Gotham (2014– )
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Heroes Rise: How the Riddler Got His Name 

Ed finally got Penguin to pay for his terrible actions and finds himself with a new dilemma on which path to take.


T.J. Scott (as TJ Scott)


Bruno Heller (developed by), Megan Mostyn-Brown | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben McKenzie ... James Gordon
Donal Logue ... Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz ... Bruce Wayne / 514A
Morena Baccarin ... Leslie Thompkins
Sean Pertwee ... Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor ... Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin
Erin Richards ... Barbara Kean (credit only)
Camren Bicondova ... Selina Kyle
Cory Michael Smith ... Edward Nygma / The Riddler
Jessica Lucas ... Tabitha Galavan (credit only)
Chris Chalk ... Lucius Fox
Drew Powell ... Butch Gilzean (credit only)
Maggie Geha ... Ivy Pepper
Benedict Samuel ... Jervis Tetch (credit only)
Michael Chiklis ... Nathaniel Barnes (credit only)


Nygma convinces himself that he doesn't need Penguin to succeed and begins to introduce himself to Gotham as "The Riddler." Bullock and Lucius Fox get caught up in Nygma's mind games, while Gordon learns troubling news about his father's death. Meanwhile, the Court of the Owls reveals its next move.

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Release Date:

24 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The ringtone on Edward's phone is the same as the opening notes of the Batman (1966) theme music. See more »


Ed's gas mask doesn't touch the sides of his face, so it would be worthless in protecting him from inhaling the gas. See more »


Edward Nygma: I can be a member of a group but I can never blend in. What am I?
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The wheels are turning
28 April 2017 | by KingslaaySee all my reviews

After a long wait Gotham has returned with a great episode. It was centred on the transformation and creation of the Riddler. The shows creators definitely know how to build things up since this series is a massive prequel and build up to Batman and many villains.

The Riddler was beautifully portrayed as a fragile creature that was trying to find his purpose even if it meant becoming the most wanted man in Gotham. It was intriguing to see him search for an intellectual equal and constantly fail to do so until he runs into the brilliant Luscious Fox or Foxy who is able to solve his riddles. Nigma was looking for someone or something to define his persona that is central to who he is and wants to become. He feels he has been on this journey long enough. What's interesting is how as a villain he plainly states that he is driven by a worthy opponent and his crimes were driven to find him. In the future we know Riddler will meet the ultimate vigilante who will solve his riddles.

An interesting look at how these arch villains are driven by the vigilante himself. This depth was explored in Nolan's Dark Trilogy that led to the Joker who fed off the Dark Knights crusades.

Also interesting to look at Bruce Wayne and his clone who looks like him but is different in every way. People are wondering if this Bruce will be Batman but I think most are sure the real Bruce will return at some point. Funnily enough the lead of the series had a secondary role and outshone by the Riddler and Bruce Wayne.

An excellent episode, nice to know they have completed the origin story for the Riddler and taken that next leap.

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