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Gotham: 9 Things We Learned About Season 3

How the show will handle its new Poison Ivy, Mad Hatter, Solomon Grundy, Killer Croc, and the return of Hugo Strange and the Falcones.

By Jim Vejvoda[1]

I spoke with Gotham[2]‘s executive producers John Stephens and Ken Woodruff and several cast members this week at FOX’s Television Critics Association after party about what fans can expect from Season 3, which premieres September 19th. We’ve already learned that “proto” versions of Killer Croc and Harley Quinn[3] will appear this season, although “you may have already seen Harley[4] as a person that you thought you had met and known for a long time.”

Here are nine more things the Gotham[5] brass and cast revealed to IGN about what’s in store for Season 3, starting with …

How and Why Poison Ivy is All Grown Up Now

With Maggie Geha[6] playing a suddenly older version of an Ivy Pepper heretofore depicted as a child, Stevens explained how the character will be aged up and why they chose to do that. “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,” Stevens explained. “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.”

So if there’s a character who can age someone by years does this open the door for Gotham to age up Bruce so he can become Batman? “We’re not going to be aging Batman up anytime soon,” Stevens said firmly.

No, Poison Ivy and Bruce Wayne Will Not Hook Up

“They’re definitely going to have a relationship with each other. It’s not going to be a romantic one, necessarily. It’s going to be more of a sister figure to him,” said Bruce Wayne actor David Mazouz[7]. “They’ll be very involved with each other. And they will have major influences in each others lives. She will be a major part of his life, especially towards the middle of this season.”

Poison Ivy: Of Super Powers and Being a Femme Fatale

“I don’t think we’ll see any super powers stuff. I think that would be way further down the line especially since this is an origin story show,” said Maggie Geha, who succeeds Clare Foley[8] in the role of Ivy “Pamela” Pepper. “So I think it’s going to be more about discovering how other people perceive her and what means. A lot of people are focused on her sexuality. I think Ivy, in my opinion, doesn’t really feel sexual about anybody. I think if she notices this person is attracted to me, finds me appealing in a sexual way, I’m going to use that to my benefit. It’s more of a manipulative thing than anything.”

Alfred Pennyworth Gets a Love Interest

Exec producer John Stevens revealed that “Alfred finds love. He has a sixteen-year-old boy [Bruce] who, as these things happen, naturally kind of grows away from him. And suddenly someone enters his life who is connected to another character and Alfred is left with the idea of the possibility of another life there and it gives us a great storyline.”

Lee Thompkins Trades a Cop for a Crook

The Gotham brass previously revealed that Dr. Leslie Thompkins (played by Morena Baccarin), who has broken up with Jim Gordon even as she expects his child, will have a new love interest this season. And it’s a fella from the opposite side of the law than her ex. “He’s the scion of a particular Gotham crime family. I think hardcore fans their minds will immediately go to one person,” said Stevens.

Could that “one person” Stevens is alluding to be either Alberto Falcone or his brother Mario? Possibly, considering what Stevens’ fellow writer and exec producer  Ken Woodruff said to me in a separate conversation: “You will definitely see family of Carmine Falcone and you will definitely see Carmine Falcone. He is not gone. He’s definitely still around.”

How and When Solomon Grundy Will Appear

John Stevens was coy about how exactly the show would realize the zombified character, who will appear later in Season 3: “It’s difficult to do that without giving too much away but the idea of one is reincarnation, which is one where we obviously already crossed that hurdle. And the idea that someone would want to create reincarnation? Who out there would want to be interested in reincarnation?” Oh, say maybe Hugo Strange or Fish Mooney? Stevens also ruled out Grundy being an existing, living character who gets killed and is then brought back as Grundy: “When Solomon Grundy[9] comes on, he will be a character we have not yet met.”

How Soon Will We See Killer Croc?

“The Killer Croc[10] thing we’ll see right at the beginning of the series. We’ll see like a proto version of that,” said Stevens. Croc has already been cast but “he’s not somebody famous right now,” according to Stevens, who declined to reveal the actor’s identity.

The (Brief) Return of Professor Hugo Strange

“He’s back in the second episode,” Stevens said, but don’t expect B.D. Wong to be in this season as much as last season. “Right now it’s a shorter arc. It’s like I said on the panel of the idea that we want to continually populate our world so we can pull those people in, especially when we can use New York actors and they’re available and we can bring them in. Because if you can bring Fish in and Hugo Strange[11] in again and again, I think it makes the world seem full.”

Will Their Mad Hatter Be Influenced by the Arkham Games?

The Mad Hatter as seen in Arkham Origins.

The Mad Hatter as seen in Arkham Origins.

The Walking Dead’s Benedict Samuel will play the Mad Hatter[12], aka Jervis Tetch, in Season 3. Given how creepy Tetch was in the Arkham video games — a series that also popularized future Gotham villain Hugo Strange — have the games influenced the show’s take on the character at all? “No, not really honestly,” said Stevens. “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.”

Gotham Season 3 premieres September 19th on FOX.

Gotham: Season 3

References

  1. ^ Jim Vejvoda (people.ign.com)
  2. ^ Gotham (www.ign.com)
  3. ^ Killer Croc and Harley Quinn (www.ign.com)
  4. ^ may have already seen Harley (www.ign.com)
  5. ^ Gotham (uk.ign.com)
  6. ^ Maggie Geha (uk.ign.com)
  7. ^ David Mazouz (uk.ign.com)
  8. ^ succeeds Clare Foley (www.ign.com)
  9. ^ Solomon Grundy (uk.ign.com)
  10. ^ Killer Croc (uk.ign.com)
  11. ^ Hugo Strange (uk.ign.com)
  12. ^ Benedict Samuel will play the Mad Hatter (www.ign.com)
       
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