Winter will descend upon Gotham City when "Gotham" Season 2 returns to Fox in February. However, it won't just be cold weather people will be facing when villain Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow) arrives to turn the city into a frozen tundra. The origins of Mr. Freeze will be told and it's going to be one of the more tragic stories on the Batman prequel series.
In an interview with TV Guide, showrunner Bruno Heller said the show is going to get to the roots of Mr. Freeze and adapt the character based on the original story. When Freeze's story plays out, Heller said it could bring tears to viewers' eyes.
"It's about him and his wife before he became a bad guy, how he became a bad guy. It's very much a story of the heart rather than a story about technology and super-villainy. It's a doomed romance. It will make people cry," Heller dished.
Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze made his debut on "Gotham" in the final moments of the fall finale. A man was shown running away from Freeze, but the villain caught up to the man and froze him with his freeze gun. His story is expected to play out in the first few episodes of the second half of Season 2.
The argument can be made that Fries, who became one of the most popular Batman villains since first appearing in Batman #121 in 1959 as Mr. Zero, had good intentions before he became Mr. Freeze. Fries is a scientist that was trying to cure his terminally ill wife, Nora Fries. While working on a treatment, an industrial accident happened that changed Fries' body. From that point on, Fries had to wear a cryogenic suit to keep his body at subzero temperatures. Fries then became Mr. Freeze and turned toward crime so he could continue funding work on getting a treatment for his wife.
When the show returns, it will be interesting to see if Freeze connects with fellow new villain Dr. Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong). Arkham Asylum will start to play a larger part in the show, which is what Strange will be in charge of. The facility is the one where Freeze is usually imprisoned because it can treat his condition while also keeping him behind bars.
In an interview with USA Today, Darrow said when Freeze's background is revealed on "Gotham," fans are going to see the character in a way that hasn't been show before. However, he'll still have many similarities to the other villains already present on the show like Penguin and the Riddler.
"What becomes interesting is this 'villainy' is really something that is revealed out of a person in some particular circumstances with a particular history and what they care about combined with their own level of fear about being alive and being in the rather difficult world of Gotham," Darrow said.
"Gotham" Season 2 returns Feb. 29 on Fox at 8 p.m. EST.