More Strange (And Cool) Casting For Gotham

A couple of days ago we learned that Nathan Darrow had been cast as Mr Freeze in Gotham. Now comes news that the show has not only cast Mrs Freeze too, but also Hugo Strange, the head honcho at Indian Hill, which is set to become a major part of season two of the Batman-based series.

Nora_friesKristen Hager has landed the role of Nora Fries, the tragic wife of cryogenicist Victor Fries, who will become Mr Freeze. She’s already played another Nora in telefantasy, having been part of the main cast in the US version of Being Human.

Nora as a character was not actually created for the comics. Instead she made her debut in 1992 in an acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series episode called “Heart Of Ice”. Previous to that Mr Freeze had simply been a run-of-the-mill villain-with-a-gimmick, but “Heart Of Ice” humanised him and gave him a tragic back story, explaining that his villainy resulted from ever more desperate attempts to save the life of his terminally ill wife, Nora. The episode was so influential, Nora and Freeze’s back story was quickly absorbed into the DC comics universe and made canon. It even formed a major part of the film Batman & Robin (1997).

According to an official character description for Gotham’s take on Nora on Zap2It: “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.”

NEW YORK UNITE SPECIALEMeanwhile, BD Wong – one of the US’s great “Oh, look, it’s thingy from whatsit” actors (he’s been in everything from Jurassic ParkJurassic World, Mr Robot, AwakeLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit, The X-Files, Nurse Jackie…) and he’s great in all of them – will be playing Gotham’s Hugo Strange.

MILD SPOILER WARNING FOR UK PACE VIEWERS: Officially in the series, the apparently altruistic psychiatrist Hugo Strange will be hired to run Arkham Asylum, but he harbours a dark secret. It’s a dark secret that eventually makes him Gotham’s greatest threat. It’s a threat that involves Indian Hill, a black-ops program run by Wayne Enterprises “dedicated to creating the ultimate super human… or super villain.”


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