Brendan Fraser to Play Villain in ‘Batgirl’ Movie

Brendan Fraser has been cast in DC’s upcoming “Batgirl” movie. He will play the villainous Firefly, a sociopath with a passion for pyrotechnics, opposite star Leslie Grace.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the filmmaking duo behind “Bad Boys for Life,” will direct “Batgirl” for Warner Bros. Christina Hodson (“Bumblebee,” “The Flash”) is writing the screenplay. “Batgirl” does not have a release date, though its expected to premiere on HBO Max, the streaming service backed by WarnerMedia. It would mark one of the first major DC Comics properties to skip theaters in favor of streaming.

“Batgirl,” centering on the commissioner’s daughter Barbara Gordon, marks one of the few comic book adaptations to spotlight a female superhero. Specific plot details for the film have been expectedly kept under wraps.

“Batgirl” isn’t Fraser’s first foray into the DC universe (he currently voices a character on the superhero TV show “Doom Patrol”), though it continues a career resurgence for the “George of the Jungle” and “The Mummy” star. He recently landed the lead role in Darren Aronofsky’s next film “The Whale,” an adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s play about 600-pound middle-aged recluse, and he will be seen in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

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