One of my favorite actors since the 90s who had been MIA from movies for a long time has made a big come back in the DOOM PATROL, and in other projects recently and now Brendan Fraser has been cast in a villain role for the DC/HBO Max Batgirl movie starring Leslie Grace and directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
It’s being confirmed that Brendan Fraser landed the role as the villain Firefly. Numerous outlets had reported Fraser as playing the villain but nothing was certain until now and it’s also being reported that he may be playing the gangster Carmine Falcone, another staple Batman villain character, who was previously played by John Doman in the Gotham series and Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins. The character will next appear in 2022’s The Batman, as played by actor John Turturro.
But as for the Batgirl movie role Fraser will crush it as he’s a very underrated actor who has tons of range, and is someone who still has a major fanbase that loves him, and this is fantastic to see him get work again in Hollywood. He’s been missed so to see his rise again to big roles is well fantastic. He has had a long and distinguished career in Hollywood, breaking out with the comedy smash Encino Man in 1992 and going on to star in a string of hits, including The Mummy, George of the Jungle, Gods & Monsters, and Bedazzled. Fraser dropped out of the limelight for a while, but has had again a major resurgence of late, starring as Cliff Steele on one of my favorite comics as a kid turned into a show Doom Patrol as I stated before. He’s also taking the lead in Darren Aronofsky’s latest, The Whale, and securing a role in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Batgirl stars Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, who dons the cape and cowl of the titular character in the HBO Max original live-action DCEU movie. JK Simmons, who played Gordon in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, will return to the role alongside Grace for Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. The script for Batgirl is written by Christina Hodson, who also penned Birds of Prey and next year’s The Flash. While “Birds of Prey” was utter garbage! I am looking forward to “The Flash” even while not liking the lead actor Ezra Miller in the role I do like that they got Michael Keaton to return as BATMAN aka Bruce Wayne and this reason alone is why I’m excited to see the movie.
Firefly is a criminal pyromaniac who uses fire and pyrotechnics to commit his crimes in Gotham City. He is often depicted as extremely violent and insane, carrying a blowtorch and wearing a winged fireproof suit. Fraser has worked steadily throughout his career and although he’s had highs and lows, the actor is experiencing a kind of Brendan Fraser renaissance in the last few years. Fraser’s popularity from his earlier works, especially The Mummy franchise, has given him a boost from fans that want to see more from the actor and prompted attention from the Hollywood A-list. Fraser has more than proven his talents and abilities, as a dramatic, comedic, and heroic lead, so seeing him in a proper DC villain role should be a fun challenge for the actor and a treat for his fans.
Batgirl is currently slated to debut on HBOMax sometime in 2022.