Without a doubt, Gotham has boasted a staggering number of villains culled from the Batman mythos throughout its first three seasons. And while some such as the Penguin and Mr. Freeze have become fully realized and made quite the impression on us in that time, one that can be counted among that lot and shouldn’t be overlooked is that of the Riddler.
Having debuted all the way back in the pilot episode, Cory Michael Smith’s take on Edward Nygma has gone through a generous amount of character growth, to say the least. In fact, I’d argue that if any member of the principal cast stole the show during season 2, it was most assuredly him.
For the benefit of both devoted viewers and the uninitiated, a new promo has been cut this week, effectively chronicling the journey that the Prince of Puzzles has embarked on thus far. Basically, you’ll see some of his time as a medical examiner for the GCPD, leading to his emergence as one of the most formidable villains to ever plague the city. And, of course, there are a few murders along the way.
As for what’s to come involving him, nothing of that sort is spoiled, but let’s not forget Smith recently spoke of a new alliance to be formed between Nygma, Solomon Grundy and Lee Thompkins at San Diego Comic-Con:
“Evil Lee or Dark Lee is a new character. Solomon Grundy is certainly a new character. So I get to meet two new people, and interact with them, so I’m very excited about that. Feels like new beginnings. Every time Edward meets a new character and interacts with them and grows a kinship with them, he changes significantly, so I’m really excited to see what organically happens when I’m dealing with the buffoon of Solomon Grundy, not just like the physical power, but the idiocy. Then someone like Lee, who at this point, is an entirely different human being.”
Normally, we’d say the Riddler doesn’t play well with others, but this series proved that it especially excels at forming factions during season 3, not to mention how the characters in question play off each other. Thus, we look forward to seeing how that trio interacts.
Gotham returns for its fourth season on Thursday, September 21 on Fox.