BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY
“Have you ever considered that all this is your fault? Your presence creates these animals.”
We’re all familiar with the dear old doctor, Hugo Strange, he’s been through the rumour mill more than most and with good reason- Alon Aboutboul cast as “mad scientist”…
Jump back a month or so- Gary Oldman tells us one of the villains is an “old, old” foe of the Batman. While this could be Strange, it could also point to the lesser known Dr Karl Hellfern, A.K.A, Dr Death.
In his first appearance in Detective Comics #29, Doctor Death develops a lethal chemical agent from pollen extract and enacts a plan to use the poison to extort money from wealthy Gotham City citizens. He is assisted by a large East Indian manservant, Jabah-
-In an attempt to evade capture by Batman, Doctor Death ignites chemicals in his laboratory, presumably killing Jabah and himself in the resulting explosion. Doctor Death next appears the following month in Detective Comics #30. With a new accomplice, a Cossack named Mikhail, Doctor Death is this time successful in claiming a victim in his extortion scheme, but discovers that the poisoned man lost his fortune in the Depression. Batman intervenes in the plot and upon apprehending the doctor, discovers that Doctor Death’s face is horribly disfigured from the lab explosion, resulting in a brown, skeletal appearance.
A new realm of possibilities opens… Which will it be? (if either)
Post with 6 notes
Dr Hugo Strange is back in the rumours today after MyEntertainmentWorld (Similar to IMDb but aimed at professionals in the film industry) published a short synopsis for The Dark Knight Rises…
DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE (aka MAGNUS REX & FOX HILLS GREEN) – Mid June, 2011 – India & London, UK & New York, NY & Pittsburgh, PA. STORY: As Batman deals with his new status as a wanted vigilante, Dr. Hugo Strange, a villainous psychiatrist, concocts a plan to destroy him and become the new Batman. (Posted: June 17, 2010. Revised: April 14, 2011)
This is of course NOT official but you have to wonder why it hasn’t been debunked yet. Christopher Nolan has always pushed the more psychological side of the Batman universe and Dr Strange would seem like a sensible choice for the story -not to mention his links to Bane.
Rumours are flying once again and yes, it’s Hugo Strange but this time Robin Williams.
Dr. Hugo Strange was responsible for the experiments that caused Bane’s venom addiction.
I can see Robin Williams playing the obsessive Strange very well given his role in One Hour Photo.
Little is known of Hugo Strange’s early days, only that he was abandoned and grew up in state-run homes.
A brilliant scientist, he first came to Batman’s attention when he committed multiple robberies using a manmade fog to cover his tracks. These robberies were however the tip of the iceberg- Strange was using his ill-gotten gains to finance his unethical human experimentation. Batman caught Strange and from his cell the scientist swore revenge the Bat.
-Escaping from prison, he once again began his experimentations- inventing a serum which turned people into monsters that he would then release into Gotham.
-Strange has used fear dust, much like Scarecrow. Batman managed to stop him but in the process Strange fell from a cliff and was assumed dead. He did however survive, recovering slowly.
-Strange obsessed over Batman and eventually managed to work out his true identity Strange then went about auctioning this information to Gotham’s underworld but in the end he kept it for his own use.
-Strange proceeded to plot against Bruce Wayne, hoping to drive him mad.
-Strange has also dressed as Batman.
Possibilities for The Dark Knight Rises:
There have been many versions of Hugo Strange over the 70 years that he’s been in Batman’s rogues gallery. Some have depicted him as a mad scientist, other’s as a Batman obsessed psychologist. This leaves him open to many possibilities in The Dark Knight Rises. The most likely being, as I’ve mentioned before, the Prey story line. It would be too hard to explain it so I would recommend this link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman:_Prey
If Hugo is the main villain, Nolan would be mad not to draw from that take on the strange Hugo Strange.
Arkham City’s Dr. Hugo Strange is shaping up to be quite a creepy fellow.
In the recently released trailer we witnessed him being rather needle-happy with one of his security officers. With his deep, disconcerting voice oddly enthralling.
Here’s the first in-game image of Strange.
Post with 4 notes
There’s been much speculation over Tom Hardy’s role in the forthcoming film, The Dark Knight Rises. All of that could be over however- A so far reliable source at WarnerBros is reported to have confirmed Hardy as Hugo Strange.
The character of Strange is a likely one for Nolan to want to include, given that he’s not a clay monster or iced man and is based on a much more psychological level.
Strange is one of Batman’s first recurring enemies and has been featured since 1940.
The most likely and Nolanesque version of the character would be that of the “Prey” story arc, in which Professor Hugo Strange is brought in by the GCPD to aid in the capture of Batman by uncovering his true identity. (This would fit with Batman’s current predicament in the film). Strange applies his huge knowledge of psychology to the matter and succeeds in his task, though, having become obsessed with the Bat, keeps the information for his own means and goes about tormenting Bruce Wayne.
Strange also has dealings with Sal Maroni, experiments on the patients of Arkham Asylum and has even been known to dress as the Batman.
I don’t know about you but I’m quite intrigued by the prospects of the character and hope he will be included.
Though Tom Hardy is a confirmed cast member for The Dark Knight Rises, his role isn’t.
A while ago there were even rumors that he could play Killer Croc or Bane. (unlikely characters in Nolan Gotham)
The rumors eventually seemed to settle around the character of Detective Harvey Bullock, crooked cop and bane of Commissioner Gordon’s efforts to clean up the streets.
However, a new possibility has been added to the list. Namely, Dr. Hugo Strange, maniacal psychologist and the only person to ever deduce Batman’s true identity.
Both are very interesting prospects and I’m having a ‘Hardy’ time choosing which I’d prefer!
Harvey Bullock Tom Hardy Hugo Strange