'Gotham's' New Recasting Decision Will Make Your Skin Crawl
One of the biggest, loudest criticisms against Gotham is that while Jim Gordon is the ostensible central protagonist, we’re still forced to make sense of a young teen (future) Batman coming up against all of his already middle-aged foes. One of my favorite elements of Gotham has always been Bruce’s relationship with Selina, because exploring what that dynamic would be between two children is at least an interesting idea that makes some amount of sense.
But things that are interesting and make sense aren’t exactly what Gotham is into. So in planning season three, they’ve been talking about exploring Bruce Wayne’s “playboy persona.”
We’re going to see him start to develop this playboy persona that he inevitably ends up faking [when he’s a grown man]. As he explores that, he’ll get lost and cross this line where coming back will be very difficult.
And from the sound of it, they’ve made a recasting decision in an effort to help him out with his expedited need for a sexy reputation.
Ivy Pepper is Gotham’s version of Poison Ivy. She’s been portrayed on the show as a sweet, strange child with a disturbing and tragic home life and a green thumb that veers toward dark manifestations.
This was Ivy:
But starting next season, this is Ivy:
That’s not creating a new character. This is still Ivy Pepper. Except now, according to Den of Geek, she’s basically still the same little girl… just only on the inside.
The mentality of the Ivy we have in our world is not the same as the Ivy who exists in the canon. She’s a bit more of a loose cannon. And so she goes and creates a great deal of havoc in our world. And because she is still a 14-year-old, 15-year-old street teenager in the body of a 25-year-old woman, she doesn’t know how to act in the world yet, and so she has to fumble her way about.
That, combined with the mention of exploring Bruce Wayne’s playboy reputation, FOR SURE means we’re going to get some gross Mrs. Robinson seduction scenes, right? And probably some super gross fetishizing of a child’s brain in a woman’s body, which— just to be clear— is simply a means to try to justify how to sexualize a child, and SUPER NOT OKAY.