We may have an idea for the villain in the upcoming Batgirl movie. According to The Illuminerdi, the superhero blockbuster is looking to cast an actor who is “in his 50s-60s to play the Villain who is described as a disgruntled former firefighter.” If this description is accurate for what the filmmakers are searching for, then we can expect Firefly to be the antagonist.
If Firefly is the villain in the Batgirl movie, that would be a big deal for a big-screen appearance. Comic book readers or gamers who played Batman: Arkham Knight would know the character, who first made his debut in Detective Comics #184 in 1952. For CW viewers, the firefighter turned arsonist appeared in one episode of Arrow and was played by Andrew Dunbar (Dragged Across Concrete).
The report also goes into the age range being looked for other actors in the Batgirl movie. To play Barbara Gordon, who dons the bat symbol, the studio is supposedly looking for an actress in her early 20s. Meanwhile, an actor in his 50s is being sought after to play her father, Commissioner James Gordon. We don’t know who will play the leading role of the young superhero, but plenty of wishes from fans have been put out into the wild, from Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit) to Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things).
While this is not confirmed, there are more concrete details about the Batgirl movie that we do know. The Hollywood Reporter had the exclusive back in May about the Bad Boys for Life directors, Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, who will helm the superhero flick. The duo has some experience in the genre of masked crimefighters with the upcoming Marvel series, Ms. Marvel, which is supposed to release on Disney Plus later this year.
The Batgirl movie will not only have two directors who have experience in adapting superheroes to the big or small screen. Christina Hodson will pen the script, who wrote last year’s Birds of Prey. When it comes to action, she also wrote Bumblebee in 2018.
The process of filmmaking can lead to a project stuck in a place known infamously as development hell. One can argue that the Batgirl movie is in that place. While it is moving forward with an official writer and directors, it has had its issues before. Joss Whedon (Avengers, Justice League) was set to write and direct the standalone film for the heroine. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he could not figure out how to execute bringing the character to life, leading to him exiting and being replaced this year by Fallah and Arbi.
No release date is projected for the Batgirl movie. It is currently at its early stages with the small number of details we have for it. While Warner Bros. is putting its full slate of films out on HBO Max this year, next year, it will discontinue duel releases for streaming and theaters. Still, we could see the movie hit the streaming service, depending on what the studio wants to do.