Gotham City is getting a new voice: Rachel Maddow.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the MSNBC commentator will “appear” in several episodes of Batwoman as Vesper Fairchild. Created by Doug Moench and Kelly Jones, the character debuted in Batman #540 as a radio talk show host nicknamed “the Siren of the Night” who becomes involved with Bruce Wayne. She is eventually killed by Bruce’s former mentor David Cain on orders from then-president Lex Luthor, leading Batman to abandon his Bruce Wayne identity for a time.
On The CW series, Maddow’s version of Fairchild will give the show something of a Greek chorus. The character will be unseen for the foreseeable future, but Fairchild will be heard gabbing about the town and its new female superhero. “We consider Vesper Fairchild to be the sardonic Voice of Gotham,” showrunner Caroline Dries told THR. “We thought [Rachel would] be the perfect casting choice because her own hard-hitting journalism wildly contrasts Vesper’s penchant for snark, gossip and criticism of female superheroes.”
It is unclear how quickly the character will be integrated into the show — her voice is not heard in the Batwoman pilot episode screened at Comic-Con International: San Diego this past July — but considering the nature of the role, it is possible to add her on the fly.
Batwoman debuts Sunday on The CW.