Gotham Firefly

Gotham Launching Season 2 Firefly Arc (and There's a Cool Casting Twist)

Gotham is about to experience a major heat wave.

The DC Comics supervillain known as Firefly will touch down in Season 2 of Fox’s Batman drama — but, in a canon-tweaking twist, the traditionally testosterone-tinged Big Bad will be female.

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that relative newcomer Michelle Veintimilla (Lifetime’s Those Who Kill) will play the infamous firestarter — and her human alter ego Bridgit Pike — in two late fall episodes.

Here’s the official character description: Enslaved by her brothers, a notorious gang of arsonists, Bridgit Pike is forced into the family business. When she catches the eye of Selina Kyle, the young Cat Woman and the soon-to-be-Firefly team up to put Bridgit’s firestarting skills to good use. But after a deadly encounter with the Pike Brothers, the meek Cinderella is transformed into a vengeful supervillain, hell bent on destroying those who have wronged her.

Veintimilla, known to Broadway audiences as the younger version of Chita Rivera’s character in The Visit, will appear in this season’s fifth and sixth episodes.

Gotham returns Monday, Sept. 21, at 8/7c

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  1. I read * that in the Green Lantern Corps movie, Gñort will be played by a female cat. Racebending/Genderbending casting is getting out of hand (*not so much read as made up).

    • Drew says:

      This is a bit different than something like Wally West though, since this is an entirely new character using the Firefly name before the other versions come along.

    • Wordsmith says:

      Why do you insist that everything needs to be the same as it was in the comics? It’s not like they’re gospel or law or something.
      The books themselves have gone through so many iterations over the years that “canon” carries little weight at this point.
      I say, use familiar elements if you want, but first and foremost, make sure you’re telling an interesting new story.

      • The belief that changing the race or gender of a character will magically result in a better story has already been disproven.

        • Isobel says:

          Maybe not but trying something different with characters that aren’t popular anymore or never have been can help put a new spin on them

        • Wordsmith says:

          I agree that there is no magical solution for making a story better. Anyone who believes otherwise is tragically naive.
          However, there is also no proven rule that changing characters automatically makes them worse. Insisting that it does seems myopic. If comic writers followed that line of thinking, the art form would have died out decades ago.

          • No one said it makes them worse. The belief has been that it makes them automatically better. MANY people thought that about Fantastic Four and you saw what happened. Changing Johnny didn’t magically make the movie better (and no, no one is saying that changing him is the reason why it wasn’t good, at least in the eyes of whose who didn’t like it).

            What many comic book writers have done is introduce new characters of different ethnicities, and only in very few cases do they change the ethnicities of established characters.

    • J says:

      That could work…then we can have a Romeo and Juliet story between Red Lantern Dex-Starr and Green Lantern G’nort!

    • shutuprob says:

      That’s not going to happen when the Red Lanterns’ homicidal cat, Dex-Starr, already exists.

  2. BenM says:

    Oh darn – I wish it would have been Summer Glau…

  3. ComicBookGuy says:

    Firefly appeared in a first season episode of Arrow. I wonder if Gotham made Firefly a female to distinguish themselves from Arrow.

    • ComeOn says:

      Different time line… Gotham is alternate 90s with Gothic touch. That’s 20 years difference. So if they are set in the same universe that won’t really work.

  4. Gothamyte96 says:

    best part of this is Selina’s involvement!! more Catgirl we get the better

  5. Joey Padron says:

    interesting twist. looking forward to see Firefly on the show!

  6. ZacheryD says:

    FOX this was not the Firefly I was looking for!

  7. shutuprob says:

    Before the episode films, Firefly’s real first name should be changed to Serenity.

  8. ShowStopper says:

    Don’t they have like a billion universes and worlds in the comics? Like in Earth-One, Two, Three etc?? Wouldn’t this just be another universe where Firefly is a girl? Superman is evil in earth 3 or something like that, so a gender change isn’t really a big deal, is it?