FOX’s Gotham has been working hard to carve its own identity within the franchise. The series has had a strong take on their versions of the Batman rogues gallery, so strong in fact that it may end up bringing lasting changes to villains like The Penguin, who has become one of the series’ biggest selling points.
The first half of the second season was touted as the “Rise of the Villains”, and it hasn’t disappointed. The next villain to make his mark will be Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow) when Gotham season 2 resumes with “Wrath of the Villains”, but alongside him will be the emergence of a far more cunning and devious rogue: the legendary Dr. Hugo Strange.
The new video clip from the upcoming season 2 episode titled ‘Mr. Freeze’, shows interaction between the wicked Dr. Hugo Strange and fan-favorite Gotham villain The Penguin, with Strange being portrayed by B.D. Wong (Jurassic World, Mr. Robot). The early versions of the character portray Strange as more of an evil mad scientist in the vein of Lex Luthor. In the post-crisis continuity of the 1980s, DC Comics gave readers a Strange who was a twisted psychiatrist obsessed with the Dark Knight. His unethical and sometimes dangerous experiments had a way of going terribly wrong.
There are also several new images featuring Dr. Strange and the Penguin on Gotham, which you can check out below (hat tip CBM):
Gotham will no doubt put its own twist on Hugo Strange, but the character has an already rich and extensive history to pull from. The first appearance of the character came back in the Golden Age of comic books, way back in Detective Comics #36, February 1940. There are only a handful of main villains that come from that era to still kick around the Batman universe with much presence — e.g., well-known rogues like The Joker, Catwoman, Two-Face, The Penguin. Strange often gets overlooked as a tried and true Batman villain by those who aren’t into DC comic books, because of the distinct lack of mainstream attention. In fact, Strange is one of Batman’s oldest villains and is certainly the oldest recurring one.
Sadly, Strange has been absent from the Batman feature films over the years, but he’s made a slew of appearances in the cartoons, making appearances in Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited. He even carried on to more modern series like The Batman and Young Justice. Strange also became a major player in the Batman: Arkham video game universe. You can unlock his bio in Batman: Arkham Asylum and there is mention of him in Batman: Arkham Knight. The character even makes an actual appearance in Batman: Arkham City. Thanks to the exposure he has gotten in the video games the villain has seen a great deal more attention among Bat-fans.
This upcoming appearance on Gotham will be a landmark first live-action version of the character. If this video clip is any indicator of what is to come, hopefully the impact of B.D. Wong’s Hugo Strange could inspire Hollywood to include Strange in future mainstream Batman films.
Gotham episode ‘Mr. Freeze’ will premiere on FOX Monday, February 29 at 8pm.
Source: FOX [via CBM]