Everyone loves a complex villain, and this is what viewers will get with comic-book supervillains Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow) and Dr. Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong). Heck, expect to get your heartstrings pulled at when Gotham tackles Mr. Freeze, first seen in the last seconds of the midseason finale.
In a new interview with TV Guide, showrunner Bruno Heller revealed how close to the DC Comics character’s origin story the show will stick. So much so that Mr. Freeze will have viewers reach for a box of tissues in the face of his doomed romance with his beloved wife.
“We're taking it back to the roots of the origin story. 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.”
As for brilliant psychiatrist and Gotham City’s Head of Arkham Asylum, Dr. Hugo Strange, Heller says they’re taking a similar “good-guy-turned-bad” approach on the show. Something most viewers no doubt relish seeing. So don't expect a mustache-twirling villain.
“He's very much not a 'mwa-ha-ha' villain. He is a man filled with the joys of science. He doesn't think of himself in any way as a bad person. He is the essence of scientific progress and the joy of hope for the future that science promises. He shows us how even that sensibility can be warped into something evil if wrongly used.”
We're told not to expect Mr. Freeze and Hugo Strange to edge out Oswald Cobblepot’s (Robin Lord Taylor) villainous reign on Gotham, however. Even though he’s being challenged left and right; first by former Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) underling and his own right-hand man, Butch Gilzean (Drew Powell), then by Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas). Penguin won’t take it laying down.
“He is very much challenged. Gilzean begins to feel that he deserves a crack at the throne, and Tabitha is still around to cause trouble. But Penguin's life veers off in a totally unexpected direction that we're very excited about. Dr. Hugo Strange has a profound effect on Penguin. He makes a new man of him in many ways.”
Very intriguing. I'm really curious to see how Dr. Hugo Strange will impact Oswald when Gotham returns on Feb. 29 on Fox.
(via TV Guide)