With Gotham hitting screens again tonight, we’re all wondering what the story is going to be with Jerome and Poison Ivy.
Well, Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan) – the proto-Joker – died last season and is now confirmed back with the legion of undead villains (here) and Poison Ivy has gone from being a little girl to a grown woman (here) seemingly overnight.
And we know it’s really embracing its comic roots, but we want answers, dammit!
Now Gotham producer Ken Woodruff has been talking about Jerome’s death and how it took attention off Joker and pretty much stopped people wondering if he WAS the crime prince of crime (for the record, we loved Jerome’s Joker): “Jerome was always supposed to be the inspiration for The Joker. Maybe he’ll go through an evolution that’ll end up becoming the actual Joker that we all know. The whole idea was that he was supposed to be the inspiration for it.”
So Jerome may well be THE Joker after all? Well, look, Gotham is firmly its own universe and take of the Batman mythos, so we say let it ride…
(Continues after Cameron Monaghan has some Joker-related fun)
And where are the clowns? Quick, send in the clowns.
— Cameron Monaghan (@cameronmonaghan) September 14, 2016
Ok, what about Poison Ivy? The jump from Clare Foley to Maggie Geha will not be missed by fans: “What we really wanted to accomplish, for me especially and for some of us in the room, one of the core elements that Poison Ivy brought, one of her core powers was this ability to seduce. It felt like it was more easily accomplished with the sort of aged up, older Ivy and it wouldn’t be off putting. It was just one of those skills that we were like it was an opportunity we were missing out on. Not only does she change when she comes back physically, but mentally she’s much, much further down the line in terms of getting close to the canon Poison Ivy that we all know.”
So she was changed so she could be sexy and seductive? Couldn’t we just not have that Ivy yet? because, unless there’s some solid explaining going on, this is going to be a tough corner to get out of.
That said, we have faith in Gotham and if it can improve like season 2 did (compared to season 1) then we could be in for something special indeed.
Gotham season 3 premieres tonight (September 19th).