Gotham recasts Scarecrow as Season 4 gears up for return

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Jan 26, 2018

Gotham can't seem to hold on to its villains. Earlier, we got our first look at the third Ivy Pepper (in four seasons!) in the trailer for the back half of Season 4. But another character is getting recast.

Jonathan Crane, aka the Scarecrow, is getting a new actor, TVLine reports. Originally played by Charlie Tahan, the young actor's regular role in Ozark, recently picked up for a second season at Netflix, precludes him from returning to Gotham. Taking over the role is David W. Thompson (Blue Ruin, Green Room).

Jonathan Crane has only appeared in four episodes of Gotham so far. His backstory was established in Season 1, when his father injects him with a fear toxin that leaves him in perpetual terror. When we next see Crane, it is at the start of Season 4. He is in Gotham Asylum and forced to recreate his father's toxins for corrupt guards. Crane gets his fears under control and uses the toxin to escape. Once on the outside, Crane becomes his diabolical alter ego, the Scarecrow, and uses his toxin to wreak havoc on the city.

The Scarecrow returns to Gotham this spring, with Thompson donning the mask. Ivy Pepper, originally played by Clare Foley, followed by Maggie Geha, will now be played by Peyton List (Frequency, The Flash). The show returns to Fox on March 1 at 8 p.m.