FOX’s Gotham has been on a cold snap of teasing its latest early Batman arrival, but another, equally sinister villain will make an ominous debut in the DC drama’s February 29 return. Meet Jurassic World star B.D. Wong’s take on Hugo Strange, in a new photo of the major Bat-Baddie’s debut!
Early Gotham showings of a young Mr. Freeze brought understandably icy reception; certainly an upgrade for the FOX drama’s costume quotient, if perhaps not-all-there yet. Well, get ready for the full-blown Freeze, as new set photos reveal the chilling sound of Gotham’s doom, cold suit and all!
Whatever your feelings on FOX’s Gotham, we’re at least curious to see how the Bat-prequel handles two of the Dark Knight’s most iconic rogues, Mr. Freeze and Hugo Strange. We met the former briefly last year, and now his reign of icy terror continues in our first 2016 promo for Season 2’s return.
Gotham fans were certainly taken aback at series baddie Jada Pinkett Smith’s casual confirmation that Fish Mooney would be one-and-done after Season 1, though a return appearance always seemed in the cards. Fresh Fish is indeed on the menu, as Jada is confirmed to reprise her role for multiple Season 2 episodes.
Following months of rumors, 20th Century Fox surprised X-Men fans twice-over with the announcement of both FX’s Legion, and FOX’s Hellfire adaptation of the famously sinister club. We’ve seen Legion making progress, but Hellfire may have cooled, now that executive producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto have jumped ship to FOX’s 24: Legacy, among others.
There’s no grappling away from the fact FOX Bat-prequel Gotham isn’t every DC fan’s cup of tea, though we can at least credit them with a unique spin on Batman’s history. That spin … may have become a tailspin with Monday’s fall 2015 finale “Worse Than a Crime,” as Ben McKenzie’s Gordon seemingly broke the comic character’s morality for good, but we’ll let the showrunner and McKenzie himself explain.
Well, that didn’t take long. FOX’s Gotham will wrap up its 2015 run with tonight’s “Worse Than a Crime,” setting the stage for some serious Bat-baddies to make their debut next year, but why wait? Our first look at Mr. Freeze has already arrived, cold gun and all, because Gotham has zero chill.
For a superhero project with one of the most charismatic performers currently working locked in to star, Gambit has had a hell of a time getting off the ground. The X-Men spinoff film was originally slated to get Rupert Wyatt in the director's chair, but after butting heads with the studio over the creative direction of the film, Wyatt unceremoniously parted ways with producer/star Channing Tatum and the film. In the wake of Wyatt’s departure, Fox has been scrambling to find a worthy replacement, reportedly sitting down for heated chats with Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish, Straight Outta Compton’s F. Gary Gray, and Iron Man 3’s Shane Black.
The other day, FOX’s Gotham significantly upped its Batman quotient with the announcement of its Mr. Freeze, today doubling down with the addition of a younger Hugo Strange. Law & Order and Jurassic franchise vet B.D. Wong will suit up as the nefarious Strange, and that’s great! It’s also terrible, but great!
FOX’s Gotham has a spotty track record when it comes to introducing major Bat-villains early (well, a spotty track record for everything, really), and the latest is downright cold-hearted. Batman won’t be sending Mr. Freeze to the cooler just yet, but young Bruce may at least cross paths with Victor Fries, as portrayed by House of Cards alum Nathan Darrow.