There was plenty of doubt going into the season premiere about how Kate’s disappearance, and Ryan’s entrance, would be handled — but thankfully, fans are delighted by Leslie’s entrance into the Arrowverse.
On Twitter, @KxllxngEve wrote, “I absolutely LOVED the first episode. The whole cast is amazing. Ryan is a bad***, I can’t wait to see how her story progresses. I’m loving her dynamic with Luke and Mary already.” Fans pointed out that Ryan can relate to the existing characters Luke (Camrus Johnson) and Mary (Nicole Kang) over the trauma of losing a parent to murder.
Leslie’s acting skills are also impressing many viewers, as Reddit user Zerometro commented that “Ryan is much better than her press release description due to Javicia Leslie’s acting.” They added that her character reminded them of the beloved teenage Batman, Terry McGinnis, from the animated series Batman Beyond, comparing how both characters accidentally come into the role.
Meanwhile, some fans are already liking Ryan more than the Batwoman she replaced. Reddit user Catastray wrote, “What a great episode. Javicia Leslie was absolutely phenomenal, she has sold me on Ryan Wilder’s story, and honestly, I like her more than Ruby Rose so far. I cannot wait for next week!”