One is tempted to joke “that’s not even her final form!”
TVLine reports former Flash guest star Peyton List will become the third Poison Ivy on FOX’s Gotham. The character, originally conceived as a preadolescent underprivileged girl name Ivy Pepper, was played by Clare Foley in the first and second seasons when the show was focused on telling stories about Gotham City’s villains before they took on their famous identities.
But in the third year, Ivy, um, rapidly developed into a more familiar version of the character played by Maggie Geha. She continued to play the character into recent fourth season episodes, but disappeared after Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) rebuffed her wish to be more involved in their criminal plots. In a statement, producers of Gotham said Ivy’s new form will be “dangerous [and] a live wire of crazy energy,” adding that “she’ll set her sights on Gotham, intent on making the city her own green paradise.”
Considering how much the show has finally embraced its characters’ iconic identities, it makes sense that Ivy will finally hit upon her main goal. But one wonders if Geha will make one more appearance before Ivy once again evolves.
The constant revision of Ivy on Gotham reflects the character’s progressive evolution in the pages of the various Batman titles published by DC Comics. First introduced as a botanist with an immunity to toxins named Lillian Rose in 1966, the character was massively re-imagined by Neil Gaiman following the 1985 reboot of the DC Universe. Renamed Dr. Pamela Isley, the character debuted in the Post-Crisis universe as a deranged eco-terrorist. But her connections to plant-based creatures like Swamp Thing and the Floronic Man would eventually lead to her ability to control any and all plant-life.
It remains to be seen if any of these concepts will migrate to Gotham, but it’s easy to imagine Ivy Pepper adopting a new identity.
Gotham airs Thursdays on FOX.