‘Gotham’ Recasts Poison Ivy, Introduces A Ton Of New Villains For Season 3

Poison Ivy has a new face! There’s a new Poison Ivy in town on the TV series Gotham, and it’s none other than Maggie Geha. We’re learning that the role was recast from Clare Foley, 14, to Geha, 28, because they wanted to age up the character after the first two seasons.

This change will happen when Ivy Pepper is “reborn.” According to Fox, the character is “one step closer to the DC villain she is destined to become: Poison Ivy.” Geha’s role as Poison Ivy isn’t the only detail that’s come out about the upcoming season 3 of Gotham.

It’s said that the Penguin character, played by Robin Lord Taylor, is going through a transformation of sorts. Taylor said the following of Penguin’s role in Season 3.

“Oswald will try to be the most powerful man he can be. He learned so much in Season 2. Now he has the means and knowledge, he knows what it is to be the king of Gotham and how difficult it is. On the death of his mother, Nygma told him, ‘You’re free to do whatever you want now. To love someone is to be weak, vulnerable.’ Now he can be as ruthless as he wants. I think he will take that advice.”

Some TV shows have inserted the current presidential election into their shows, and it looks like Season 3 of Gotham will somewhat parallel what’s going on in current society, even though the world is different from reality.

Corey Michael Smith, who plays The Riddler, opened up about the parallels that Gotham’s viewers will see.

“Gotham, like many superhero stories, is a parallel of today’s society, of what happens every day, and in the third season, in the fall, when the United States will stand preparing to face one of the most important presidential elections in their history, even Gotham will address in parallel the issue.”

As the Inquisitr pointed out, Season 3 of Gotham starts two months before the 2016 elections, September 19, which raises a few questions on how this will change the show, if at all. That said, it looks like everyone at FOX is very pleased with the show via a response for the L.A.Times.

“It takes a very special team to tell the tales of Gotham. For the past two seasons, Bruno, Danny and John have masterfully honored the mythology of Gotham and brought it to life with depth, emotion and memorable high drama. This incredibly talented cast has redefined these iconic characters for a new generation, and we couldn’t be more proud of this show.”

As for the villains on the show, Poison Ivy isn’t the only “new face” to come into the series. While this will be the first time viewers are seeing Poison Ivy as an adult on Gotham, there’s only new villains coming on the show.

While Season 2 brought in villains like Mr. Freeze, Hugo Strange, and Clayface, Season 3 will see the Mad Hatter, and the Tweedle Brothers, producer John Stephens told Comic Book Resources,

“We’ll be seeing Mad Hatter in Season 3. We’ll be seeing the Tweedle Brothers, too, if we’re going to bring the Hatter in. In line with the Court of Owls, we’ll be seeing Talon. And, we should be seeing Solomon Grundy.”

Aside from the villains, Gotham also has plans to introduce Valerie Vale, who is Batman’s aunt. It’s been decided that Jamie Chung will play Vicki Vale and will be included in the upcoming season.

She will join stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, Carmen Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Nicholas D’Agosto, Morena Baccarin, and Michael Chiklis.

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