Just as it looks like Poison Ivy is set to get a bigger role in the new storyline for the upcoming season 3 of “Gotham,” she is also set to become bigger literally, with the role officially being recast to an older actress.
Entertainment Weekly reported that the new actress who will be playing the new live action television version the babe of botany is Maggie Geha, who will play the character as a series regular after taking it over from Clare Foley, who previously played the recurring role in the prior seasons.
As a series-long origin story adaptation of the famous fictional DC Comics city before the time of the Batman, “Gotham” is set during the younger days of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) before he donned the cowl of the flying bat. As such, most of the characters have been aged down including the show’s version of Poison Ivy/Ivy “Pamela” Pepper. As another prepubescent teenager, Foley fit right alongside Mazouz and Camren Bicondova, who plays the younger version of Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
As a character who has previously existed in a show, the news of the show’s version of Poison Ivy’s civilian identity suddenly being recast with an older actress might seem confusing. After all, Foley has played the role as a young girl for the past two seasons and it suddenly got recast into a portrayal by an older woman.
It turns out that the show’s writers will be embracing even more of the series’ more supernatural elements; unsurprising, considering the massive change in thematic tone that the latter parts of season 2 took.
According to the older Ivy’s character description, Clare Foley’s younger version of the character will end up in an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill. She will then end up inexplicably aged up into a 19-year-old version of herself, who has “harnessed the full power of her charms” and will be going after Bruce.
The older version of Poison Ivy will join the likes of the Mad Hatter, the Court of Owls, and Solomon Grundy for the upcoming season. Executive producer John Stephens confirmed the introduction of the other villains in an interview with Comic Book Resources.
Catch the new villains make a mess of the city when “Gotham” returns on Sept. 19.