Maddow’s will voice the character of radio personality Vesper Fairchild — a one-time romantic partner for Bruce Wayne, in comic books. She’s expected to appear in “multiple episodes.”
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.
“We consider Vesper Fairchild to be the sardonic Voice of Gotham,” Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries told THR. “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.”
Vesper Fairchild has ties to the Arrowverse, which was brought up in last year’s Elseworlds crossover. It was revealed that Fairchild previously had a relationship with Oliver Queen, aka Arrow. As for Rachel Maddow, she is extremely excited to take on this new role. After the news was made public, Maddow shared the news on social media. She explains.
“I know no one’s going to believe this is true, but it’s true. I’m Vesper Fairchild in the new Batwoman TV show that starts this Sunday night on The CW. (My character is soooo not me; turns out playing her is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done).”