The Batwoman TV series is pulling from way back in Batman lore for a new character. It was revealed on Friday that Rachel Maddow (The Rachel Maddow Show) will be playing Vesper Fairchild in the CW series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Maddow will only be voicing Fairchild and there are currently no plans for her to appear physically in the series. “We consider Vesper Fairchild to be the sardonic Voice of Gotham,” Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries said in a statement. “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 had a previous connection to Batwoman in that she wrote the introduction to the 2010 hardcover of the Elegy collection of Batwoman stories from Detective Comics issues 854-860.
As for Fairchild, in the comics she has been romantically involved with Bruce Wayne and died in Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure #1 in 2002. In last year’s Elseworlds crossover it was revealed that in the Arrowverse she had at one time been involved with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). As she won’t be appearing on screen, it seems doubtful either of these romances will figure into the series.
Batwoman will be debuting on Oct. 6, 2019.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter