“Gotham” kicks off another iconic Batman villain’s origin story in “Rise of the Villains: Scarification” when Firefly (Michelle Veintimilla) gets her first taste of arson.
In this new/old Gotham world Firefly — originally Garfield Lynns in the comic books — is a young girl by the name of Bridget Pike. She’s forced into burning down Wayne Enterprise properties by her half-brothers who are keeping her hostage and making her do their bidding. She’s the only one small enough to fit into the air ducts to light the places on fire, and as the job comes from Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), they don’t want to mess it up.
“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,” explains show 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.”
That warmth and vulnerability will shortly turn cold and bitter though, as her brothers left her to be caught by police after Gordon (Ben McKenzie) figured out their next target. Bridget is able to escape, but only after she douses Luke Garrett (Lenny Platt) and kills him. Now she’s a cop killer and every police officer in Gotham will be looking for her.
For now she has Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) as her ally to teach her how to survive on the streets — but the those streets will only become more gruesome as Galavan (James Frain) gets closer to his end game.
Penguin’s investigation leads him to find out that Galavan is really the descendant of the Dumas family, which was wiped out of Gotham’s city history by the Waynes more than 200 years before. It seems the mayoral candidate is back in town to settle the score by killing the Wayne’s sole remaining heir. By the looks of the priest he recruits to help with that final step, this could be “Gotham’s” nod to the Order of St. Dumas from the comic series.
Both Bridget and Galavan’s stories continue on Monday Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.