Wayne Enterprises cryogenics engineer Victor Fries (Nathan Darrow) debuts on tonight’s mid-season finale of Fox’s “Gotham“. Better known as Mr. Freeze, Victor will also return for another episode in February, so his icy villainy won’t be defrosted by Gordon quickly. Fox has released two stills (via USA Today) of Darrow in the role, one showcasing his full chilling look and the other his trademark freeze gun.
Darrow on Mr. Freeze…
“Victor has one central intimate human connection, and that’s with his wife,” Darrow tells USA Today, referring to the terminally ill Nora (played by Kristen Hager). “There’s something really, really interesting and vulnerable and difficult about that. Of course, that is threatened by her illness. In some of the research I did on the character as he has evolved in the comic book, he has a more tenuous connection with humanity and his own humanity, and she’s it. He is applying all his talents and skills and energies to maintaining that.”
Thus far this series has mostly concerned itself with either young versions of future baddies (Catwoman, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, etc.) or lesser-known adversaries (Firefly, Dollmaker, Flamingo, Victor Zsasz, etc.). Sure, we have The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and now The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) in full force on the series, but it’s mostly avoided such characters on the whole. Mr. Freeze adds a new big baddie to the roster and hopefully Darrow is allowed to have as much fun with his role as Taylor and Smith have had with theirs.
Also, as a bonus, here’s a wonderful compilation of all of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ridiculous puns as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin.
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