It was first revealed earlier this summer that “Gotham” was making some big changes to the character of Ivy. After two seasons playing the character, Clare Foley would be departing the role, and in her place would be Maggie Geha. The reason for this is that the series is aging up the character, and giving her a role that seems in some ways to be more akin to the one Batman fans are familiar with.
The photo above marks your first look at Geha (via TVInsider), and it definitely gives you a sense that the show is going in a very different direction with this character. As previously reported, the character’s sudden change will be explained as an aftereffect of an interaction Ivy has with one of the escapees from Hugo Strange’s Indian Hill. Foley will return to reprise her version of the character early this season before the transformation occurs.
Hopefully, this turnaround offers up an opportunity for the show to repair one of the flimsier origin stories that they have created since inception. In the comics, Poison Ivy wasn’t even named Ivy in the first place — she was Dr. Pamela Isley, and we haven’t seen anywhere near that story on the show so far. Giving her a new identity, and if they chose to, a new name would help explain away some of the differences and get the character on a different trajectory.
New episodes of the series will kick off later this fall; expect to see Geha for a significant portion of what lies ahead.
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