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New ‘Gotham’ Character Portraits Include Poison Ivy And Her Completely Different Name

Viewers have had plenty of opportunities to see the lead characters of Fox’s new not-Batman-we’re-serious series Gotham staring ahead and looking solemn, but they haven’t seen everyone just yet.

Entertainment Weekly has published eight new character portaits, and though they include some familiar faces — Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett-Smith as Fish Mooney, and David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, to name a few –the feature also comes with some new ones. Not only are viewers getting their first really good look at Edward Nygma, a.k.a. the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), they’re also seeing the show’s version of Poison Ivy, played by Clare Foley. You’ll notice she’s not Pamela Isley anymore.


Yup, it’s “Ivy Pepper.” Why’d they change it? Who knows? Why’d they make Star City into Starling City on Arrow? Why does anyone do anything?

Each image is also accompanied by a brief character description. Here’s Ivy’s: “Not too much known about the Gotham version of her character yet. Likes plants, though.” That seems like basis enough for a name change, doesn’t it?

And here are the seven other images, with character descriptions:



Jim Gordon (McKenzie): “Idealistic new kid in town; a good cop saddled with a cynical partner who’s determined to play by the rules in a city that doesn’t have any.”




Harvey Bullock (Logue): “Gordon’s pragmatic, cynical partner.”



Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Camren Bicondova): “A dangerous teen orphan and agile master thief adept at navigating the labyrinthian city.”



Fish Mooney (Pinkett-Smith): “A new character to this world — an underworld gangster, club owner and boss of [Oswald] Cobblepot.”




Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor): “The psychopathic umbrella-touting underling for crime boss Fish Mooney, who is full of secret ambitions.”




Bruce Wayne/Not Batman (Mazouz): “Newly orphaned with enormous wealth, a 12-year-old seeking a new purpose for his life after witnessing his parent’s [sic] murder.”




Edward Nygma (Smith): “A brilliant young forensic scientist working at Gotham PD with a penchant for speaking in, um, cryptic language.”

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