Rachel Maddow Joins Batwoman Cast—With A Catch

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Rachel Maddow is having a banner year. With a huge ratings bump to her nightly news show (along with the President’s impeachment), the MSNBC political commentator is currently enjoying herself.

Now she’s adding another notch to her resume, joining a superhero show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Maddow joined The CW’s Batwoman in a “key role”. Maddow has a previous connection with Batwoman as she penned the foreword to the hardcover version of Greg Rucka’s Elegy in 2010. (The character is an out lesbian as is Maddow herself.)

Don’t expect Maddow to appear on set in Vancouver though.

Maddow will play the role of Vesper Fairchild, a radio and television personality. Last year, the character was mentioned in “Elseworlds” as an ex-girlfriend of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). The relationship apparently didn’t end awesomely as it was Oliver pre-series. In the comics, Fairchild had a relationship with Bruce Wayne as well.

The catch is, however, that we will never see Maddow onscreen in the role. There are currently no plans for that to happen. She will only appear in audio clips (which will accommodate Maddow’s own schedule in NYC). Fans can expect her to debut in the series premiere on Sunday.

Maddow posted about her role on Twitter, where she called the experience “one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.”

Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries said on Maddow’s role, “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.”

Batwoman will debut on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c on The CW.

Bec Heim