Well, that didn’t take long. FOX’s Gotham will wrap up its 2015 run with tonight’s “Worse Than a Crime,” setting the stage for some serious Bat-baddies to make their debut next year, but why wait? Our first look at Mr. Freeze has already arrived, cold gun and all, because Gotham has zero chill.

USA Today revealed our first official look at House of Cards star Nathan Darrow suited up as Victor Fries, the character intended to debut later on tonight’s Gotham fall finale, before a more formal introduction next year. As you can see, Victor is apparently already bundling up to freeze Gotham citizens, though seemingly prior to the accident that necessitates his iconic cold-contained suit.


Says Darrow of the character’s Gotham Season 2 arrival:

Victor has one central intimate human connection, and that’s with his wife. 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. […]

He’s pretty focused on what he’s doing. He is on a very special, independent project. I feel like he does go to work each day, but I think he gets time to work from home and it feels like his bosses are OK with that because he’s specially talented and he’s working on something that could be potentially of great value for who he works for. So he’s pretty much involved in this pursuit and it’s rather solitary, as you might imagine.

Why FOX opted to debut Mr. Freeze ahead of his surprise appearance remains as much of a mystery as the show itself, but in the meantime, check out the full photos above, and start warming up your cold puns for 2016.

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