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Genre icon Brendan Fraser (The Mummy) is hopping from one DC property to another. The actor, who currently plays Cliff Steele/Robot Man on the hit Doom Patrol TV show, has been cast as a villain in HBO Max's upcoming Batgirl movie, according to Variety.
Per the trade report, the Bat-baddie in question is Garfield Lynns (aka Firefly), a character who has an unhealthy obsession with setting things on fire. Firefly appeared in a 2013 episode of The CW's Arrow, where he was played by Andrew Dunbar. However, it's unclear if Lynns will be the main antagonist in Batgirl or simply one of several rogues.
Fraser is the second actor to be added to the cast after Leslie Grace was confirmed to be playing Barbara Gordon/Batgirl over the summer. It's still early days, though, and specific plot details are hidden deep under the cape and cowl. Aside from the two bits of casting news, all we know is that Ms. Marvel directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will be our guides back into Gotham City.
"In this story, she's discovering Batgirl for the first time and so, she's getting to explore a duality she's always had in her personality," the movie's screenwriter, Christina Hodson (writer of Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey and Andy Muschietti's The Flash), recently said at DC FanDome. "But it's this whole new side of her personality. A slightly kind of more daring, slightly less law-abiding side of her personality that we get to have fun and play with ... Honestly, I just feel like the luckiest writer on Earth."
"She's a girly girl, but she also is so capable of being strong and being determined and kicking butt," added Grace. "She wants to prove herself, but she's also still so sweet. A lot of times we focus on the male superheroes, but it was really exciting to read for a female superhero that has that grit and is very sincere and almost eager to prove herself."
Doom Patrol, which is currently airing its third season on HBO Max, has been renewed for a fourth season.
"I had a big, thick anthology when I was eight of Superman, like an abridged version that I got,” Fraser told the DC website in 2019. “My mom gave it to me in London when we lived in Europe. My favorite was when Superman went to Bizarro World — that stuff twisted my head and got my attention in the best way possible. I realized that's the spirit of what we're doing with Doom Patrol. We can go anywhere and the rules are what we make of them. And believe me, it does!"
No release date has been set for the Batgirl movie on HBO Max, but we'll throw up the bat signal when we hear.