Justice League International redesigns, part 5 of 8.
Having asked you all pick your favourite reserve Justice League members from a selective list, Fire landed in third place. Out of 70 votes, she received 12.
Like most of the re-imaginings I've done, I wanted to streamline Fire's character. In the comics, she's been a supermodel as well as a webcam star. Though she's most remembered for her feisty attitude, she's sometimes been written as a flighty young woman who speaks like a valley girl. As such, she ends up becoming a bit of a joke. However, I wanted to emphasize the part of her backstory that I felt was the most interesting -- the fact that she was a spy for the Brazilian secret service. In this re-imagining, Beatriz Bonilla da Costa is a gorgeous woman who is recruited at a very early age into the secret service and is trained to be a seductress whose feminine ways hide her deadly skills. Think: Alias slash La Femme Nikita. On one particular mission, Beatriz is caught in an explosion that activates her metahuman ability to create and wield fire. It alters her hair colour and completely re-writes her biological make-up. No longer able to simply just be a regular spy, Beatriz is called upon by her government to take part in a superhuman task force assembled by the US government in association with the United Nations. After spending several weeks of training with the team, Beatriz quickly forges a friendship with the Nordic princess Tora Olafsdotter. This friendship influences the pair to take the matching codenames Fire and Ice. Beatriz's fiery personality and outgoing nature evens out Tora's more demure traits. Unfortunately, not all of Beatriz's teammates are smitten with her fierceness. Kimiyo Hoshi AKA Doctor Light largely takes an antagonistic approach to dealing with Beatriz as she feels Bea lacks the class and sophistication the team requires. This often leads to disagreements between the two.
In recent years, Fire has been depicted in a series of yawn-worthy catsuits in the comics while her adaptive appearances feature her in more retro-looking clothing. I wanted to give her a look that had a lot of personality but that was still very much modern and functional. What I came up with was a two-piece ensemble made of some kind of experimental fabric that can withstand the temperatures Fire reaches while using her powers. I added in as many details as I could to spruce it up and paired the look with a cropped jacket to reference her most iconic look from the comics. I made her hair wilder and have featured her with a darker complexion (that may not be obvious but should be once all the JLI-ers are assembled in an ensemble piece). Overall, I'm very happy with how Fire came out. She may be one of my favourite drawings I've done in this series of DC Comics redesigns I've been doing.
Remember, all the DC Comics redesigns I've done can be found in my gallery. Also, the information here is largely a creative and speculative re-imagining of the character and the DC Universe. As such, it's all non-canon.