20 October 2007

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Firefly

Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand... Oh wait, wrong Firefly.

Firefly was introduced in Detective Comics in 1952. He has appeared in The New Batman Adventures animated series, Justice League, and The Batman, but not yet in live action, which is too bad because he could make for a great "grounded" villain.

Garfield Lynns was originally a pyrotechnic expert for motion pictures, but became a victim of Gotham City's severe poverty and turned to crime, displaying signs of pyromania. Lynns was captured by Batman and Robin after his first robbery. Lynns took up arson as a hobby, but it soon turned to an obsession; he believes he can see visions in the flames. Inspired by actual fireflies, he built a suit and became a professional arsonist. Early in his criminal career Firefly became the protégé of Killer Moth, looking to duplicate the success of crime-fighting duo Batman and Robin. The alliance fell apart when Killer Moth realized the full extent of Firefly's madness and feared for his well-being.

In a recent attempt to burn Gotham to the ground, Firefly was horribly burned when a chemical factory he set erupted in an explosion. Ninety-percent of his body was burned, and he began his recovery in Blackgate Prison.

In The Batman, Firefly is a corporate vandal. His weapons and paraphernalia include a heat ray, a battle suit, and a jetpack. Firefly eventually gained a partner and lover, Blaze, and they both stole a Phosphorus isotope to upgrade his battle suit. Unfortunately, an accident caused the isotope to mutate Firefly into Phosphorus, a fire emitting monster, and was also driven insane.

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