- Jul 16, 2017
The HBO Max film stars Leslie Grace.
Brendan Fraser is headed to Gotham City. The actor will play the villain in Batgirl, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He is playing the pyro-themed Batman villain Firefly, according to sources.
Batgirl stars Leslie Grace as the superhero, with Bad Boys for Lifefilmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah directing from a script by Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson. The DC film is set to debut on HBO Max and centers on Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon. J.K. Simmons returns as Jim Gordon in the film after portraying him in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Batgirl is expected to bow on HBO Max sometime in 2022.
Fraser, who was a genre mainstay in the 1990s thanks to The Mummy films, already has jumped into the world of DC before as part of the cast of the TV series Doom Patrol. Deadline first reported the news of his casting. The actor is repped by The Gersh Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
— Borys Kit contributed reporting.
A couple of things:
1) If J.K. Simmons is returning as Jim Gordon why race swap Barbara Gordon/Batgirl? When I first heard about this movie I thought that it was connected to The Batman where Jim Gordon is played by Jeffrey Wright.
2) Firefly is lame, even if the film wants to use a lesser known villain someone like Clayface would be more interesting.