Tuesday, April 1, 2014

GOTHAM Casts Cory Michael Smith as The Riddler

And here you thought Jim Gordon had his hands full with The Penguin...

Entertainment Weekly has just announced that the upcoming Fox series Gotham has cast Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, better known to Batman fans as The Riddler.  According to the article, Smith will guest star in the pilot with an option to expand into a series regular.

Nygma is described in the article as "a brilliant young forensic scientist working for Gotham PD and a penchant for speaking in…rather cryptic language.  Inquisitive, eccentric and outgoing — yet socially awkward — he wants to be liked, but he doesn’t quite know how."

Smith will be the fourth actor to portray the character in live action, after the memorable Frank Gorshin and John Astin in the 1960s Batman television series and Jim Carrey in the 1995 film Batman ForeverHis past work includes the film Camp X-Ray and the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge..

Created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang in 1948's Detective Comics (vol.1) #140, The Riddler is a intellectual genius obsessed with riddles, puzzles and word games and uses question marks as his visual motif.  His criminal modus operandi makes it rarely impossible for him to commit crimes without providing complex clues to Batman and the Gotham City police.

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