Gotham is preparing itself for a third season, and one of the ‘new’ villains coming to the show is actually just a reboot of a character that has already been introduced. We first met a young Ivy Pepper, clearly the show’s version of classic Batman villain Poison Ivy, all the way back in the series pilot. She was first introduced as being about the same age as both Bruce and Cat, meaning we probably weren’t going to see her use the full extent of her powers because they most likely wouldn’t have time to develop during the show’s run. Now for the third season, it looks as if the writers have came up with a creative solution for that problem.
Gotham has recast the young Ivy Pepper actress with an older Maggie Geha, and today we have our first look at the actress as the plant loving antagonist:
This transformation begs the question – why? How does a little girl magically age some 15 odd years between seasons while still making sense to viewers? The beauty of comic book shows is that anything is possible.
According to the season 3 synopsis, Ivy finds herself reborn after an encounter with one of the monsters released from Indian Hill. See the entire synopsis below:
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.
Along with an older, more mature (and more than likely much more powerful) Poison Ivy, we also will be getting more story on Penguin, Riddler, Hugo Strange, and newcomers Matt Hatter and the Tweed Brothers.
Bring on the villains!
Gotham returns to Fox on September 29th!