Fans of Gotham can rejoice, the show returned to FOX last night for its third season. The show will tells the story of Bruce Wayne’s journey to becoming Batman as well as the origins of some of his most infamous enemies is back with a bang.The third season will continues the stories built up in the second season, and will see certain characters take one step closer to becoming the infamous comic book characters we know them as. One of the biggest steps taken by a character is the sudden growth of Ivy Pepper/ Poison Ivy. Clare Foley portrayed the character in the first and second season as a young teenager. The show wanted to bring in the seductive nature of the character so they aged her and brought in Maggie Geha to play her in the new season.
Executive Producer Ken Woodruff recently spoke to Hollywood Reporter about the recent changes to the character: “We made the change for two reasons: The character Ivy in the comics, one of her greatest powers is the power of seduction. Everyone was much more comfortable with that with an older actress as opposed to a teenager. We want to explore that classic, canonical power of Ivy. And we didn’t just make her older with that attack. When she’s changed and transformed, there’s a real character change as well. She’ll still have some of the same traits, but she’ll be much darker, more manipulative than the Ivy we’ve seen so far. There’s a more evil quality to her as well. It’s more than just physical.”
Maggie Geha herself also spoke about the changes to the character: “Ivy has been reborn, and she is completely different, on the inside as well as out. Ivy’s main passion in life is plants and nature. She doesn’t have any real regard for people. She still has a little bit of the Little Ivy in her; she’s not completely-completely changed. I think that Little Ivy is sort of relishing in the physical transformation and realizing all the power that she now has and what she can do to people and how she can manipulate people. She’s definitely transforming into a darker version of herself.”
We for one welcome the change, it is an interest change to make to the character, as it is such a drastic change, suddenly aging her. It’ll be interesting to see if there are any big changes made to other major characters.
Gotham airs on FOX Monday’s at 8pm PM ET/PT.