Of the many proto-Batman figures FOX’s Gotham has introduced in two seasons, perhaps none has seemed so bizarre as the pilot’s “Ivy Pepper,” a young figure implied to be the series’ take on Poison Ivy, and occasionally reappearing in minor roles. Now, it looks like Season 3 will course-correct to introduce a real Poison Ivy, aged up and recast.

Per TVLine, Season 3 will officially elevate the role of Poison Ivy to series regular, recasting the role played by Clare Foley toward “an actress in her late teens to assume the now-series regular role of the would-be eco-terrorist.” Presumably, the new star will represent the same Ivy Pepper, renamed from the comics’ Dr. Pamela Isley.

It also seems likely that the new Ivy represents TVLine’s previous character description of “a young villainess who uses her sexuality to entrap men,” which certainly ranks among one of the creepier ways Gotham could have made this transition.

Elsewhere, Season 3 will also introduce us to Gotham’s take on Batman villain Jervis Tetch, better known as the Mad Hatter, along with the Tweedle brothers, Vicki Vale, the Court of Owls, Talon, and a more true-to-comics Solomon Grundy than Arrow offered. Lest we forget, a certain laughing madman made a distinctly audible return in the Season 2 finale, and will likely resurface as well.

We’ll learn more of Gotham Season 3 in the coming months, but what other course-corrections might Gotham make in the next few years?


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