EXCLUSIVE: BD Wong Cast as Professor Hugo Strange on Gotham

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Now that Gotham has introduced the Indian Hill facility, a hidden lab that experiments on the "monsters" of Gotham City, they need someone to run it. We've known for awhile that Professor Hugo Strange was coming to the show, and now we can exclusively tell you that actor BD Wong has been cast in the role.

Officially in the series, Hugo Strange will be hired to run Gotham's Arkham Asylum. The psychiatrist "appears altruistic," Fox tells ComicBook.com, "but he harbors a dark secret" that eventually makes him "Gotham's greatest threat." He'll start innocently enough, seemingly working to rehabilitate the villains of Gotham City, before being revealed as the man behind Indian Hill.

As for Indian Hill, while the show's reveal of the facility, teasing a couple of people being experimented on there while adding Firefly to the roster, was quite obtruse, Fox did give us a little more detail on the facility itself.

Indian Hill is officially a black-ops program run by Wayne Enterprises "dedicated to creating the ultimate super human... of super villain," they say.

Wong was most recently seen on the big screen in Jurassic World and Focus in 2015, and the small screen in Mr. Robot. He's probably best known, however, as Father Ray in HBO's Oz and for his 13-year run as Dr. George Huang, the resident profiler and psychiatrist on Law and Order: SVU - a role that should help him a bit in dealing with the worst Gotham has to offer. He has a storied career on stage and screens big and small alike, bringing his decades of experience to the show.

The character of Hugo Strange actually precedes even the Joker, first appearing in 1940's Detective Comics #36. He has appeared in several animated series, and had a major role in the Batman: Arkham video game series.

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  1. BD Wong is a great actor but I'm glad I ditched this show.

    • libra113
    • 398 Posts in 18 Months

    It's an out of the box choice to be sure but I've always liked B.D. Wong and he spent years playing a psychiatrist on "Law & Order: S.V.U." so he should know what he's doing.

    • Terrycase
    • 8 Posts in 14 Months

    Why are you glad you ditched the show? It is an awesome show has been since day one

  2. so awesome!!

  3. I thought it started out awesome with great potential but I got sick of them shoehorning in every Batman villain they can think of.  With the exception of Penguin who I thought was the best part of the show.  I think everything with Bruce was pretty good, Gordon and Bulloch are pretty good, but everything with Fish Mooney and Barbara was/is pretty godawful.  And then just sloppy villian-of-the-week writing to cram in various Batman villains is exactly where I was hoping the show wouldn't go.  I realize they're trying to course-correct this season but it seems like they went further in a direction I wasn't as interested in.  I can't take you as seriously if you think the show has been great from day 1, even the people who work on the show don't believe that and have said so publically.

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