The marketing for Gotham‘s upcoming third season has taken some time out recently to focus on the re-introduction of Poison Ivy. The character will return, aged up after an “encounter with a monster from Indian Hill” as a young woman with fully-realized supernatural powers.
After introducing the character last week as a sultry, mysterious redhead, a new image shows a very different side of the adult Ivy Pepper: off-guard and tending to her plants. She’s wearing the same ragged sweater that audiences have grown used to seeing her in, but it fits a little better now. Maggie Geha will be taking over the role following Clare Foley’s portrayal of a young Ivy Pepper during seasons 1 and 2.
Along with the new image, Gotham executive producer John Stevens shared a few more details about the character with TVInsider. Calling her a “big girl,” Stephens explained that a creature who has escaped from Indian Hill has the ability to age people until they die. “Sometimes he uses it to kill people; other times he doesn’t get to complete the process.” Stephens went on to compliment Geha’s performance as a seamless transition from Foley’s — but it’s still unclear what the circumstances of Ivy’s “grown-up” mentality will be once she’s aged. “Maggie really seems like Clare,” said Stephens. “She is playing the same intonations and rhythms. It’s great.”
With age, it’s worth wondering whether or not the vigilante-to-be will also mentally mature into the confident Poison Ivy from classic Batman tales, or if Ivy’s new role on the show will be about exploring that development after the rattling transformation. Ivy has so far been quiet but dangerous, vital yet brushed aside, and season three could open major doors for a character who holds such a heavy standing among Gotham‘s lady vigilantes.
Speaking of lady vigilantes, Gotham’s executive producer Danny Cannon has been sharing a few promotional tweets containing the newly-released publicity photos for season 3 and has hinted again at a Gotham City Sirens team-up. The “Sirens” team-up will revolve around a night club,and it might just be that Ivy will find herself teaming up with the ladies of the city soon enough.
Gotham season 3 premieres Monday, September 19 on FOX.
Source: TV Insider