"Batman" fans know Poison Ivy as a plant-loving queen of seduction, but the character wasn't really living up to expectations in the first two seasons of Fox's "Gotham." Now, actress Maggie Geha will get a crack at the role of Ivy Pepper, bringing an adult Ivy to the series just when Gotham City teeters on the brink of chaos.
Up until this point, Ivy was played by teen actress Clare Foley. Some might wonder how "Gotham" will rationalize the sudden, rapid aging of the one of its key characters (Geha is twice as old as Foley at 28) while everyone else stays the same age. Season Two dealt with Hugo Strange and his experiments at the Indian Hill research facility, and those events will play heavily into Ivy's story in the upcoming season.
"One of the creatures that escaped from Indian Hill [in May's finale] has the power to age people," "Gotham" Executive Producer John Stephens told TV Insider. "Sometimes he uses it to kill people; other times he doesn't get to complete the process."
In the comics, Poison Ivy's alter ego is Pamela Isley, a botanist and biochemist turned supervillain and eco-terrorist. She uses toxins and pheremones derived from plants to poison and manipulate her adversaries. Created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, Ivy first appeared in 1966's "Batman" #181. She recently starred in her own miniseries, "Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death," by Amy Chu and Clay Mann.
Aside from Poison Ivy's radical change, season three of "Gotham" will delve deeper into "Batman" lore including the Court of the Owls, the Mad Hatter, the Tweedle brothers -- not to mention Bruce Wayne's mysterious doppelganger introduced in the season finale.
"Gotham" Season 3 debuts Monday, September 19, 2016 on Fox.