Michelle Veintimilla’s female Firefly makes her Gotham debut tonight in the first part of a two-night event.
In the new episodes, fans will meet Bridgit Pike (Veintimilla), the first ever female Firefly (say that 5 times fast). Pike is a quiet girl who is enslaved by her brothers, a notorious gang of arsonists, and forced into the family business.
When she catches the eye of Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), the young Catwoman and the soon-to-be-Firefly team up to put Bridgit’s fire-starting skills to good use, until a deadly encounter with Pike’s brothers will transform Bridgit into a vengeful super-villain, determined to destroy those who have wronged her.
“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 Gotham 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.”
Fans may recognize Veintimilla from her roles in Blue Bloods, The Good Wife and Limitless. Her next project, Fathers and Daughters, stars Russell Crowe, Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul.
Gotham‘s two night event begins tonight (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and continues next Monday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
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