, will play an openly lesbian woman in Batwoman , who has a history as a drug courier. It is not yet known when the new series of the show will appear.

Leslie focuses on black girls in her confirmation of the coverage. "To all the black girls who dream of being a superhero one day: it's possible!". In a statement, the German-born American actress states "I am very proud to be the first black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman. As a bisexual woman, I am honored to participate in this show, which barriers has broken through for the LGBTI community. "

In June, via a casting call for the second season of the series, it was revealed that Batwoman, Ryan Wilder's alter ego, would be played by a “mid-to-late-twenties woman with no predetermined ethnicity about to become Batwoman” . In the preceding Batwoman series , the alter ego of superheroine Kate Kane was played by Leslie Rose, who left without explanation in May.