With the upcoming third season of “Gotham,” FOX’s Batman prequel series is ready to introduce more members from the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery this year including The Court of Owls, The Mad Hatter, Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy, and a grown-up version of Poison Ivy.
The latter has raised eyebrows with many wondering how they would go about it. During a post-TCA interview just published by IGN, producer John Stephens cleared up the issue of how Ivy Pepper has suddenly aged from a pre-teen to a grown woman:
“The idea of Poison Ivy came along because one of the escapees from Indian Hill has the power when he touches you he takes away years of your life, he ages you immediately. So he touches Ivy early on but he didn’t hold onto her for very long so he does a little bit of aging [to her]. So for us we really wanted to play with the idea of transformation. Version one of the character, version two. And so much of Ivy of the canon that we wanted to play, we had to make her a little older.”
Stephens says Killer Croc has already been cast and is essentially an unknown, but will be a ‘proto version’ of the reptilian character and will come in very early in the season. Then there’s Solomon Grundy which Stephens confirms will NOT be an existing character that dies and gets resurrected – rather he’s someone completely new to the series.
He also says Benedict Samuel’s take on Jervis Tetch (aka. The Mad Hatter) is not a straight adaptation of the “Batman: Arkham” video game series version – rather he’s a mix of comic origin elements:
“I feel like the character’s an amalgam as much anything. There’s a little bit of the reality from the Brubaker books but also from the New 52 and the Snyder books. There’s some of that, too. From the Batman Mad series in terms of the emotional drive that he has. Benedict is definitely taller than most versions of Jervis but he plays it with a level of naturalistic insanity that I think, he really fills out that pantheon really, really well. But, no, there’s no influence from the games.”
That’s the villains sorted, but what about other DC heroes? Young Bruce Wayne actor David Mazouz tells the outlet that he hopes that a teenage Clark Kent will pop up sometime soon on the series:
“I think it’d be really cool to have a young Clark Kent on the show. To have a 15-year-old Clark Kent. I know in Batman v Superman they played it like Metropolis and Gotham are twin cities, so it wouldn’t be that hard to take a boat ride over for Clark.”
“Gotham” returns for a third season on September 19th 2016.