So far, the second season of Fox’s “Gotham” has focused on the “rise of the villains.” Judging by a new poster, it looks like the show’s angle will shift to the “wrath of the villains” — and there are two new villains that might make the closing half of the sophomore season more wrathful. TV Guide spoke with “Gotham” executive producer Bruno Heller about the two new bad guys, Mr. Freeze and Hugo Strange.
Heller said that the show will depict Mr. Freeze’s (Nathan Darrow) origin story and that he will play a big role in the next few episodes. “We’re taking it back to the roots of the origin story,” said executive producer Bruno Heller. “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.”
Dr. Huge Strange (B.D. Wong) will be handled slightly differently. “He’s very much not a ‘mwa-ha-ha’ villain,” said Heller. “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.”
These newcomers will have an effect on “Gotham’s” long-running villains, particularly Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin. Both Butch Gilzean and Tabitha Galavan will try to overthrow Taylor’s Cobblepot. And Heller adds that Penguin’s life will veer “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.”
“Gotham” returns to Fox on Monday, February 29 at 8 PM ET.