BD Wong, who just had a magnificent turn as a chameleon character White Rose on USA’s Mr. Robot, is poised to take on a much more overtly villainous role on Fox’s Gotham. The series continues to add more and more familiar DC characters to its TV universe, and according to USA Today, Wong is set to play a recurring role as Hugo Strange, the man selected to run Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum.
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He’s hired to help the city’s criminally insane, but Strange has a nefarious streak as well: The professor is also conducting experiments on inmates and testing extraordinary abilities in order to create superhuman folks for Indian Hill. The underground Wayne Enterprises black-ops program was introduced in this week’s episode of Gotham as the secretive place where a badly burned Firefly (Michelle Veintimilla) was taken after being captured by the GCPD.
Strange is one of DC’s oldest villains, first debuting back in 1940, which is before Catwoman or the Joker. He’s also the first Batman villain to uncover Bruce Wayne’s secret identity. Strange has since appeared in a number of TV adaptations, including Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited. And, he’s been a staple character in the video game series Batman: Arkham. (A note to anyone getting a little confused, this has nothing to do with Marvel’s Doctor Strange … two totally different dudes).
In addition to his work on Mr. Robot, Wong also recently appeared as Dr. Henry Wu in Jurassic World, and played forensic psychiatric Dr. George Huang for 11 seasons (!) on Law & Order: SVU. Let’s just hope that Gotham will give Wong a role in Strange worth his talents.
Gotham airs Monday nights on Fox.