Starring Ben McKenzie and Jada Pinkett Smith, the show—set in the DC Comic book universe—is the story behind Detective James Gordon’s rise in Gotham City before Batman’s arrival.
Cerveris is no stranger to the antagonist game. As the original John Wilkes Booth in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins—for which he won a Tony Award—Cerveris perfected the intricate psychological twists of complicated characters. He went on to play the title character in the 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd and the controversial head of state in Evita. His other theatre credits include The Who’s Tommy,Lovemusik, Cymbeline, Hedda Gabler, In The Next Room, and Fun Home, for which he won his second Tony.
The actor earned Tony nominations for Tommy, Sweeney Todd, Lovemusik, and Evita. Cerveris has connections with Gotham executive producer Danny Cannon. “Michael is one of my best friends,” Gotham executive producer Danny Cannon told TVLine . “He was in my film school graduation movie, when we were both amateurs. And now he’s joining the fold as Professor Pyg,” in a multi-episode arc.
Gotham returns to television with the season premiere September 21 on Fox.