Filming is currently underway on DC's Batgirl movie, which will bring the origin story of Barbara Gordon / Batgirl (Leslie Grace) into live-action. One of the cast members tied to the HBO Max-exclusive project is Brendan Fraser, with the beloved actor lined up to play DC Comics villain Firefly. Outside of a heartwarming behind-the-scenes video of the cast and crew celebrating his birthday on set, we had yet to get a look at Fraser in costume on the film — until a series of newly-released photos. The photos, which surfaced online on Thursday, show Fraser in a plain-clothes costume alongside Batgirl's crew during their shoot in Glasgow.
Initially created by Frances Herron and Dick Sprang in 1952's Detective Comics #184, Firefly is also known as Garfield Lynns, and is a pyromaniac supervillain and a recurring villain of the Bat family. Both Firefly and Killer Moth play major roles in the Batgirl: Year One comic miniseries, which redefined Barbara Gordon's origin in the early 2000s. Firefly previously appeared in live-action on the first season of Arrow, where he was portrayed by Andrew Dunbar. A female incarnation of the character, Bridgit Pike, also appeared on Fox's Gotham.
Batgirl is directed by Bad Boys for Life's Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, with a script written by Christina Hodson, whose work includes Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and the upcoming The Flash movie. The film is expected to see JK Simmons reprising his role as Commissioner James Gordon, Michael Keaton reprising his role as Bruce Wayne / Batman, and Jacob Scipio, Rebecca Front, Corey Johnson, and Ethan Kai cast in currently-unknown roles.
"I've never fought in my life, so we are working really hard every day to get my body used to all the motions!" Grace said in a recent interview with Billboard of her preparation for the film. "I'm also reading a ton of comics and, believe it or not, keeping my eye out for tweets from our beloved DC comic fans to see what they are excited to see in my iteration of Babs! Research is everything."
"I'm so excited to honor this iconic character whose legacy spans over 50 years," Grace continued. "It's a huge responsibility but also an honor -- and I want to do my very best to make sure she gets the best of all I have to give!"
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Batgirl is set to be released at a later date exclusively on HBO Max.