Rachel Maddow Joins Ruby Rose on the CW’s ‘Batwoman’

The CW’s Batwoman premiering this Sunday night and if you weren’t already excited by the debut of DC’s premiere Lesbian superhero, The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow is joining the cast.

“Maddow takes on the role of Vesper Fairchild,” The Hollywood Reporter says, “A character from the Batman comics. Fairchild is a television and radio personality who had a romantic relationship with Bruce Wayne (Batman). The Batwoman catch is that Maddow’s Fairchild will never appear onscreen — at least there are no current plans for her to do so. Still, Maddow is expected to “appear” in multiple episodes.”

This will be the political commentator’s second connection to the world of Batwoman, the DC Comics series about an out lesbian superhero. She previously wrote an introduction for the 2010 deluxe hardcover edition of writer Greg Rucka’s Batwoman graphic novel Elegy. (That collected Detective Comics issues 854-860.)
Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries told The Hollywood Reporter 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 took Twitter, where she made the announcement: “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).”

Watch the latest trailer that dropped earlier this week below.



Batwoman debuts this Sunday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. The CW’s Batwoman is exec produced by Greg Berlanti and Dries (The Vampire Diaries). Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black) takes on the lead role of Batwoman/Kate Kane. Batwoman, part of The CW’s swelling Arrow-verse, has the distinction of being primetime television’s first show with an out lesbian superhero as its lead (that also happens to be played by an out actress).


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