The mad scientist, at least in pop culture, is distinctly a male phenomenon.
An upcoming CBS drama, however, hopes to change that stereotype. “Moreau” will gender-flip H.G. Wells’ iconic surgeon, Dr. Moreau. Deadline reports that in a new TV adaptation, “the title character of disgraced London physiologist Dr. Moreau — who retreats to an island to work on his experiments creating animal-human hybrids — is a woman. Fiercely intelligent and fearless, Dr. Katherine Moreau expands the boundaries of medicine through bold and revolutionary scientific experimentation and treatments in her privately funded island hospital.”
Women can be creeps, too! The reclusive physician has appeared on screen in the 1932 Bela Lugosi vehicle “The Island of Lost Souls,” the 1977 “The Island of Dr. Moreau” and the so-bad-we’re-still-talking-about-it 1996 version with Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. If “Moreau” makes it to air, it’ll be interesting to see how the character’s innate ickiness will be rewritten for a network lead.