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Garfield Lynns was a film special effects expert who ended up living in poverty. When his attempt to rob a theatre by faking a fire was foiled by Batman and Robin, Garfield found himself being pursued by the Caped Crusader in his attempt to escape.
Seeing a firefly glowing in the distance, Batman mistook it for Lynns' lit cigarette and chased after it, giving Lynns the chance to escape. Inspired by this turn of events, Lynns took on the name Firefly and began his career in crime, utilizing various special effects and optical illusions to pull of his heists.
As a child, Garfield Lynns and his sister Amanda grew up at St. Evangelina Home for Orphans, after being taken from their abusive parents. Unlike his sister, who proved to be relatively normal, Garfield gained the reputation as a problem child and troublemaker, resulting in him never being chosen for adoption.
In his adulthood, Lynns became a pyrotechnics expert working on motion pictures at Gotham City, until he became a victim of poverty and turned to crime.
Lynns originally took up arson as a hobby during his robberies, but his troubled childhood caused him to begin seeing visions in the fires he caused. Garfield decided to embrace his pyromania, constructing a flamethrower, jetpack and fire-resistant jumpsuit before attempting his first robbery as Firefly.
Firefly's history was altered for the New 52. In this continuity, the original Firefly is a pyromaniac named Ted Carson who wore a robotic suit to achieve flight and spread fires. At some point Ted was seemingly killed, allowing someone else to take up the mantle of Firefly.
Nightwing found reasoned to believe that this new Firefly had to be former pyrotechnician Garfield Lynns, who may have been motivated by revenge after being fired from his job by his ex-girlfriend and film actress Cindy Cooke. However, he soon discovers that Ted Carson had faked his death and Garfield was a victim of his crimes.
Firefly's history was further altered as a result of DC Rebirth. In the revised timeline, Garfield Lynns served as Firefly during a past gang war between the Joker and Riddler.
However, Ted Carson still eventually took up the mantle himself. Much later, it is revealed that Ted was grooming a protégé named Bridget Pike, who also goes by the name Lady Firefly.
In the Fear State tie- in event Firefly along with Killer Croc, Knockout and Cheshire bring by Clayface potential allies seeking a second chance bring them together to defend the Allytown
In other media
Batman: The Animated Series
This version of Garfield Lynns was a pyrotechnition obsessed with pop star Cassidy, whom he briefly dated. After intentionally rigging a pyrotechnics display to run wild during one of her concerts, he went into hiding to develop a special fireproof flight suit.
Calling himself Firefly, he stalked Cassidy, burning down a music club she helped finance and ultimately kidnapping her. His ultimate plan was to flood the Gotham sewers with highly flammable gel and disappear with her during the ensuing firestorm. Though Batman captured him and saved Cassidy, the ordeal left her with extreme pyrophobia.
Along with seven other assassins, Lynns was offered a $50,000,000 reward if he were to kill the Batman on a Christmas Eve night by Gotham's most feared mobster, Black Mask.
He planted a quadruplet of bombs around a Gotham bridge in order to lure the Bat out of the shadows. It was successful, forcing Batman to visit the bridge, but the bombs were quickly disabled and Firefly himself was defeated, having his scarred, burnt face revealed via a visor cracking family of punches that knocked the pyromaniac unconscious and ready to be arrested by the GCPD.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
The Firefly does not appear in the game Batman: Arkham Asylum. One of the Riddler's riddles revolves around him. He has an entry in the Character Bios. His profile states: A pyromaniac, Garfield Lynns began as a petty criminal but soon graduated to major crimes centering around arson, torching huge parts of Gotham in the process.
But his fires soon raged out of control, leaving him horribly scarred by one of his own blazes. His body is almost fully covered with burns, and he now wears a full-body flame-retardant suit when he is out pursuing his criminal interests between bouts of incarceration in Blackgate.
Batman Arkham Knight
Years later, Lynns returned to Gotham and join Scarecrow's militia of villains. His job was to incinerate fire stations in Gotham. As Batman encounters him at the first fire station, Firefly is seen flying outside of the building, telling Batman he defeated once a long time ago before flying away on his jetpack.
Batman pursues Firefly in his Batmobile. As soon as he got close enough to him, he ejects and beats Firefly on the ground. Firefly managed to escape on his jetpack after that. After Firefly burns down a third fire station, Batman pursues him one more time and manages to put him behind at Gotham City Police Station.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Firefly is a supporting antagonist and the only unplayable villain in the story version of the Lego video game Lego Batman 3. Firefly teams up with Killer Croc, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, and Joker, whom approaches them in the sewers with a map leading to the Hall of Justice.
After Cheetah complains about something in the sewer that stinks, Solomon Grundy tells her he does not stink. Firefly tells Grundy that Cheetah was talking about the sewers.
Later, at the Hall of Justice, Lex Luthor, disguised as Hawkman, reveals a secret passageway leading to the sewers from underneath a statue where Firefly and the rest of the villains appear from. However, before the villains could move on, Solomon Grundy becomes stuck in the manhole.
Firefly is then seen pulling Grundy out of the manhole along with the other villains. As the villains stood face to face with a portal leading to the Justice League's watchtower, Firefly asked Grundy if he has ever been to outer space. Grundy tells him of course, but then asks him what outer space is.
Once they arrive at the Justice League watchtower, Firefly and the villains encounter Martian Manhunter. Joker introduces Martian Manhunter to Firefly as he tells Martian Manhunter that he loves a good fire, only for Martian Manhunter to point that fire is his one weakness.
Firefly shoots his fire pistols among Martian Manhunter, weakening him. As the Justice League came, Lex Luthor orders Firefly to heat them up as he and the other villains escape while Firefly and Cheetah stays behind to deal with Flash and Wonder Woman. Flash takes out Firefly's flames, reviving Martian Manhunter who knocks out Firefly.
Firefly later helps the Justice League fight off Brainiac who plans to shrink their world. He and Killer Croc stayed behind on the watchtower with Martian Manhunter while the Justice League and the other villains go to Brainiac's ship.
As the heroes come up with a way to make their world big again, Firefly and the villains (excluding Grundy) go with Superman to the Hall of Justice. There, Superman imprisons them inside a wall of ice. After the heroes restored Earth to its proper size, Firefly and the villains easily escape their prison as it grew to enormous size.
Firefly then helps Lex Luthor becomes president as he is seen with him in the oval office. However, he is then arrested after the Justice League appear at the White House as he is seen being escorted by Arkham Security, along with Cheetah, Killer Croc, and Grundy.
Batman the Brave and the Bold
Firefly appeared in the teaser of the episode Emperor Joker. This version of Firefly references the first version of him, having powers that are based off on colors of his utility belt and a suit that looks like a bug. As Firefly robs the gold depository, he comes face to face with Robin and Batman in a red costume. Firefly shoots a beam at Batman, but Batman's red costume deflects it.
Firefly, on the other hand, uses all of his colorful rays on his belt to create a colorful monster known as the Rainbow Creature that shoots colorful rays out of his mouth, each color with its own power. Batman changes the color on his costume into a rainbow pattern that is immune to the Rainbow Creature's beams. As Firefly was about to reach something in his pocket, Batman punches him in the face, telling him what is in his pocket stays there.
Garfield Lynns makes an appearance in episode 10 of Arrow "Burned." He was shown as a firefighter who was believed to be dead after a huge fire several years ago, but survived but with severe burns covering his body.
He crashes a gala (thrown by Oliver for the fire department as a trap for Lynns) and attempts to kill the Fire Chief for not sending backup to save him on the night of the fire. He is confronted by the hood and commits suicide by walking into fire and burning himself alive.
A female version of Firefly named Bridgit Pike debuted in the fifth episode of the second season of Gotham "Scarification" and continues to appear in a recurring role in the following two seasons.
This version of Firefly was later carried over into the main DC continuity.
She is portrayed by both Michelle Veintimilla and by Camilla Perez.
Firefly appeared in the Season 11 comic book of Smallville. When Parallax released his yellow rings, they headed to Arkham Asylum granting the inmates abilities of the Yellow Lanterns. Batman and Nightwing were doing their best to contain the newly powered inmates of Arkham, including Firefly, who have already been transformed into Yellow Lanterns.
Batman fights with Firefly, when suddenly he gets a call from Tess Mercer and Chloe Sullivan in Watchtower, who ask him to secure a single yellow ring for them. Batman fights with Firefly and during the battle he tricks Firefly into colliding to a building. There Batman finds the chance and takes the yellow ring, which tempts him to become his new bearer, from Firefly.
After their rings get rebooted, Firefly lost his powers.
DC Extended Universe
Main article: Firefly (DC Extended Universe)
Firefly will appear as the main antagonist of the 2022 DC Extended Universe film Batgirl.