Female FIREFLY Debuts On GOTHAM

Promotional art from 'Gotham' season 2
Promotional art from 'Gotham' season 2
Credit: Fox
Still from 'Gotham' season 2
Still from 'Gotham' season 2
Credit: Fox

The "rise of the villains" continues on Fox's Gotham with the introduction of yet another twist on a classic Batman foe. This time, Gordon and the GCPD will go up against a female version of super-arsonist Bridgit Pike, A.K.A. Firefly.

Unlike the comic book Firefly, a male pyrotechnics expert with a secret pyromaniac streak, Gotham's Firefly is a young woman who is forced into the family business of arson. After teaming up with the young Selina Kyle, a run-in with her far more psychotic brothers sends Bridgit Pike down the path of outright supervillainy.

“We decided to make Firefly a woman because we wanted to describe how even a warm, loving and compassionate person can turn to the dark side when life pushes him or her that way,” explained Gotham creator and executive producer Bruno Heller. “She's not driven by testosterone-fueled aggression, but by a burning sense of injustice. Michelle Veintimilla brings warmth and vulnerability to the role that conceals a steely core of strength and courage.”

Another version of Firefly, closer to his comic book counterpart, appeared in Arrow season 3.

Bridgit Pike will make her debut on the on tonight's episode Gotham, played by Fathers and Daughters actress Michelle Veintimilla.

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