MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow has joined the cast of The CW’s “Batwoman” series.
Maddow will play the role of Vesper Fairchild, a snarky Gotham City radio and TV personality with ties to the superhero world. The character will reportedly never actually appear on-screen, only Maddow’s voice as the character will be heard, but she will be heard across multiple episodes of the first season.
In the comics, Vesper becomes romantically involved with Bruce Wayne before she is murdered on the orders of then U.S. President Lex Luthor. In the Arrow-verse shows, she has only been mentioned once so far – as a former fling of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).
Showrunner Caroline Dries tells The Live Feed: “We consider Vesper Fairchild to be the sardonic Voice of Gotham. In addition to Rachel’s interest in Batwoman, we thought she’d be the perfect casting choice because her own hard-hitting journalism wildly contrasts Vesper’s penchant for snark, gossip and criticism of female superheroes.”
Maddow has ties to the character – she previously wrote an introduction for the 2010 deluxe hardcover edition of writer Greg Rucka’s “Batwoman” graphic novel “Elegy”.
Ruby Rose leads the cast of “Batwoman” which premieres this Sunday.