Next week, Gotham is bringing another Bat-villain to its nightmarishly delightful take on DC Comics in the form of Michael Cerveris’s Professor Pyg. But apparently, frequent Broadway star Cerveris will be bring a bit of the ol’ razzle dazzle with him, alongside... well, you know. The “gruesome serial killer with a creepy pig mask” stuff.
Ceveris dished on his multi-episode stint at Pyg to USA Today, revealing that—please pretend to be surprised for a moment—that the noted murderer will find a kindred spirit on the show, in the form of fellow noted murderer Jim Gordon.
According to the site, Pyg’s arrival in Gotham City leads to a string of cops being brutally murdered as part of Pyg’s twisted sense of justice... except for Jim Gordon, who finds his fellow officers of the law turning against him when they realize the reason he isn’t on Pyg’s kill list is because Pyg doesn’t see Gordon as a corrupt cop. Which is odd, considering that Jim Gordon a) has killed a shit-ton of people and b) is currently using Sofia Falcone to raise an army of criminals to stop Penguin’s very effective crime prevention program. But anyway.
The real delight of Pyg’s arrival on Gotham, according to Cerveris, is not his relationship with Jim, but a planned encounter with the Penguin... which of course leads to Professor Pyg starring in his own “song-and-dance number.”
“Especially when they had somebody who played Sweeney Todd, they knew the direction they wanted to go,” Cerveris says, adding that he hopes Broadway fans who don’t watch Gotham “might give it a look simply because of that, and find that they have a new favorite show.”
I love the idea of Broadway fans tuning into Gotham only to find a serial killer in a pig mask doing a showtune. Love it.
Professor Pyg squeals his way onto Gotham starting next Thursday, October 26.