‘Gotham’ Is Getting A New, All-Grown-Up Poison Ivy

Gotham has fully embraced its batsh*t craziness, with a season two finale which unleashed a whole bus full of villains, including one who looks just like Bruce Wayne (but with long hair, because he’s eeeeevil), a resurrected Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), and a hint at the return of Joker-or-not-Joker. But those aren’t the only villains coming to season three. We recently learned the show will also soon introduce Vicki Vale, Solomon Grundy, the Tweedle Brothers (Dumfree and Deever Tweeds), Talon (of the Court of Owls), and the Mad Hatter (Jervis Tetch).

But they’re not even stopping there, because this show is bonkers. They also want to reboot a character who’s already on the show and then hope we don’t notice, because (as previously mentioned) this show is bonkers.

Clare Foley played the child version of Poison Ivy in nine episodes of the forty-five episodes aired so far, including the pilot where she was introduced as a young, strange orphan called “Ivy Pepper” instead of Dr. Pamela Isley. It seemed like an odd place to start a character like Poison Ivy, several years away from being age-appropriate to portray a femme fatale with a doctorate. Fox apparently noticed the incongruence as well.

Although there was nothing wrong with Foley’s performance, Fox wants to introduce a grown-up version of Poison Ivy (and put her in more episodes) when Gotham returns for season three. TV Line reports Foley won’t be returning, and the show is now looking for “an actress in her late teens to assume the now-series regular role of the would-be eco-terrorist.”

Gotham executive producer John Stephens also recently told TV Line that — with the release of that bus full of villains — “the nature of the city of Gotham will change.” Poison Ivy could change the nature of the city, for sure. Also, now that she’s an adult, they can introduce her girlfriend Harley Quinn, right?

(Via TV Line)