Fire, artist Lee Bermejo
|First appearance||Historical: Super Friends #25, (October
Current: Infinity, Inc. #32 (November 1986)
|Created by||E. Nelson Bridwell (writer)
Ramona Fradon (artist)
|Alter ego||Beatriz Bonilla DaCosta (nee Corvalho)|
|Notable aliases||Green Fury, Green Flame, Black King's Knight|
Ability to become a being composed of living green fire
Fire is a fictional character, a comic book superhero from the DC Comics universe. A version of her first appeared in Super Friends #25, (October 1979), and was created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon. Her first appearance in mainstream DC Universe canon was Infinity, Inc. #32 (November 1986).
Beatriz da Costa had originally been bequeathed with her powers due to Brazilian mysticism and was the president of the Brazilian branch of Wayne Enterprises. She possessed an array of abilities which included the power to exhale vast quantities of mystical green fire. She could also fly, alter her clothing at will, and displayed a limited capacity to project hallucinations. In her first appearance, she confronted and battled Superman, who was controlled by the "puppet master" Overlord, Sandor Fine. In her next appearance, Green Fury called The Super Friends to help defeat the villain Green Thumb (Fargo Keyes), and months later revealed her secret origin to them to thwart the demons from a green hell.
Green Fury became a member of the Global Guardians when Superman, recruited by Doctor Mist, asks for assistance in locating one of many ancient artifacts being pursued by a powerful group of evil mystics. They battle a wizard called 'El Dorado' in an ancient, overgrown city deep in the jungle. The two face off against 'spirit jaguars' and seemingly lose the artifact, a crown, to the wizard. Da Costa then assists Superman and other Guardians in battling the wizards El Dorado included, on Easter Island. The heroes catch a break when it's learned Superman had faked the artifacts with super-speed. This prevents the rise to power of the entity the wizards followed, Thaumar Dhai. Though not as powerful as planned, Dhai was still a threat. Green Fury's mystical based powers were essential in destroying him.
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, her history was altered so that she had followed an unusual career path. Renamed Beatriz Bonilla da Costa, she started as an amateur model on the beaches of Rio, then becoming a showgirl and stage performer before finding herself serving as a top secret agent for Brazilian government's Espiões Nacionais. In the course of one of her missions, Beatriz was trapped in a pyroplasmic explosion that endowed her with the unusual power of being able to exhale an eight-inch burst of fire. She assumed the identity of the Green Fury then soon changed it again to Green Flame. She joined the international superhero team the Global Guardians, of which she was a long-standing, loyal member. (Secret Origins #33)
She first met the American heroes Infinity, Inc. while on a mission to Canada. (Infinity, Inc. #32)
Shortly after changing her name to Green Flame, the Guardians' United Nations funding was withdrawn in the wake of the formation the Justice League International. Beatriz convinced her teammate and best friend Icemaiden into joining her to apply for Justice League International membership. Remarkably, in the wake of Black Canary's resignation and the abduction of several members, the short-handed JLI took them on. Eventually, she once again changed her heroic name, this time to Fire in affinity with Icemaiden's shortening of her name to simply Ice. As a result of the "gene bomb" detonated by the alien Dominators, Fire's powers were dramatically increased, but were less reliable for a time.
Fire always assumed a big sister role with Ice, watching out for her and her interactions with the "real" world. For example, Fire stepped in when Ice did not realize she was being stalked by a delusional fan. However, Fire herself makes mistakes, such as torching the cash she'd just saved while foiling a bank robbery.
Beatriz remained with the Justice League International for the remainder of its existence — in fact she served the longest tenure of any JLI member. During this time, she was also trained in the arts of battle by Big Barda.
In the battle against Doomsday, Bea was severely injured and lost her powers - she was punched so hard by Doomsday that "her fire went out". She remained with the team but by the time she returned in Justice League America #88, it was too late to help prevent her best friend's death, as Ice was killed by the Overmaster. As Beatriz tried to cope with this loss, she briefly had a romantic relationship with Ice's former lover, Guy Gardner, and a longer one with Nuklon. When the first Icemaiden, Sigrid Nansen, joined the League in place of Tora, Fire befriended her. However, their friendship was tainted by Bea's irrational grief-driven behavior, and Sigrid's romantic attraction to Bea.
When this League collapsed, Beatriz returned to Brazil, and tried to reestablish herself as the country's main protector. This met with varied success, which she blamed partly on the Martian Manhunter's prominence in the Southern hemisphere.
Fire eventually tried to retire from being a superhero and establish a career as an internet glamor girl when Maxwell Lord talks her and several other former JLI members into reforming as a group of "heroes for the common man" called the "Super Buddies". She found herself sharing an apartment with Mary Marvel and, in a characterization reminiscent of her relationship with Tora, became a reluctant "babysitter" for the naive teenager.
In one adventure with the Super Buddies, Fire and the others were given the opportunity to rescue Ice's spirit from Hell (or a similar dimension). Yet like in the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Fire could not resist looking behind her at Tora, which caused Ice's spirit to vanish. During the Super Buddies' time in Hell, Etrigan the Demon suggested that it was Fire who was fated to die instead of Ice.
Later, during her time in the group, she encounters an alternate universe version of Ice.
The Super Buddies did not realize that Maxwell Lord was also secretly the Black King of Checkmate. After the Buddies' dissolution, Bea became an agent of Checkmate as well. It has not been revealed whether Lord recruited her. Regardless, she helps Booster Gold and Guy Gardner find the connection between Lord and the death of the Blue Beetle. She joins her former JLI teammates against a group of OMACs. She is badly wounded, but is saved by the sacrifice of Dimitri Pushkin, the Rocket Red.
During the "Infinite Crisis," created by Alexander Luthor, Beatriz returns to her espionage roots by joining Amanda Waller, who took over Checkmate after Lord's death. One of Fire's first missions was to retrieve the A.I., Brother Eye, which had crashed down in Southern Saudi Arabia. This plan was thwarted by Sasha Bordeaux, also formerly of Checkmate.
Nearly one year later, after the Crisis, Checkmate was reformed under the supervision of the United Nations and Beatriz became the Black King's Knight. Though she no longer reported to Waller (who was made White Queen), Waller blackmailed Bea with evidence against her father and forced Bea to perform covert assassinations. Waller had previously implied that Beatriz actually enjoyed the violence and depravity that was a part of her job.). It was revealed that as a girl Bea had been trained to kill by her father.
Despite her past as a dutiful soldier and daughter, Bea expressed remorse over taking part in a Checkmate mission that resulted in the deaths of as many as 50 Kobra agents, many of whom were immolated by Fire herself. Waller once again blackmailed Fire into covering up a coup in Santa Prisca. There, Fire killed Colonel Computron for Waller in order to protect her father, who, in the mid 1970s, under a right wing military dictatorship, had ordered thousands of innocent deaths in Operation Condor, a South American anti-communist program that involved assassinations, torture and forced disappearances. He was never caught and Beatriz had always kept his secret.
When the murder of Computron was exposed by fellow Knight Tommy Jagger, Fire was jailed. After a visit from her superior, the Black King, Col. Taleb Beni Khalid-Isr, Beatriz agreed to turn over her father to international authorities for war crimes. Khalid had convinced her to act as the superhero that he'd chosen for his Knight.
In Checkmate #16, after years of anguish and grief over the loss of her friend and ally Ice, Fire is at last reunited with her after the long-deceased hero is miraculously resurrected in the pages of Birds of Prey.
Their renewed relationship, never shown on panel, is referenced again when Ice, accepting a date on Oa with her lover Guy Gardner, refuses his proposal to cohabitate on Oa claiming how she decided to get her life together, on Earth, with some help from Beatriz herself. Gardner claims that Fire is manipulating Tora.
Fire and Ice both made several appearances in the Justice League Unlimited animated series, although only Fire had any dialogue. Fire's costume in "normal" mode was a vaguely armored tank top and pants, while she sported light-green hair and a distinct Latina appearance. In "Fire" mode, however, her facial features change drastically along with the rest of her appearance: green luminous hair and skin, with flame-like entities covering her private parts (according to producer Bruce Timm, her first appearance while powered up in JLU had to be reshot several times to satisfy the censors). Fire seemed to be a distinct novice within the League, given her nervousness about contradicting senior members. Although both she and her friend Ice were used primarily in group shots, Fire had several action sequences; her first battle was during "The Return", where she temporarily got the better of the android Amazo until he 'learned' her powers and casually swatted her away. She was rescued by the Red Tornado.
In "I Am Legion", Fire and Flash engaged in a relationship of mutual flirting (although Flash was unusually shy about her). Although she was uncredited for the role, the distinctive voice made it clear that actress Maria Canals (Hawkgirl) provided Fire's voice for all her appearances.
In the episode "Grudge Match", Fire appeared as a member of a female-only fight club. Black Canary and Fire, both under mind control, were pitted against one another in one of Roulette's organized cage matches. Black Canary won the fight and Fire was seriously injured. She was seen again at the end of the episode being helped out of the building by other League members after Roulette was defeated. Fire has one speaking line in the episode.
In the final episode, Fire appeared in a swimming pool in Rio -- with Ice poolside -- and they are both teleported away to aid in the battle against Darkseid's invasion of Earth. They are shown in the final "run-off" sequence with Justice League contemporaries Elongated Man, Red Tornado, Zatanna, and The Atom.
Fire appears briefly in the second episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold helping Plastic Man and Batman fight Gentleman Ghost. Her appearance much reflects the original "Green Fury" character design; she wears a mask, and though her pyrokinesis is directed through her hands rather than from her mouth, she is not shown to transform into a flaming green entity. She is voiced by Grey DeLisle.
An evil, alternate version of Fire appears in "Deep Cover for Batman!" This version appears with an orange and black costume and blond hair, and is shown to fire flames from her mouth.
Fire is set to appear in the upcoming video game DC Universe Online.