‘Gotham’ Casts Cory Michael Smith as The Riddler


‘Gotham’ Casts Cory Michael Smith as The Riddler


The Riddler is here! That’s right, FOX’s origin series ‘Gotham’ is welcoming Cory Michael Smith as one of Batman’s infamous enemies.

In the prequel drama, Smith will take on the future villainous role also known as Edward Nygma. He is described as a socially awkward forensic scientist who is eccentric and outgoing, but also desperate to be liked. He even works for the Gotham PD and is known for speaking in cryptic language. Of course, he’s also recognized for creating riddles, puzzles and word games.

So far, Smith will star as a guest in the pilot, but there’s a chance he’ll become a series regular. He most recently starred in HBO’s miniseries Olive Kitteridge with Frances McDormand, where he played Kevin Coulson. Smith’s also co-starred with Oscar winner Cate Blanchett in ‘Carol,’ in addition to ‘Camp X-Ray’ with Kristen Stewart.

In addition to Smith, the series from executive producer Bruno Heller (‘The Mentalist’) also stars Ben McKenzie (James Gordon), Donal Logue (Harvey Bullock), Jada Pinkett Smith (Fish Mooney), Zabryna Guevara (Captain Essen), Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth), Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin), Erin Richards (Barbara Kean), David Mazouz (young Bruce Wayne) and Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle aka Catwoman).

‘Gotham’s been taking the TV world by storm with character portraits and casting news, so I can’t wait to see how it all turns out on the small screen.

- Gotham

Written by: akoerner
Apr 1st, 2014, 1:35 pm

Images courtesy of Mike Pont/Getty Images


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Message Posted On Apr 2nd, 2014, 12:03 pm

Frank Gorshin was pretty decent in the role but I doubt that if he was here, in his prime (i.e., about 20 years younger than he was in the old Batman series) and wanted to be on the show that he would have much impact on the show's success or failure.

The main characters carry the show and the Riddler (or his alter-ego) was never put in the same league as Joker, Mr. Freeze or even the Penguin or Bane who have all shown up in the cartoon versions of Batman and in the movies with way more air time than the Riddler.

I like the concept of the Riddler and hope they have an opportunity to recreate his character in this show. The fact that he's a forensic scientist (one of Batman's key abilities) could add some interesting possibilities if the character uses counter-forensic measures as part of the "puzzles" in his crimes in order to confuse the law enforcement. He's a more cerebral character than Joker, Penguin, Bane, etc. and the show will hopefully play to that as a strength.

The one thing Allyson mentioned that concerns me is the comment that the character is "also desperate to be liked."  I just really hope that doesn't mean they are going to make him whiney and needy. 


Message Posted On Apr 2nd, 2014, 2:23 am
There is only one Riddler. That is Frank Gorshin. It matters not that he appeared in the 60's joke Batman TV series, he IS the Riddler. I hope they base the new character as close to Frank as possible. That way the series will have a chance of success.
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