It was already announced that is season three of Gotham, there would be some changes to the character of Poison Ivy. First and foremost, the young actress who played the Ivy, Clare Foley would be recast with an actress, Maggie Geha. Last night on Gotham seemed to start that process for the audience.
Fish Mooney’s gang had cornered Ms. Peabody while trying to find Hugo Strange as he is their only hope for retaining the use of their powers without hurting themselves as they bodies were rejecting their new abilities. Ivy happened to be following her friend Selina Kyle and dropped in unexpectedly. Mooney’s super powered friends gave chase after Ivy. One of Mooney’s friends has the ability to literally steal your years and age you to death with a touch. He briefly touched Ivy and then she fell into a river.
It’s assumed that due to this touch, we will get to see the new and improved Ivy as she as now aged and going forward will be played by Geha. So why did they go through such a dramatic change in actresses for the character? Gotham executive producer Ken Woodruff explains why they felt there needed to be a change.
“We made the change for two reasons: The character Ivy in the comics, one of her greatest powers is the power of seduction. 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.”
That does make sense in regards to having “Ivy the seductress” on the show instead of young Ivy. It will be interesting to see what changes the character goes through as part of her change. Maggie Geha also gave a little bit of information about the new Ivy as well.