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Riddler Cast for Gotham

Riddle me this

By Robert T. Trate     April 02, 2014
Source: HitFix.com


Gotham premieres Monday, Sept. 22 on FOX.
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The cast of FOX’s upcoming Gotham is coming along nicely. We have Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), and now Maniacs they have cast The Riddler. HitFix had the story where Cory Michael Smith will play The Riddler in the prequel featuring James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as the lead character. 
 
They are introducing the character with a slightly more realistic approach. “Edward Nygma is introduced in the Bruno Heller-scripted "Gotham" pilot as a forensics expert who helps Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) and James Gordon (McKenzie) in a murder investigation. He prefers speaking in riddles to giving straight-forward answers, which annoys the two detectives”. 

Synopsis: Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
 
"Gotham" is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller ("The Mentalist," "Rome"), "Gotham" follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
 
Growing up in Gotham City's surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, "Southland," "The O.C.") romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards, Open Grave, "Breaking In"), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
 
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, "Sons of Anarchy," "Terriers," "Vikings," "Copper"), as the two stumble upon the city's highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes' hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, "Touch"), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy's profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
 
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, "HawthoRNe," Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction's most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, "The Walking Dead," Another Earth).
 
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon's turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara, "Burn Notice"), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee, "Camelot," "Elementary"). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he's destined to be.'
 
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xJokersxWildx 4/2/2014 9:02:02 AM

No Batman in it? - Dooty !

DarthBob 4/2/2014 10:28:16 AM

All these villains and no Batman; what a brilliant plan DC.

javaone 4/2/2014 12:04:25 PM

Every great story needs a protagonist - someone you can root for to thwart evil, win the girl, etc. But when you're talking about some of the greatest villains in DC comic lore, you really need a "super-protagonist". I just don't see James Gordon fitting that bill. Hopefully I'm wrong and they really come up with some great stories.

kinetoscope 4/2/2014 1:58:34 PM

 I think it is brilliant. He will grow up to be the answer. The villians might not be true villians in the early years. They might also be flanking everyone and may have an adult Batman they will be using and the kids are in the flashbacks. Its also early, many things could change. After one season Bruce could come back 4,5,6, or more years older. My excitement grows with each casting that I hear about.

7thGuest 4/2/2014 5:14:14 PM

I'm at least glad to hear that they are going to have a Riddler, I'll give this show a shot just for that reason alone. And I'm not even concerned that I've never even heard of this guy, I guess I should look him up on IMDB.

If I can't get a good Riddler in the movies at least I can, hopefully, see one in a TV show. Well I liked Jim Carrey as the Riddler, but I  thought the riddles themselves sucked. I mean those were the type of riddles you'd find in Highlights for Children, not from a criminal mastermind.

Modo 4/3/2014 1:54:03 AM

I think it will be brilliant if we actually get a bonafide "Batman" spinoff / follow-up from this show in 7-10 years time!  I really don't see the point of this show otherwise...

mikemc2 4/3/2014 3:42:08 AM

 Wait a second, so Bruce Wayne is some little kid and ALL his rouge gallery including Catwoman are adults?  That makes no sense?  Especially Selina Kyle, she supposed to be younger then Bruce - NOT older.  Also there were no super-villains in Gotham before Batman, just a generic bunch of mobsters / corrupt police & politicians.  This is making less and less sense.

macthorn 4/3/2014 6:02:00 AM

Javaone said "you really need a "super-protagonist". I just don't see James Gordon fitting that bill."

Yeah especially since I keep seeing Gordon from the 60's Batman TV show, he couldn't tie his shoes without calling Batman for help. haha 

macthorn 4/3/2014 6:03:33 AM

But I do really like Ben McKenzie's stuff from Southland. 

DarthBob 4/3/2014 7:02:31 AM

So a production about Bruce Wayne, not Batman, that will feature Batman villains.  So they're bringing The Dark Knight Rises to TV!

Also, who's going to play Egghead, The Bookworm and Louie the Lilac?

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