When Gotham comes back for its fourth season, Edward Nygma will have what actor Cory Michael Smith calls several “identity crisis, crises,” when speaking to ComicBook.com.
“Season four, for me, is going to…we play a lot with identity crisis, crises, with Ed and this is another form of identity crisis. He doesn’t have his computation skills and his intelligence, and so what does that mean now?”
Smith says that last season only scratched the surface of being the Riddler.
“I got so close. I got a sparkly green suit. I got to be the Riddler for a couple episodes. I got to twirl a sword…and now it’s just back to a sort of physically and mentally inept Ed.”
Regardless, Smith is ready to see what the fourth season of Gotham will bring for his character and he’s looking forward to Nygma to “find a new version of himself.”
“I’m excited because I think some of the shrewdness and ruthlessness that Ed learned to practice by being around Oswald, it’s just not going to work for him anymore. So it’s kind of exciting. He gets to find a new version of himself, and I think it opens the door for some comedy, which I’m excited about.”
Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as Detective Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Morena Baccarin as Dr. Leslie Thompkins, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Carmen Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Maggie Geha as Ivy Pepper, Benedict Samuel as Jervis Tetch/The Mad Hatter and Michael Chiklis as Captain Nathaniel Barnes.
Here is the official synopsis for season four:
“Gotham’s origin story continues to unfold, and as the show enters its fourth season, the stakes will be higher than ever! With the Court of Owls decimated, the aftermath of the Tetch virus crippling the city, and every (surviving) villain in Gotham’s underworld jockeying for power, Jim Gordon and the GCPD will have their hands full. And that’s just the beginning! What threat does Ra’s al Ghul pose, and will Penguin regain his title as the King of Gotham? What new villains are in store for season four, and what does Bruce Wayne’s season finale reveal mean for Gotham City — and his ultimate destiny?”
Gotham returns for its fourth season on Thursday, September 21 at 8/7c on FOX.