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The Riddler on 'Gotham' villain theories and going green

The first season of Fox’s ambitious new comic-book drama Gotham is all about the Penguin’s rise to power, but there’s another would-be villain lurking in the shadows. Cory Michael Smith plays Ed Nygma, the man who will become Gotham City’s quiz-happy Riddler… eventually.

For now, Ed’s a forensic scientist working with Gotham PD, which adds a twist of intrigue to his inevitable transformation into villainy. On the show’s Brooklyn set, EW sat down with Smith to get a hint of what we can expect from his Riddler.

EW: How do other Riddlers come into play for your interpretation?
CORY MICHAEL SMITH: Well, there’s Frank Gorshin, of course, whose performance was lauded. I’ve seen clips of him and his work, and I have great respect for his contribution to that show and how celebrated it is, but I certainly haven’t watched enough that it would actually impact the choices I make. And I never watched Batman Forever so I haven’t seen Jim Carrey’s performance.

No way. You never saw Carrey as the Riddler?
The thing is, he’s one of my idols! I love him, I think he’s brilliant, and as a kid he was a huge reason why I wanted to be an actor. But I’ve never seen Batman Forever. And I think it was really just the universe telling me not to watch it because this is my fate. [Laughs] I’m essentially paying most attention to the comics. READ FULL STORY

Ben McKenzie previews the 'swift and brutal' world of 'Gotham'

In today’s world of comic-book remakes, it’s rare that an actor gets to portray multiple characters within any given universe. It’s even more rare that an actor gets to take part in a story that hasn’t been told before. But Ben McKenzie has done both.

In 2011, McKenzie got the chance to voice an animated Bruce Wayne in Batman: Year One, and three years later, he’s playing a young James Gordon in Fox’s upcoming series, Gotham. And despite the fact that Gotham is a prequel and therefore telling a new story, McKenzie is very aware of the “high bar” that exists for his character. But thankfully, McKenzie wasn’t asked to do what Gary Oldman did in Christopher Nolan’s films or what Bryan Cranston did in Year One. Instead, when McKenzie went to lunch with DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns, they talked about McKenzie’s responsibility to the character, part of which was making Gordon “fresh.” So the next question was: How does one do that? READ FULL STORY

'Gotham' deemed 'most promising' new fall show

For the second year in a row, the Television Critics Association is betting on a superhero show. The TCA named Fox’s Gotham, which focuses on the origin stories of Commissioner Gordon and Batman’s legendary foes, the “most promising” new show of the fall TV season. The CW’s Jane the Virgin and Showtime’s The Affair came in second and third in the TCA poll. Gotham was also deemed the most promising drama, followed by The Affair and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, starring Viola Davis. ABC’s Black-ish topped the list on the comedy side, beating out Jane and NBC’s A to Z.

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From 'Doctor Who' to 'The Leftovers,' TV tries to regenerate the hero

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The corrupt cop. The principled drug pusher. The avenging serial killer. The vengeful peacekeeper. The romantic vampire. The heartless doctor. Television has been rotten with ironic or immoral protagonists for most of the new century, though the drama they’ve produced has often been golden.

But a marketplace correction appears to be underway. Grinchy detective Sherlock grew a heart in his latest series of films. Arrow gave up the killer vigilante for role-model vigilante. The new Doctor Who regenerated into an older and wiser Time Lord and declared, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. It’s time I did something about it”—a line that also pretty much summarizes Don Draper’s arc during the first half of Mad Men’s final season, too. Sleepy Hollow—in which the dynamic duo of Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills sacrifice self-interest to save the world from America’s historical and supernatural demons—made chivalry and redemption sexy again. After the glut of rakes and wretches, narcissists and nihilists, there is ruefulness and rehumanization. An era of anti-heroes has surrendered—for the moment, at least—to atonement. READ FULL STORY

'Gotham' releases 21-minute look inside the new series

Fans know that Gotham is described as a Batman prequel, but what does that really mean? Well, in a new 21-minute video, the creators and actors behind the show sat down to talk about everything a “prequel” entails, from individual villain origin stories to the pressures that come with taking on iconic roles.

Watch as Jada Pinkett Smith introduces the new character of Fish Mooney, Ben McKenzie talks about playing a young Jim Gordon, and executive producer Danny Cannon poses the question at the center of it all: “Who are the supervillains in the city and how did they become that way?”

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Ben McKenzie is 'the last good man' in new 'Gotham' teaser

Thus far, a lot of the talk surrounding Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham has been about the villains—like the introduction of a new villain, Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney, and the highly anticipated origin stories of other fan favorites like The Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman, and more.

But what does a world full of villains and potential villains mean for the citizens of Gotham? Well, it means their lives depend on the guy Ben McKenzie calls “the last good man in Gotham” in a new teaser for the show: James Gordon.

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David Zayas cast as mobster Sal Maroni in 'Gotham'

Add one more villain to the list: EW has confirmed that David Zayas of Dexter fame has been cast as Sal Maroni in Fox’s upcoming Gotham. Deadline first reported the news.

In Batman lore, Maroni is a self-made crime boss who starts from the bottom and works his way up to the second most powerful mobster in Gotham City, nipping at the heels of mob boss Carmine Falcone (to be played John Dorman in Gotham). Ultimately, Maroni is the man responsible for District Attorney Harvey Dent’s transformation into the villainous Two-Face. The character was most famously  portrayed by Eric Roberts in The Dark Knight.

The villains come out to play in new 'Gotham' trailer

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The latest trailer for Fox’s upcoming Gotham is essentially an introduction to the city’s villains before they were famous: Someone tells Oswald Cobblepot he walks like a penguin and Selina Kyle sneaks around all cat-like as a caption warns “villains will rise.” Gotham City sure sounds like a fun place to be!

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Video: James Gordon reclaims his city in new 'Gotham' teaser

Gotham is James Gordon’s home, but after he left town for a bit, his eventual return wasn’t exactly what he’d expected. With his beloved city now at a “tipping point,” it’s up to the young detective to try and save the place he claims to care so much about. A new teaser trailer for the upcoming Fox series, Gotham, offers a glimpse at the crime and corruption that Ben McKenzie’s Gordon says is oozing from every corner. Surrounded by villains like The Penguin and The Riddler, there’s no wonder Gordon feels he has to be the hero.

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'Gotham' to premiere at Comic-Con as part of WB/DC Comics panel block

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Mark your calendars, San Diego trekking TV fans: Gotham will have its world premiere screening at Comic-Con next month. The hugely anticipated new Batman prequel series will debut along with presentations for three other DC Comics-based TV shows.

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are partnering for their first-ever power block of panels at the fan mega-conference. The cluster includes Fox’s Gotham, NBC’s new fall drama Constantine and The CW’s Arrow and its upcoming spin-off The Flash. The panels include: READ FULL STORY

'Gotham': 8 striking character images

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The most anticipated drama of the fall has released some striking new character images to show off its rogue gallery of fledgling heroes and villains. Below is a new promo campaign for Fox’s Gotham with eight images exclusive to EW.com. (And if you like these, be sure to read our deep-dive exclusive Q&A with showrunner Bruno Heller and our chat with star Ben McKenzie.)

Gotham premieres this fall on Fox, and before that, it will likely have a major presence at Comic-Con next month.

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'Gotham' teaser introduces the villains -- VIDEO

Forget Batman and Commissioner Gordon: The latest teaser for Fox’s upcoming fall drama Gotham is all about the bad guys.

“How will a little girl, a low-level thug, and a businesswoman become the most dangerous villains around?” a young Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) asks in the teaser’s voice-over. That little girl is Selina Kyle (newcomer Camren Bicondova), who will soon be Catwoman. The thug is Oswald Cobblepot (Another Earth‘s Robin Lord Taylor), the man who will become Penguin. And the businesswoman? That would be Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), who will become…well, we don’t know yet, but we have theories.

Watch the sinister sneak peek below: READ FULL STORY

Ben McKenzie talks 'Gotham': 'He can't just put on a cape and fly off'

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During his first day on the set of Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham, star Ben McKenzie sat in a 1970s-era Chrysler and had a moment of doubt.

This was his first scene for the production playing Det. Jim Gordon, and it was a very simple one — McKenzie merely had to drive the car up to Wayne Manor. But suddenly, the former Southland star felt overwhelmed. “I’m sitting behind the wheel, and I’m thinking, ‘This is crazy, this is crazy. What am I doing? This is nuts. I’m never going to be able to pull this off,'” he recalled. Thankfully, the moment passed, “and it all went great.”

Below McKenzie talks about diving into the Batman universe and shooting the fall’s most highly anticipated new series, which follows a superpower and gadget-free cop responsible for stopping Gotham’s increasingly theatrical array of villains. In this prequel world, Bruce Wayne is still just a kid, and Gordon’s first assignment is investigating the mysterious murder of his parents. READ FULL STORY

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