Life, at times, can be a question wrapped inside of a riddle, and it’s an equation that’s obviously part of Edward Nygma’s life. Whether it’s attempting to overcome his past demons or meeting with such fateful people like the Penguin, Nygma is destined to become The Riddler, and it’s a gradual evolution that is appreciated by actor Cory Michael Smith, who plays the enigmatic character on FOX’s sophomore series Gotham.

“Season one I wanted him to feel really young, I wanted him to feel adolescent, and I think his emotional scale was relative to that,” said Smith. “And in season two, I’ve had some writing that’s really kind of like let him drop his guard, which is really nice because he never really did that in season one until the finale when he was by himself, and so he’s kind of like is starting to breathe. And when anyone actually lets themselves breathe . . . you’re a bit more present, you’re available, and so Ed’s emotional life is going to get more mature as he matures, as his is confronting manhood and having to make these big decisions in his life.”

In the clip below, Smith talks about the “amazing fan base” that supports Gotham.

Gotham airs Monday evenings on FOX (8 pm et/pt).

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Posted By: Greg Srisavasdi