'Gotham's Michael Cerveris Explains How His Professor Pyg Is Different Than the Comics

Gotham has introduced a horde of fan-favorite comic book villains over the course of the last season or two, including the likes of both Scarecrow and Solomon Grundy. Last week, the Batman prequel series turned the creep factor up to ten, bringing one on of Grant Morrison's most twisted creations, Professor Pyg.

Played by two-time Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, Pyg brought a level of terrifying pizzazz that has already set him apart as one of the most intriguing villains in the history of Gotham.

Fans of DC Comics likely think they know what's next for Professor Pyg, as the character in the comics quickly introduced an hallucinogenic drug that turned regular people into deadly dolls called Dollotrons. While this is definitely a scare-tactic that audiences will be looking forward to, expect Gotham's take on the villain to go in a much different direction.

While speaking with Michael Cerveris after his debut episode, we brought up the Dollotron storyline, and whether or not we would be seeing that in the future.

"Yah, I don't want to give away completely," Cervis teased. "You know how much he's liked the Pyg in the comics, but I would say that his focus in Gotham is more on things to do with Gotham and with the city and with Jim Gordan. He's certainly is the manipulative character, and certainly, you know, is trying to get people to do stuff whether they know why they're doing it or not. But, that's sort of exclusive. His whole reason for existing is not the Dollotrons."

It's disappointing that we might not see the Dollotrons with Professor Pyg this season but, as Cerveris continued, he revealed that their storyline could be coming in the future.

"You do have characters in Gotham where the way we know them in the comic book is much later in their lives. You know, when Bruce has become Batman and stuff [like that]. It's possible that the Dollotrons are a later part of his life. You know, it's not mutually exclusive if we don't get to the Dollotron. You know, that doesn't mean that they just decided to get rid of it."

Professor Pyg continues his dark reign of terror on Gotham in this week's episode, "A Dark Knight: A Day in the Narrows," which will air on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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