'Batwoman' actress says she spoke 'a lot' with 'The Flash' star Grant Gustin about joining the Arrowverse and the most 'uncomfortable' part of her Batsuit

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Super friends! Javicia Leslie tells Insider she and Grant Gustin have "talked a lot about everything," including superhero costumes, since her Batwoman casting. Nino Muñez/The CW, Katie Yu/The CW The CW Network, LLC
  • "Batwoman" star Javicia Leslie spoke a lot with "The Flash" star Grant Gustin after joining The CW's Arrowverse.

  • Leslie told Insider she and Gustin spoke "a lot" about everything, including wearing superhero masks.

  • Both their characters — Batwoman and Flash — wear masks for extended periods of time when they're fighting crime.

  • "I said to him, 'Man, you didn't tell me how uncomfortable that cowl is going to be,'" Leslie told Insider while laughing, adding that Batwoman's cowl is probably the most uncomfortable part of the suit.

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Javicia Leslie didn't speak with former "Batwoman" star Ruby Rose when taking over the Bat mantle for the show's second season, but she did speak with another CW superhero, "The Flash's" Grant Gustin.

"It definitely isn't a pair of pajamas that are very relaxing to lay around in," Leslie told Insider about her customized suit. "But, it's funny because I talked to Grant [Gustin] about the cowl because he lives in his cowl for 'The Flash.'"

"Leading up [to the show,] he and I talked a lot about everything," she said about her fellow Arrowverse super friend.

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Grant Gustin is seen above on season six, episode 14 of "The Flash." Gustin has been playing the CW's superhero since 2014. The CW

But there was one thing Grant didn't warn her about.

"I said to him, 'Man, you didn't tell me how uncomfortable that cowl is going to be,'" Leslie said.

"Definitely having something so heavy on my face all day is probably the most uncomfortable part, a little more uncomfortable than the suit," she continued, "which is why I really love when Ryan gets to just wear the suit without the cowl."

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Leslie knows the cape and cowl are the main part of Batwoman's suit, though, and it's not until she puts it on that she completely feels like the Caped Crusader.

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Javicia Leslie is seen on the second season premiere of "Batwoman." The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC

"When I put [the cowl] on that's when I really feel like a superhero," Leslie said. "You have to take the weight of what it is to wear something that's this uncomfortable, but understanding the reason why you're doing it, what it means, and what it represents."

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In our longer conversation about joining "Batwoman," Leslie told Insider via phone about putting on the Batsuit for the first time, a moment she described as "really surreal," having grown up watching Batman.

Leslie will be seen wearing two different Batsuits on the upcoming season of the CW series, which premieres Sunday. The first one is Kate Kane's (Ruby Rose). A version of that suit was made for Leslie's body type. The team then worked for months on Ryan Wilder's version of the suit.

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A poster released by The CW shows Javicia Leslie's full superhero look as Batwoman on season 2. Nino Muñoz/The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC

When asked whether or not we may see her character team up with the Flash or another Arrowverse superhero at some point since typically the CW superheroes get together each fall in a giant superhero crossover. 

"I really hope so. That's not on us," Leslie said, adding that it will likely depend on COVID-19 and the protocols they need to follow to film safely. 

"Batwoman" season two premieres on The CW on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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