The CW's Batwoman series has cast Rachel Maddow as Vesper Fairchild. Maddow is best-known for her work as an MSNBC host. While Maddow will be featured on the upcoming show, she will not be seen. Fairchild is a television and radio personality who had a romantic relationship with Bruce Wayne in the comics, so it seems like she will be more of a radio personality in the series, which stars Ruby Rose. With that being said, Maddow will be in multiple episodes of the new series.
This is not Rachel Maddow's only connection to the world of Batman. The MSNBC host wrote an introduction for the 2010 hardcover edition of Greg Rucka's Batwoman graphic novel Elegy and is a pretty big fan. Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries had this to say about Maddow joining the show, which debuts this Sunday on The CW.
"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."
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)."
Rachel Maddow is currently very busy with MSNBC since the impeachment Inquiry against Donald Trump started. Cable news has been working overtime to cover everything that has been going on, and there has been a lot. Maddow is very vocal about her feelings for Trump and he has no problem sharing his feelings with the mainstream media. Whatever happens with the impeachment, Maddow and crew are going to continue to be very busy for the next handful of months.
Like Rachel Maddow, Ruby Rose is starting a whole new chapter of her career with Batwoman. She was incredibly excited to be cast and is a big fan of the character. However, she would like some of the image to shift when it comes to talking about her sexuality and the roles she takes on. Kate Kane is openly gay on the show. "I would rather keep getting roles -- gay, straight, bi, asexual, who cares -- in versatile situations than the idea of just me being gay and playing gay," says the actress. The Batwoman TV series may be a way to help her along on her mission. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce Rachel Maddow's casting.