Firefly (DC Comics)
|First appearance||Detective Comics #184 (June 1952)|
|Created by||France Herron (writer)|
Dick Sprang (artist)
|Alter ego||Garfield Lynns|
|Team affiliations||Secret Society of Super Villains|
Firefly (Garfield Lynns) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by France Herron and Dick Sprang, he made his debut in Detective Comics #184 (June 1952). Initially portrayed as a criminal who utilized lighting effects to commit robberies, Firefly was later re-imagined as a sociopathic pyromaniac with an obsessive compulsion to start fires following Crisis on Infinite Earths' reboot of the DC Universe in the 1980s. This darker depiction of the character has since endured as one of the superhero Batman's most recurring enemies and belongs to the collective of adversaries that make up his central rogues gallery.
Firefly has been featured in various forms of media, including several shows set within the DC animated universe, The Batman cartoon series, The CW's live-action television series Arrow, and the Batman: Arkham video game franchise. Firefly also appeared as original character Bridgit Pike in the television series Gotham, played by Michelle Veintimilla and Camila Perez.
Fictional character biography
Garfield Lynns was a down-and-out film special effects expert whose plan to rob a theater by faking a fire was foiled by Batman and Robin. As Lynns fled the scene, Batman mistook a distant firefly for Lynns' lit cigarette and gave chase in the wrong direction. Lynns saw this as a sign of fate and became the Firefly, a costumed criminal who utilized various lighting effects and optical illusions during heists.
After being taken away from their abusive parents, Garfield Lynns and his sister, Amanda, grew up at the St. Evangelina Home for Orphans. Unlike his relatively normal sister, Garfield was a problematic child whom nobody wanted to adopt. As an adult, Lynns became a pyrotechnics and special effects expert in the film industry, but eventually fell victim to Gotham City's severe poverty issues and turned to a life of crime as a result. While he initially only committed arson during his robberies as a hobby, Lynns' compulsion to start fires soon turned into a pyromaniacal obsession as a result of his abusive and troubled childhood; he believed that he could see visions in the flames he created.
Lynns then becomes a professional arsonist known as the "Firefly", and allies himself with fellow supervillain Killer Moth in an attempt to kill Batman and Robin. Their alliance falls apart, however, when Killer Moth realizes the full extent of Firefly's madness and feared for his own well-being. The two villains are then taken into custody. During the Batman: Knightfall storyline, Firefly escapes from Arkham Asylum and attempts to burn all of the places that he lacked the privilege to go to as a child. After successfully destroying a pier and a theater, Firefly is stopped by Batman as he tries to scorch the Gotham Zoo. In his next attempt to burn Gotham to the ground, Firefly is horribly scarred when an uncontrollable fire that he starts at a chemical factory causes it to explode; over 90 percent of his body is burned, so he designs a fireproof battle suit to protect himself from his own flames from this point on.
During the No Man's Land story arc, Firefly is one of the inmates at Blackgate Penitentiary when it is taken over by Lock-Up. When Nightwing is captured after trying to retake the prison from Lock-Up, Firefly attempts to kill him and wear his skin over his burned body.
Firefly makes a short appearance in the Justice League of America story arc "Crisis of Conscience" fighting Catwoman in Gotham City over a diamond before Batman arrives. Although an epic battle between the Secret Society and the Justice League ensues, Firefly is knocked unconscious and remains that way during the entire battle. He makes another short appearance in the 2005 miniseries Villains United when the Secret Six attempts to escape the Society's grasp.
Firefly is among the numerous heroes and villains apparently murdered by the OMACs in the pages of DC's The OMAC Project, although he later appears alive in Villains United: Infinite Crisis Special and Gotham Underground.
Firefly appears with Mr. Freeze facing Batman (though Firefly is wearing the same uniform as the Firefly design of The Batman). He and Mr. Freeze are again shown as having worked together a month after the events of the Crisis, Batman working with the currently-redeemed Harvey Dent to take them down before he takes his year of absence while leaving Dent to guard Gotham.
Following the Final Crisis, Firefly was with Cheetah's Secret Society of Super Villains at the time when Genocide was created. He was defeated by Wonder Woman alongside Shrapnel, Phobia, and T. O. Morrow.
Firefly is recruited by a new Black Mask to be a part of a group of villains that are aiming to take over Gotham, but he follows his own agenda. Inspired by the chemicals that Black Mask used on him, Firefly inserts chips into Gothamites in order to make them burn. Not long after the identity of the new Black Mask was revealed to be Jeremiah Arkham, Firefly was arrested and put into Arkham Asylum. A short time later, Firefly is broken out of Arkham Asylum by Dick Grayson, who has assumed the mantle of Batman, to assist him in gaining access to Sebastian Blackspell's closest friends. Batman (Dick) desires to know what Blackspell's true intentions are in regards to killing the Riddler.
Powers and abilities
Following Crisis on Infinite Earths' reboot of the DC Universe, Firefly's depiction was drastically altered from that of a mere criminal who utilized colored lights and optical illusions to that of a violent sociopath with intense pyromania. Even prior to becoming Firefly, Garfield Lynns was already an expert in pyrotechnics and explosives with a thorough knowledge of flammable agents. After he is horribly scarred by a blaze at a chemical factory, Lynns mechanically engineered an insulated, fireproof battle suit to protect himself. This specialized outfit is equipped with an extensive arsenal of fire-creating weapons, including a military-grade flamethrower, various incendiary devices (such as grenades, napalm, and smoke bombs), and a sword-like blade of superheated plasma for close-ranged hand-to-hand combat. A high-tech, winged jet pack is also mounted on the back of the armor to allow for high-speed flight.
Other characters named Firefly
A man named Ted Carson becomes the second character to adopt the identity of the "Firefly". Created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff, he first appeared in Batman #126. Carson was an ostentatiously wealthy gold mine heir who gambled his family fortune away and subsequently turned to a life of crime as the second Firefly. Carson then goes on a robbery spree before being apprehended by Batman and Batwoman.
In The New 52 reboot, Carson is a former high school teacher who tries to incinerate everything that will separate him from his ex-girlfriend Cindy Cooke, though he is ultimately defeated by Nightwing and Batgirl.
In the DC Rebirth relaunch, Ted Carson and Killer Moth attempt to kill Batman to collect Two-Face's multi-million dollar bounty. Carson is later seen as one of the many villains that Bane pummels in his quest to reach Batman at Arkham Asylum. During the gang war between the Joker and the Riddler, Carson is shown siding with the Riddler's faction.
Ted Carson's protégé Bridgit Pike (a character introduced in the TV series Gotham) adopts the identity of "Lady Firefly". She first appeared in Detective Comics #988 (September 2018), and was created by James Robinson and Stephen Segovia. She and Carson are hired by Kobra to kill Batman while he investigates a murder.
Smallville Season Eleven
Firefly appears in the Smallville Season Eleven comic. A yellow ring of Parallax finds its way to Lynns and attaches itself to him, transforming him into a powerful Yellow Lantern. However, Firefly's ring is ultimately confiscated by Batman and he is returned to Arkham Asylum.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Batman v Superman
Firefly is introduced to the DC Extended Universe via the tie-in prequel comic to the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. When Lynns attempts to bomb a warehouse full of valuables, the vigilante Batman appears and subdues him before leaving him to be apprehended by the police. Lex Luthor ominously watches all this unfold through security footage.
In other media
- Garfield Lynns appears in Arrow episode "Burned", portrayed by Andrew Dunbar. This version is a former member of the Starling City firefighting unit "The Fireflies" who was thought to have been killed during a massive building fire. Having survived the blaze despite being left disfigured however, Lynns became a vengeful recluse. After his wife leaves him and takes their children, Lynns dons a firefighter uniform and begins killing his old crewmates for leaving him behind. This attracts the attention of the Hood, who eventually defeats him. Following this, Lynns commits suicide.
- A female version of Firefly named Bridgit Pike appears in Gotham, portrayed by Michelle Veintimilla in season two and the second half of season four and by Camila Perez in season three and the first half of season four. Bridgit is the quasi "stepsister" of arsonists Joe, Cale, and Evan Pike, who abused her and had her work around their apartment in the Narrows. After Evan was killed by James Gordon and Nathaniel Barnes, Bridgit is forced to help Joe and Cale burn down Wayne Enterprises buildings at the behest of Oswald Cobblepot and secretly Theo Galavan. She goes to her old friend Selina Kyle for help and the two rob a brothel so that Bridgit can leave Gotham City. When Joe and Cale kidnap her and threaten her, Bridgit burns them to death with a flamethrower. During a confrontation with Gordon, a gas leak results in Bridgit accidentally setting herself on fire. After she is brought to Arkham Asylum's Indian Hill facility, where Professor Hugo Strange heals her and gives her a new fireproof suit, Bridgit becomes Firefly. When Kyle breaks into Arkham, she discovers Bridgit developed amnesia and believes she is the "goddess of fire". Kyle convinces Bridgit to let the former become the latter's servant so they can escape, only to be stopped by Mr. Freeze. Following their fight, she escapes before the facility explodes. As of season three, she regained her memories and began working working at a metal refinery before Cobblepot and Ivy Pepper convince her and Freeze to join them in retaking Cobblepot's criminal empire from the Riddler. Additionally, Bridgit and Cobblepot later thwart the Court of Owls' attempt to destroy the First Bank of Gotham. In season four, Bridgit and Freeze continue to work for Cobblepot. When he sends her to watch over the Sirens while on a mission however, Bridgit is knocked out by Lee Thompkins. She later joins Jerome Valeska's "Legion of Horribles" to assist in their plan to disperse the Scarecrow's fear toxin throughout Gotham. While helping the Legion take Gotham's mayor and his staff hostage however, Bridgit is defeated by Bruce Wayne. When Jeremiah Valeska destroys Gotham's bridges and declares the city a "no man's land" in the season four finale, Bridgit and her gang claim the Bowery district. Following her appearance in the series, Bridgit was added to the comics.
- The Garfield Lynns incarnation of Firefly appears in series set in the DC Animated Universe, voiced by Mark Rolston. This version is a former pyrotechnics engineer who was fired by his singer ex-girlfriend Cassidy for botching a pyrotechnics display during one of her concerts.
- He is introduced in The New Batman Adventures. In the episode "Torch Song", Lynns becomes Firefly to kill Cassidy, but is foiled by Batman. In the episode "Legends of the Dark Knight", Firefly is hired to burn down a building so its owner can collect the insurance money. However, three kids Batman stumbled onto his plot before they are saved by Batman. The producers had wanted to utilize Firefly in the preceding series, Batman: The Animated Series, but Fox forbade them from using pyromaniac characters.
- Firefly returns in Justice League episode "Only a Dream". Due to prison overcrowding issues at Stonegate Penitentiary, Firefly was transferred to Stryker's Island in Metropolis. However, a prison riot allowed him and several supervillains to escape, after which Firefly joined up with Volcana, whom he shared a casual interest in due to their similar fire-based abilities. The pair caught the attention of the Justice League members Batman and Green Lantern, who confronted the pair and subdued them before returning them to Stryker's.
- The Garfield Lynns incarnation of Firefly appears in The Batman, voiced by Jason Marsden. In this incarnation, his suit bears a more hornet-like design, complete with a jetpack that buzzes during flight, and instead of a flamethrower, he wields laser guns built into the suit's knuckles. He debuts in the episode "The Big Heat", where he is hired by GothCorp to sabotage its rivals. In the episode "Fire and Ice", Firefly joins forces with Mr. Freeze to attack the GCPD Christmas Gala. In the episode "Team Penguin", Firefly joins Penguin's new supervillain group alongside Killer Croc, Rag Doll, and Killer Moth. In the episode "White Heat", Firefly and Dr. Jane "Blaze" Blazedale steal a phosphorus isotope to upgrade his battle suit, but an accident causes the isotope to mutate Lynns into the pyrokinetic metahuman Phosphorus.
- The Garfield Lynns incarnation of Firefly appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Robin Atkin Downes. This iteration is based on the Pre-Crisis version Lynns. In the episode "A Bat Divided!", he appears in a supervillain bar until Firestorm and three Batman arrive. In the episode "Emperor Joker," Firefly creates a rainbow monster to attack Batman and Robin, but is defeated by the former via a special color changing bat-suit. Firefly also makes a cameo appearance in the series finale "Mitefall!".
- Firefly appears in the web series DC Super Hero Girls, voiced by Khary Payton.
- Firefly is mentioned in the DC Universe adult animated series Harley Quinn episode "Trapped". His flamethrower was retrieved by Doctor Trap, who keeps it hidden in his museum alongside other valuable items until Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy break into the museum and steal it so the former melt her way into Mr. Freeze's lair.
Firefly appears in the DC Animated Movie Universe film Batman: Bad Blood (2016), voiced by Steve Blum. This version is one of Talia al Ghul's assassins and his appearance is based on his design in the video game Batman: Arkham Origins.
- Firefly appears as an unlockable character in the Nintendo DS version of Lego Batman: The Video Game.
- Firefly appears in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, voiced again by Robin Atkin Downes. This version is a member of the Legion of Doom and his appearance is based on his design in The Batman animated series.
- Firefly appears as a playable character in Lego DC Super-Villains, voiced again by Crispin Freeman.
Garfield Lynns / Firefly appears in the Batman: Arkham video game series, voiced by Crispin Freeman. This version is depicted as an unhinged and obsessive pyromaniac with burns on 90 percent of his body.
- Firefly first appears in the prequel Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) as one of eight assassins hired by the Joker disguised as Black Mask to kill Batman. Following a meeting with the Joker, Firefly plants explosives on the Gotham Pioneers' Bridge and takes several hostages to draw Batman out, but the vigilante defuses the bombs with GCPD Captain James Gordon's help and defeats Firefly before leaving him for the police.
- Firefly returns in Batman: Arkham Knight (2015). The side mission "The Line of Duty" reveals that prior to the game's events, Gotham City Fire Department Chief Raymond Underhill gave Firefly a list of abandoned buildings to burn down in hopes of preventing his firefighters from being laid off. However, the arsonist betrays Underhill and kidnaps him and his crew during Scarecrow's takeover of Gotham City. Upon discovering what happened, Batman saves the captured firemen from Firefly's thugs and uncovers Underhill's corruption. In the side mission "Gotham on Fire", Firefly attempts to burn down Gotham's firehouses, but Batman to pursues, defeats, and imprisons him at the GCPD lockup.
DC Collectibles released a 7-inch action figure of Firefly in Series 2 of their Batman: Arkham Origins line based on his design in the 2013 video game. This statue was sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios.
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