The Broadway & Comic Connection: Tony Winner BD Wong Turned Super Villain on ‘Gotham’
Fans of comic book TV shows/movies and musical theater have a lot in common. Both the theater and comics require a rather large central conceit,(breaking out into song and dance and super natural powers, respectively), but offer you an inside glance at some pretty detailed characters. Action figures allow kids to take control of their favorite hero and community theater gives actors a chance to step into the shoes of their favorite character. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many musical theater actors also cross over into the world of superhero TV shows/movies. Hugh Jackman is famous for playing both Peter Allan in The Boy From Oz and Wolverine in the X-Men series. Many of his fellow X-Men are also know to break out into song and dance. The list could go on for days. Tonight we focus on on Tony winner turned supervillain. B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown) recently joined the cast of Fox’s Gotham as the demented Doctor Hugo Strange. Check out the report below for a look at Wong as Strange.
The official plot synopsis for this week’s all new episode of Gotham, titled “Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness,” reads:
“Alfred and Selina help Bruce try to find his parents' killer; Gordon questions Edward Nygma about Kristen Kringle's whereabouts; and Dr. Strange continues his work to reduce Penguin's aggression.”
Gotham isn't the only DC Comics series featuring a Broadway star. The CW’s Flash features RENT star Jesse L Martin as a member of the regular cast. Martin plays Joe West, a police officer and surrogate father to The Flash, A.K.A. Barry Allen (Grant Gustin).
The Flash spinoff series Legends of Tomorrow also features Victor Garber (Godspell, Assassins). Further examination is bound to find more Broadway babes playing superhero on the side.
Who is your favorite Broadway star turned superhero/supervillain? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of the page.