We have a couple of casting bits for two of DC’s television shows. First off, Gotham has finally cast its future Mr. Freeze. According to TV Line, House of Cards alum Nathan Darrow is set to play Victor Fries, who will one day become one of Batman’s most iconic villains. Fries will be a recurring role; his first episode airs on November 30th, while episodes 12 and 13 will tell a “heavy” story for him.
Additionally, Fox has provided an official description for Fries. “Though ferociously smart and eminently capable in his work as one of Gotham’s preeminent cryogenics engineers, Victor struggles to make meaningful connections with others. The one exception is his wife, Nora (casting TBA), who has tragically fallen ill with a terminal disease. Victor’s love for Nora knows no bounds, so as her condition worsens, he goes to extreme measures to figure out a way to freeze her before she dies. This harrowing journey leads to his transformation into the legendary DC villain, Mr. Freeze.”
Gotham will mark the third live action adaptation of Mr. Freeze. Three different actors played him in the 1966 Batman series, while Arnold Schwarzenegger infamously played him in 1997’s feature film Batman & Robin. Fingers crossed that Gotham‘s version won’t be as reliant on ice puns.
Meanwhile, this week saw the highly successful premiere of CBS’ new series, Supergirl. To accompany the launch, it has been announced that Superman villain Toyman has been cast. No, the Winslow Schott we met in the pilot isn’t Toyman; in fact, he’s Winslow Schott, Jr., while Toyman is Schott Sr.
According to ComicBook.com, Mission: Impossible actor Henry Czerny has been cast as Toyman. He is currently booked to guest star in one episode, and it is unknown which episode he will appear in. Supergirl‘s version of Toyman is described as “a classic D.C. supervillain, a mad criminal genius known as Toyman – and Winn’s estranged father. Toyman weaponizes toys to wreak destruction and revenge but is ultimately driven by one thing – the obsessive desire to reunite with his beloved son.”
Supergirl is the latest television show to bring Toyman to live action, joining Smallville and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.