Things are about to get a little stranger on Fox's pre-Batman drama "Gotham." Villains have been rising up all season on the show and soon Professor Hugo Strange will debut to create even more headaches for Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and the GCPD.
USA Today reports "Jurassic World" star BD Wong will play Hugo Strange on the show this season. The Tony-winning actor will step in and play a villain that's even older than Joker or Catwoman. Strange is the head of Arkham Asylum, while also "conducting experiments on inmates and testing extraordinary abilities in order to create superhuman folks for Indian Hill." Strange is a very smart professor and psychiatrist, but also clearly has a dark side.
In July 2014, showrunner Bruno Heller told IGN the show planned on bringing Strange on as part of the Arkham Asylum storyline. He said Arkham would have a major role in creating the criminals that take the city by storm.
"The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to -- you don't have to kill people off, you can just put them in cold storage -- but if you're telling the story from the start you kind of have to explain, 'What the f--- Why don't you make that place a place people don't escape from?' We're going to explain why it is the way it is and Hugo Strange is a big part of that," Heller dished.
Although the character wasn't introduced in Season 1, he will be involved this season in another facility in addition to Arkham. The show introduced a weird lab facility at the end of episode 6 called Indian Hill, which is a part of Wayne Enterprises. Firefly (Michelle Veintimilla) was brought there after her fireproof suit was burned onto her, making her skin fireproof. The men who rolled her in said it's a place with "monsters" where people are apparently experimented on.
Strange is one of the oldest Batman villains after he first appeared in the 1940's Detective Comics #36. Recently he's been featured in the video game series "Batman: Arkham" and was seen in the in many animated series.
The casting of Hugo Strange wasn't the only big "Gotham" announcement this week. Deadline reports Nathan Darrow has signed on to be Victor Fries a.k.a. Mr. Freeze. Fries is a very smart doctor, but he has a problem connecting with people in the world other than his wife Nora. When Nora gets terminally sick, he'll try to figure out a way to freeze her before she dies, but it leads him down the road of becoming a villain.
Episode 7 will reveal even more origins of Batman villains like Penguin and the Riddler this Monday. You can watch the promo video below:
"Gotham” Season 2, episode 7, "Mommy's Little Monster," will air on Fox Monday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. EST.