Gotham is the Batman prequel TV series on FOX that has walked a long, hard road to acceptance from die-hard fans of the franchise. As the show has developed since it initially aired in September 2014, many villains, allies, and miscellaneous supporting characters have made their way into the spotlight afforded by the hour-long show, with plenty more still to be cast and in talks to appear eventually, such as Azrael.
In terms of more definitive upcoming appearances from iconic characters, it was recently announced that House of Cards actor Nathan Darrow would soon be turning heads as Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze. The inclusion of such a well known arch-enemy of Bruce Wayne’s is certainly more than enough reason to get excited about the show going forward, but new word has it that the former character’s beloved and terminally ill wife, Nora Fries, has also been cast.
According to Zap2it, Kristen Hager (Being Human and Masters of Sex) has been cast as Mrs. Fries. In conversation about the newcomer to the show and the character of Nora Fries, the network related the following:
“Thanks to her smarts, sincerity, and a lighthearted sensibility, she’s the only person who’s managed to connect with the otherwise emotionally cold cryogenicist. As her condition worsens and her husband becomes more desperate to save her life, Nora must make the ultimate choice: play the willing participant in Victor’s mad plan or sacrifice herself to stop the monster inside of him.”
Given the recent casting decision of BD Wong as Dr. Hugo Strange, the Batman show’s second season is amping up to be chock-full of new characters from the well-known mythology of the comic books, with plenty of roles for many a would-be superhero performer. Although the previously teased future for the Joker is still being kept largely under wraps, the inclusion of characters like Mr. Freeze, Nora Fries, Dr. Hugo Strange, and Azrael should keep fans satiated for the time being.
With Zach Snyder’s forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still roughly six months in the future, the FOX television program is the closest thing fans of the World’s Greatest Detective have right now to a contemporary cinematic interpretation of Gotham City. Until Darrow, Wong, and Hager make their first screen appearances, viewers can bide their time knowing full well that the infamous characters they will portray will be coming to the titular city soon enough.
Gotham airs Mondays on FOX at 8pm.