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Gotham Just Cast This Comic Book Villain

If there’s news to be had about Gotham, you can bet your last dollar that it involves someone from Batman’s seemingly endless stable of foes. (And if you were living in a place where Don Falcone and Sal Maroni were running things, that dollar might very well be your last.) The latest ghastly villain to be matched to an actor is Dr. Francis Dulmacher, better known as The Dollmaker, who will be played in the Fox drama by The Borgias and Revolution star Colm Feore.

Feore, who also entered the comic book world for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is a great choice for this role, as he’s an actor perfectly capable of making a nice statement seem overtly menacing. In case you need a reminder of what he looks like, here’s a shot of Feore in The Borgias, in which he played Giuliano della Rovere.


Gotham and showrunner Bruno Heller have been pretty good about delivering villains with fairly uncensored moral boundaries, and The Dollmaker’s storyline is going to ramp things up at least one uncomfortable notch. As referenced by Selina Kyle in the series’ second episode, The Dollmaker has been kidnapping the children living on the streets of Gotham, presumably so he can make his horrific dolls out of their body parts. He’s a killer who wears his dead father’s skin on his face, so I guess there’s no clear place to start in judging this guy’s madness.

It sounds like Dulmacher’s surgical expertise will be his launching point within the Gotham universe, and I won’t be surprised if we see young Bruce Wayne getting some kind of an injury that leads him to getting stitched up by this maniac. Here’s how Deadline describes the 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 even greater.”

Yeah, I’m hooked in by that. This series doesn’t really need another Big Bad for Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock to mess around with, but it doesn’t sound like The Dollmaker will be a one-and-done character. (Especially since his arrival has already been hinted at.) He’s no Balloon Man, after all. This is one of the closest villains that the DC Universe has to Hannibal Lecter, and one who is far more ostensibly terrifying than the Penguin or whatever The Riddler ends up becoming. I gotta say, though, watching Falcone strangle Liza last week was a good reminder of how ruthless he can be. But choking someone to death is far different than taking their body parts and creating morbid toys out of them.

There’s no sign of when Gotham fans can expect to come across Colm Feore's Dollmaker, but we’re keeping an eerie plastic eye out.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.