It only took a few decades, by DC Comic’s Madame Xanadu will finally be part of a live action show.
Deadline reports The Walking Dead veteran Jeryl Prescot has joined DC Universe’s upcoming Swamp Thing as Madame Xanadu. Designed by artist Michael William Kaluta in 1978, the character debuted in Doorway to Nightmare #1; the last of DC’s mystery line of comics in the 1970s. Like many other characters in the line, she continued to make sporadic appearances in DC Comics throughout the 1980s and 90s before finally receiving her own Vertigo comic book by Matt Wagner and principle artist Amy Reeder. The book established the mysterious fortune teller as Nimue, one of the Ladies of the Lake in Arthurian mythology. Though, in this telling, Nimue was identified as the Lady in the Lake’s sister. The series survived 29 issues and featured guest appearances by the Spectre and the Golden Age Sandman. In the current comics continuity, she is a big figure in the DC Universe’s mystical community and a supporter of the Justice League Dark team.
Prescot will be familiar to viewers of The Walking Dead as Jacqui, an initial member of Rick’s band who chose to die in the CDC explosion rather than face the grim future of the Walkers.
On Swamp Thing, Prescot’s Madame Xandu will be “a blind fortune teller with a mysterious past and supernatural perceptions that reveal the future.” Presumably, she will offer Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) some clues to the mysterious plague infesting Houma, Louisana and the nature of the Swamp Thing creature (Derek Mears).
Swamp Thing debuts on DC Universe in 2019.
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