Fox sent out the first picture on Monday of Maggie Geha as Poison Ivy, and it’s certainly a different direction.
After two seasons of Ivy Pepper being a ragamuffin street urchin with messy hair, something will happen this season with the escapees from Indian Hills that will advance her aging and we will end up with a far more adult and put together version of the character.
First, the official synopsis of the new season:
GOTHAM (Mondays, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) The origin story continues on Season Three of Gotham, and the stakes are higher than ever, as Super-Villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City.
Season Three will peel back the curtain on the infamous criminal organization known as the Court of The Owls. With the Indian Hill escapees on the loose, JIM GORDON (Ben McKenzie) must take matters into his own hands as a bounty hunter in Gotham. He makes it his mission to find HUGO STRANGE (guest star BD Wong), the mastermind behind the horrifying Indian Hill experiments, and FISH MOONEY (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith), one of Strange’s subjects. Meanwhile, GCPD Detective HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue) and Captain NATHANIEL BARNES (Michael Chiklis) remain at the forefront of the fight against crime in the monster-ridden city. Also, BRUCE WAYNE (David Mazouz), with the help of his trusted butler and mentor, ALFRED PENNYWORTH (Sean Pertwee), and former Wayne Enterprises employee, LUCIUS FOX (Chris Chalk), discovers there are still more secrets to uncover regarding his parents’ murders.
As the city sinks deeper into chaos, GOTHAM will continue to follow the evolving stories of the city’s most malevolent villains: THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor); EDWARD NYGMA/the future RIDDLER (Cory Michael Smith); SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (Camren Bicondova); BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards), TABITHA GALAVAN/TIGRESS (Jessica Lucas) and BUTCH GILZEAN (Drew Powell). The series also will catch up with the future POISON IVY (Maggie Geha), who, after an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill, finds herself reborn as a young woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms; and will dive into the origin stories of JERVIS TETCH/MAD HATTER (Benedict Samuel), a talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness; and the TWEED BROTHERS.
Poison Ivy has always been sexy in other media, but this just seems over-the-top to me. Clare Foley has done a perfectly fine job as the younger version. Also, doesn’t this make her a bit old for the overall Batman mythos? Yes, I know Gotham has gone its own direction (oh has it ever), but it still seems odd Ivy will be so much older than Batman and Catwoman when they get to the adult stage.
Whatever your thoughts, I do enjoy Gotham once I just realized I needed to treat it as an alternate universe version of the story. I can live with that.