One of the many potential villains rolled out in the first two seasons of Gotham is getting a reboot in the show's third year.
It was in the very first episode of Gotham that we met "Ivy Pepper," a young woman played by Clare Foley (image below) and strongly implied to be the future Poison Ivy, the seductive eco-terrorist of the comics and probably Batman's best-known female adversary after Catwoman and Harley Quinn. But while she has resurfaced from time to time, nothing much has been done to advance her evolution into one of the show's many full-fledged villains.
Well, that's about to change. According to TVLine (via Screencrush), Poison Ivy is getting a new start in Season 3 as a major character. She's going to be recast, for one, with the show looking for "an actress in her late teens to assume the now-series regular role of the would-be eco-terrorist.”
It's not clear whether the new actress will still be playing the same character as Foley or a brand-new version, but it would be nice to see the latter, perhaps with her proper name of Dr. Pamela Isley restored.
Poison Ivy has been a staple of Batman comics since 1966, and she's made numerous appearances in various animated DC series and video games as well. Sadly, the general public is probably most familiar with the character through Uma Thurman's awful, beyond campy portrayal of her in 1997's Batman and Robin. While Gotham hasn't exactly nailed any definitive portrayals of its rogues gallery yet, hopefully the series will do better by Ivy than that misbegotten movie.
Ivy will join the Mad Hatter, Talon, the Tweedle Brothers, Solomon Grundy and other new villains during Season 3 of Gotham this fall. Do you think re-introducing her is a good idea, and which other classic Bat-foes should get some airtime?