Gotham: Cory Michael Smith Describes His Upcoming Riddler Costume
After this month's quick three-episode arc, Gotham goes back on hiatus, this time for nearly three months. But when it returns, it returns with a bang in an episode ominously titled, "How the Riddler Got His Name." Now, that could simply be Ed Nygma looking at his name written down, and going, "Edward Nygma. Ed Nygma. E. Nygma. ENIGMA! LIKE A RIDDLE!" but that's probably not the route the serious and dramatic Gotham is going to take.
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We've seen actor Cory Michael Smith don an increasing amount of green, including dark green suits, but it sounds like when he "gets his name" he'll also be getting something closer to a traditional costume. Just don't expect flashy lycra or spandex; think more about The Riddler during the Detective Comics storyline a few years back where he basically dressed as a green-suited police detective.
"It is performative; not in a Jim Carrey way," Smith told Cinemablend of his transformation to The Riddler. "I want him to be kind of showy. So what we have as the Riddler costume is really classy, and that's kind of what we wanted."
That does seem to be confirmation that he'll be going whole-hog with the Riddler identity, and this season. However, despite the green suit and the question mark (which is definitely present) he won't have Riddler's other trademark, the cane, just yet.
"I do not have a cane yet, but I want one so badly for a few different reasons; I won't tell you all of them so I don't spoil anything, but I'm pitching very had for a cane," Smith said. He does think they'll get him one eventually, but cryptically teased, "I want him to be someone who deserves a f***ing cane. He needs to be someone that's just begging for a cane." Whether that means a crippling injury or just a delightful sense of showmanship remains to be seen.
Gotham airs two more episodes next Monday and the Monday after at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX, then takes a hiatus until April 24, 2017.
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