First of all, you need to get all of this straight. B.D. Wong is playing Doctor Hugo Strange on Gotham (a DC property), but Benedict Wong is playing Wong in the movie Doctor Strange (a Marvel property), while Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Doctor Strange himself in that movie. All straight?
Now for the rest: back in October, we reported that B.D. Wong (who recently had an excellent turn as White Rose on USA’s breakout Mr. Robot) had been cast in the role of Hugo Strange in Gotham’s second season. Finally, we’re getting our first look at Wong in character, via TV Insider.
For those unfamiliar, Hugo Strange runs Arkham Asylum, and enjoys experimenting on the inmates. In our story from last fall, the character is described as,
“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.”
Wong told TV Insider that, “What [he] is doing in there is indeed very, very bad. Imagine the worst thing someone might do. Then multiply that by 10.” Don’t forget that the Penguin, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) just became a new resident of Arkham, which means he is about to experience first hand the bad things that Strange can do. As Wong teases, “He is never the same from the moment he walks through the door.”
Gotham’s Season 2 tagline “rise of the villains” is being proved true in a literal way, as we also recently reported that Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney will be returning to the series for an upcoming arc of episodes. We also learned that Paul Reubens was recently cast as the Penguin’s father, with this first image giving us a look at Reubens in the role (he played the Penguin back in 1992’s Batman Returns. I’m kinda missing the monocle).
So what do you think of the image, and do you have high hopes for Strange and Gotham? Let us know in the comments.
Gotham returns Monday, February 29th on Fox