Since we reported to you many weeks back that the character of Poison Ivy on Gotham was going to be “aged-up” from a teenager to a twenty-something year old adult, fans have been scratching their heads as to why the switch. Especially since actress Clare Foley was providing an eerily good performance as the young Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy, best friend to the teenage Selina Kyle in the first two seasons of the series. As it would turn out, it had absolutely nothing to do with Foley’s onscreen performance.The showrunners for Gotham had decided that they wanted to show off the character’s other special ability, her seductive charm. You can’t do that with a teenager, well you can but not in this show, so it was decided that Foley be replaced with 28-year-old actress, Maggie Geha.
“We made the change for two reasons: The character Ivy in the comics, one of her greatest powers is the power of seduction,” executive producer Ken Woodruff explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “Everyone was much more comfortable with that with an older actress as opposed to a teenager. We want to explore that classic, canonical power of Ivy. And we didn’t just make her older with that attack. When she’s changed and transformed, there’s a real character change as well. She’ll still have some of the same traits, but she’ll be much darker, more manipulative than the Ivy we’ve seen so far. There’s a more evil quality to her as well. It’s more than just physical.”
For Maggie Geha’s thoughts on the switch, catch the interview in the viewer below.
Fish Mooney (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith) takes matters into her own hands to locate Hugo Strange (guest star BD Wong), forcing Gordon to reluctantly team up with journalist Valerie Vale (guest star Jamie Chung) to find her. Penguin rises in popularity after criticizing the work of the GCPD and Bruce’s investigation of the Court of Owls is compromised. Meanwhile, Ivy Pepper (Maggie Geha) is reintroduced into Gotham city.
The cast features Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Maggie Geha as the future Poison Ivy, and Michael Chiklis as Detective Nathaniel Barnes.
The guest cast includes Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, BD Wong as Hugo Strange, Jamie Chung as Valerie Vale, Nicholas Calhoun as Nick, and Leslie Hendrix as Kathryn.
“Mad City: Burn The Witch…” episode of Gotham will air Monday, September 26 at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX.
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