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"Good morning, Gotham, your girl Vesper Fairchild here. So was I dreaming or is Batman really back? If so, things are looking up for this city. If not, I just revealed way too much about my dreams. Talk to me, Gotham. Are you as excited about mister tall, dark, and unavailable as I am?"
—Vesper Fairchild[src]

Vesper Fairchild is a radio talk show host in Gotham City whose program is one of the most important and popular sources of information for her fellow Gothamites. She is an active, yet somewhat fair-weathered, supporter of Batman and Batwoman.

Biography

Original multiverse

Early life

Vesper Fairchild was born and raised in Gotham City. She eventually became a radio talk show host, famous for knowing everyone in the city and hosting her editorial-type talk show, which presented news and her say on the matters at hand.[1]

At some point before 2007, Vesper did an exposé on white-collar crime. In order to convince her that Queen Consolidated was a clean company, Oliver Queen "slept" with Vesper, which he would forget over the following years.[2]

Return of the Bat

In 2018, Vesper reported the Bat vigilante's recent exploits on her radio talk show, and rhetorically asked her listeners' opinions on the masked crusader's return.[1] Vesper was amused for days by Batman's supposed return, stating on her talk show that even after four days, it was still the most discussed topic in town. However, after an incident on Loeb Bridge involving the Crows transporting Alice and her subsequent escape, Vesber wondered if the Gothamites had put their hopes in a ghost, joking that Batman wasn't around because he went to a "caped guys convention" or Robin's graduation.[3]

Ten days later, Vesper noted on a broadcast that Batman didn't make other appearances and asked her listeners if they were also feeling ghosted by him. Later after a mannequin dressed as Batman was left in front of the Gotham City Gazette as an intimidating message, Vesper questioned Batman in another broadcast over his deal, urging the vigilante to step "out of the shadows and into this ring" because Gotham really needed him. After Batwoman finally make her public debut, Vesper happily reported that The Bat was back, just "curvier and sexier". She asked the public what to call the new vigilante, prompting Sophie Moore to suggest "Batwoman".[4]

Catching up with "Oliver"

During the first change in reality made with the Book of Destiny by John Deegan in December 2018, Vesper was contacted by Barry Allen, who was in Oliver's reality. Vesper reminded him of their affair "back in the day" and hung up.[2]

Following Batwoman's career

When Magpie began a series of robberies in Gotham, Vesper wondered where Batwoman was and why she hadn't stopped the thief yet. She also mocking the vigilante after gallery footage showed Batwoman missed catching her batarang when fighting the Magpie. When the vigilante finally captured Magpie, Vesper sincerely complimented Batwoman, insisting she had a beautiful smile, and thus should smile more.[5]

Vesper actively reported on the Executioner, being initially disappointed when Batwoman freed Chris Medlock, the primary suspect, from the Crows, but later admitted that the vigilante got things right when Medlock was exonerated and the conspiracy between ADA Angus Stanton, Detective Stu Donnelly, and Judge Raymond Calverick exposed. Vesper also informed her fellow Gothamites that the DA was reopening all cases tainted by the cabal's actions.[6]

One week later, Vesper talked about how Batwoman thwarted the Rifle's third attack, since there were two other successful attacks in that same week.[7] A few days later, Vesper reported on Gotham's annual Humanitarian Ball and the murder of Catherine Hamilton-Kane.[8]

Anti-Monitor Crisis

During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Vesper as well as everyone in the multiverse except for the seven Paragons, was killed in an antimatter wave by the Anti-Monitor on December 10, 2019,[9] only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.[10]

New multiverse

Batwoman's coming out

In January 2020, Vesper believed that, following the death of Oliver, the world needed a reason to smile. She then reported on Batwoman and Officer Slam Bradley being seen together after the former saved a train, believing that the two had some sort of romantic connection. Later, Vesper commented on Batwoman's decision to come out as a lesbian and what political ramifications it may bear as the story was published in CatCo Magazine.[11]

After the kidnapping of Bryan Akins and Steven Forbes, as well as Alice's escape from the Crows' custody, Vesper made a special broadcast, pointing out she wouldn't begin it by saying "good night" as usual due to her disappointment with the GCPD's decision in refusing to turn on the Bat-Signal, ostensibly due to Batwoman's coming out.[12] The following day, Vesper reported repeatedly on the manhunt for Alice.[13]

Rising rogues' gallery

Over the following weeks, Vesper talked to her listeners about Nocturna's killing spree,[14] the brutal face-slashing of influencer Kimberly Wright at the hands of the criminal she dubbed "Serial Slashionista",[15] and the Detonator's return after a seven-year hiatus to "prove there were no heroes in Gotham".[16]

Vesper welcomed Hush to Gotham City and gave him his nickname after he attacked Gotham University's library and only said one word: "Hush".[17] A few days later, following Arkham Asylum's massive prison break, Vesper reported about former Gotham Goliaths tight end Tim "The Titan" Teslow being on the loose.[18]

A new Batwoman

After the attack by infected bats during the protest by the missing Batwoman, Vesper talked to her listeners about that there might be a new Batwoman in the city.[19] Then, she also talked about the heroine's new look.[20]

Vesper used her broadcast to warn the citizens of Gotham about the new drug Snakebite, its ingredients, and its effects on people.[21] The next day , Vesper talked to her listeners about the arrival of the art thief known as Wolf Spider in Gotham, and the possible alliance between Jacob Kane and the new Batwoman.[22] Vesper said the rookie would have to outdo herself.[23] Vesper reported Kilovolt's attack on the Gotham community center and then compared Horten Spence to Lois Lane.[24]

Days later, Vesper reports that there are cannibals in Gotham and Batwoman encountered one in an abandoned church.[25]

Personality

"Talk to me, Gotham."
—Vesper Fairchild's catchphrase

Vesper is very lively and social, knowing everyone in Gotham City,[2] and expresses an eager, lively, and frank persona on her talk show. She appears to be somewhat snobbish, often making snarky insults about Batman and Batwoman, even sometimes forgetting their contributions to the city.[5] Vesper is also somewhat spiteful, hanging up on someone she perceived to be Oliver Queen when he didn't remember their fling.[2] However, Vesper makes it very clear that she is not one to deny credit when, where and to whom it is due.

Vesper is quite open-minded and supportive regarding the LGBT+ community, as demonstrated when Batwoman publicly came out as a lesbian.[11] She viciously critiqued the GCPD when they seemingly wanted to distance themselves from Batwoman as a result.[12]

Abilities

  • Keen-level intellect/Great business acumen/Leader: Vesper is an intelligent woman, as she was able to build her own talk show from the ground-up.[1] As it's host, she oversees the business' daily activities and ensured its success as one of the most important and popular sources of information in Gotham City. Vesper often shares some wisdom with her audience by giving them advice and offering opinions on important matters.[11][12] She is a natural leader, able to inspire the citizens of Gotham to take a stand.[4][12]
  • Network: According to Oliver Queen; Vesper knows everyone in Gotham City.[2]

Appearances

Arrow

Season 7

Batwoman

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3


Trivia

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Vesper Fairchild was a radio talk show host who became romantically involved with Bruce Wayne, without knowing of his double identity as Batman.

References

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