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Cory Michael Smith Is All Answers About ‘Gotham’s’ Take On The Riddler


Riddle me this: When is a Riddler not a riddler? When he’s an E. Nygma, as played by actor Cory Michael Smith on Fox’s new pre-Batman TV series “Gotham.”

A theater star and Broadway standout now making waves in Hollywood, Smith takes on the role of Edward Nygma in a Gotham City just after the vicious murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne. A forensic scientist of under-appreciated brilliance — or so he believes — Nygma has plenty of questions but hasn’t yet given himself over to his future self’s criminal compulsions to test his smarts against Gotham’s law enforcers.

Smith displays a keen intelligence and curiosity, especially when it comes to decrypting his own specific take on the role, and in talking with Comic Book Resources, he opens up about his process in portraying the Prince of Puzzlers. And he’s not kidding around –he even took notes on recommendations of key Riddler stories to research later!

Q: If you do actually make it into a costume, do you think it’s going to be the question mark unitard or the green suit and fedora?

“I think the latter is way more likely. We have an insanely talented costume designer, Lisa Padovani, and the suits that I’ve had custom-made thus far are really, really stellar. I think they’re going to go more along the lines of that, keeping me in the same vein of these really fitted suits with short legs, short sleeves. I get my own ties made. I have this really awesome tie clip that’s a typewriter key with a question mark on it. She’s really keen on this suit look, which I personally love, so I’m hoping that it kind of sweeps into that and I perhaps just get a bit more flair — as I grow in confidence, perhaps my clothes do as well. I don’t foresee a unitard jumping on this body. I don’t think America wants to see that.”

Q: Put it in your contract! You’re a big Jim Carrey fan, but I understand you have not seen “Batman Forever.”

I love Jim Carrey — as a kid, he was easily one of my favorite actors. We didn’t have a ton of money. My brother and I had maybe 20 movies between my parents and my grandparents that we would watch over and over and over, and 1989 “Batman” was one of them with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, but I’ve never seen “Batman Forever.” I knew that it’s hyper-stylized, in a way that’s not at all complementary to what we’re doing. I used to impersonate Jim Carrey as a kid all the time, so I’m not even going to touch “Batman Forever” at this point because I just feel like that’s just crossing wires! You’re going to see him doing something —

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