/gotham-tv-show-red-hood/Less than a week after we reported that Red Hood is set for an appearance on Fox's Gotham, Deadline reports that yet another iconic villain will surface in Season 1, with Colm Feore signing on to play Dr. Francis Dulmacher, a.k.a. The Dollmaker. The character was referenced in the second episode by Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), who believes The Dollmaker is responsible for the mass kidnappings of Gotham's street children. Here's how Deadline describes the Gotham character:
"With a zealotry bordering on madness, and aided by his genius-level intellect and vast medical expertise, Dr. Dulmacher pursues his demented researches, even as the bloody costs of his actions grow ever greater."
It isn't known when exactly Colm Feore will debut on Gotham this season, but this won't be his first foray into the superhero genre. The actor most recently portrayed Donald Menken in Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and King Laufey in Marvel's Thor. The Dollmaker had previously been introduced on another DC Comics series, The CW Network's Arrow, with Michael Eklund portraying the character.
In related news, Gotham star Cory Michael Smith, who plays Edward Nygma (a.k.a. The Riddler), recently spoke about playing this eccentric character in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The actor reveals he researched the character throughout his 75-year history in the comics, where he found out that there is no one way to play The Riddler.
"When I was auditioning for Gotham, I got a handful of comics from different decades, so I had a perspective - it's been around for 75 years, which is a long time. I wanted to see an evolution of the comics - and of the character. What I love about [the character's history] is how diverse it is in terms of how the character is portrayed, in terms of his appearance, the different costumes and hair color. Sometimes it's incredibly ostentatious, other times it's almost professional, or regal. Sometimes, he's a showman, sometimes he's a nerd."
He also described his character's arc on the show to a giant U curve, revealing he's very excited about reaching the bottom of that curve.
"What I'm really excited about is the bottom of that curve. Going from this quite innocent, well-intentioned, joyful person to starting to find this other part of him that he didn't know he had - accessing this place where he responds to the unfortunate things that people are doing to him, and starting to realize how cruel people are to him and how they mistreat him, and then doing that back to them. He's a person who's constantly abused, and to finally reach a part of himself where he just can't take it anymore and starts doing it to other people - and it's out of anger and exhaustion, and then realizing that when you start taking control of situations like that, you can gain power that way - it'll be something that he can start to enjoy."