‘Batgirl’: Sylvester Stallone Was Approached For Villain Role Before Brendan Fraser

The recent news of Brendan Fraser’s casting in Batgirl may or may not be completely accurate. While nothing is quite confirmed, a report from THR’s Borys Kit says Sylvester Stallone, who just played King Shark in The Suicide Squad, was first approached for the villain role before it was offered to Fraser. And when it was offered to Sly, the role was for Carmine Falcone, not the pyromaniac Firefly.

So what’s the whole story? Well, Fraser is on board the HBO Max film led by Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, with JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. It does look as if he’s playing Firefly, so maybe somewhere earlier in development, the plan was for Falcone to be the main villain.

One reason to turn away from using Falcone is overuse. The mob boss will be seen in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, played by John Turturro. He was also a key figure in Christopher Nolan’s Bat-trilogy, as well as the Fox series Gotham played by John Doman.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.