GOTHAM Producer Teases 'The Joker'; Reveals Reason For Poison Ivy's Name Change

GOTHAM Producer Teases 'The Joker'; Reveals Reason For Poison Ivy's Name Change

In the following interview, Bruno Heller talks more about how Gotham will introduce The Joker in the series, before going on to drop some spoilers about the pilot episode and the reason that the young Poison Ivy (a.k.a. Pamela Isly) has been given a new name. Check it out!


Following the panel at the Television Critics Association press tour today, IGN TV caught up with Gotham Executive Producer Bruno Heller to ask about the recent rumours that we'll see a possible Joker in each episode of the season before one is revealed as being a younger version of the Clown Prince of Crime. "We will be playing with...Not just with Joker. Half the fun with all of these characters is who is going to turn into what and when? Certainly the Joker is a good example. In the pilot, you see there’s a comedian there. People immediately leap...And that’s really letting the audience do our work for us. Because I haven’t said anything about that guy and people go there!" So, do they still intend to introduce the villain at some point, and if so, will they indeed tease his origin story? "Yeah, we’ll play with that down the line. Not over the course of one season, no, because people will still get tired of that. 'Is that the Joker? Is that the Joker?' No. In a subtle way, we’ll be doing that and hopefully we’ll fool them in the end."

Now, a lot has been made out of the fact that Clare Foley's young Poison Ivy has been renamed Ivy Pepper in Gotham. A lot of fans aren't happy (or are simply confused) about the fact that this alteration has been made, especially as the the promo posters for the series have not used the Pamela Isley name. "It’s really about being able to tell the secret histories of these stories. If you just re-tell stories exactly as they’ve been told before, whilst you’re being true to the created mythology, you’re not really adding anything to it. So you have to find ways of finding more. And in this case, we’ve set up a situation in which Ivy Pepper, her mom is sick, her dad is dead… She’s going to go to the orphanage. And she’s a nice young girl; relatively undamaged. And she will find people to adopt her. And then we will start on the Poison Ivy story that people are familiar with." It certainly sounds as if they have big plans for the character!
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