Gotham: Rise of the Villains Adds New Cast Members

Thus far Gotham has ramped up quite a bit in its second season subtitled Rise of the Villains. It’s certainly bringing more and more bad guys to the table by injecting Theo Galavan (James Frain) and his crew into the city of Gotham, which has bolstered Robin Lord Taylor’s great portrayal of Oswald “The Penguin” Cobblepot. That, in conjunction with Cory Michael Smith’s portrayal of Edward Nygma and his continued descent into madness have really pushed the show forward.

Now it seems Fox is getting ready to add a few more baddies to the mix as they as the current season is now slated to bring us Victor and Nora Fries, played by Nathan Darrow (House of Cards) and Kristen Hager (Being Human) respectively. For any of you that don’t know, Victor Fries is the cryogenics expert in the Batman universe that eventually becomes one of the most notorious villains to hit Gotham, Mr. Freeze. Nora Fries is Victor’s wife and historically has been the catalyst to him becoming Mr. Freeze. Additionally, a new character named The Knife, played by Tommy Flanagan, has also been announced. With a name like that there’s a good chance he’ll be yet another headache for Jim Gordon and the GCPD.

Contrary to what Arnold Schwarzenegger’s portrayal of Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin would lead you to believe, the character is actually very cold and calculated in his actions. Darrow should bring some credibility to the role as he certainly has some acting chops evidenced by his work on House of Cards.

It’s difficult to say how Hager’s role will play out as it seems like they’ll be deviating somewhat from her story in Batman: The Animated Series, where we were first introduced to her character. In the cartoon she is terminally ill which leads Victor to put her into a cryogenic freeze as he tries to find a cure. Fox gave a little insight into Nora Fries in a description to zap2it, the first to break the story:

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.

As for the new character The Knife, played by Sons of Anarchy vet Tommy Flanagan definitely has the potential to be menacing. You can imagine what kind performance Flanagan could deliver as a villain that presumably likes knives if you’ve seen his work on SoA, or in Sin City. So far, other than the news that Flanagan was cast in the role, Fox is keeping a tight lid on any details about the character.

Flanagan

In addition to the new casting announcements, executive producer Bruno Heller hinted at some story elements fans can look forward to seeing sometime down the road. Namely, the Court of Owls. The Court of Owls is a secret society that has been steering the events that take place in the city of Gotham for decades. It’s a more recent addition to the Batman world. In a conversation with ComicBook.com, Heller said about the Court of Owls that it is “deep, deep, deep Gotham mythology. The comic book fans know about it, but I would suspect the larger audience is not so familiar.”

As the Court of Owls is largely composed of members of some of Gotham’s oldest families. We have already been introduced to potential members as it was revealed earlier in the season that the Galavans have a long sordid history in Gotham. Heller did explain that it’s not an imminent introduction to the series by any means, it seems as if it’s more likely to be a part of a larger story arc that will unfold slowly over time. Heller did confirm though that the Court of Owls is definitely in the works saying,

“The Court of Owls is a brilliant conceit that will absolutely be part of our storytelling. I just won’t tell you when.”

Court Of Owls

Stay tuned to Gotham which airs on Fox Monday nights at 8PM EST.

So what do you think Gotham fans? Are you excited about the casting announcements? What about news of the Court of Owls being in the plans for the show? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

For more Gotham/Batman news be sure to check out our breakdown of episode 3 from this season of Gotham, not to mention the release of a vinyl collection of the soundtrack to Batman: The Animated Series. For other super hero fun take a look at part one of the 20 Best Superhero Cartoons!


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