Batgirl officially welcomes its new villain — Firefly. On October 25, Director Bilall Fallah went to social media, reposting Jacob Scipio’s story that said, “Welcome to Gotham” as an official warm welcome to Brendan Fraser to the DCEU. There has been a huge resurgence in Fraser’s career as of recently.
After a long stint of being blacklisted in Hollywood (following his allegations of sexual assault against the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), he’s finally back. He’s best known for his roles in a variety of ’90s films such as The Mummy, Encino Man, Bedazzled, and George of the Jungle. With this new entry back into the limelight, he’s more recently landed roles in Darren Aronofsky’s latest, The Whale, and securing a role in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Fraser might be a new addition to the DC Extended Universe, but he’s not new to the world of DC Comics. Since 2019, Fraser has played Robotman (aka Clifford “Cliff” Steele) in the HBO Max DC series Doom Patrol. Some were curious about this casting choice considering he would then be a part of two DC storylines.
However, Doom Patrol is not officially part of the DCEU, despite having crossed universes on multiple occasions. Firefly, the pyromaniac villain, was initially pitched to action star veteran, Sylvester Stallone — which would have brought up similar sentiments considering he played King Shark in James Gunn’s Suicide Squad. Nonetheless, fans have been infectiously supportive of Fraser’s upward career trajectory and recent A-List castings.
Not much is known about the Batgirl film other than the director, writer, and a few of the actors involved in the project. Nightwing has allegedly been cast, but his identity still remains unknown. Batgirl will be portrayed by Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon (who will be be played by JK Simmons — reprising the role from Zack Snyder’s Justice League).
While DC and Warner Bros. originally planned to utilize Joss Whedon to write, direct, and produce the film, Batgirl will now be directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah and written by Christina Hodson, who also wrote the script for Birds of Prey and next year’s The Flash.
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