Poison Ivy is by far one of Batman and DC Comics’ most infamous villains, and has not had much success coming back into the superhero universe fold since 1997’s Batman & Robin (I choose not to think about this movie). Since an uptick in comic book popularity and a main role in the Harley Quinn animated series on HBO Max, it makes sense that she is finding her way back into the spotlight. The CW’s Batwoman is introducing the classic supervillain, but not in the way fans may expect.
If you’ve been keeping up with Batwoman, you know things have gotten a little complicated for Dr. Mary Hamilton (played by Nicole Kang), Kate Kane’s stepsister and illegal Gotham City clinic operator. Hamilton was infected by one of Poison Ivy’s vines and turned into—as I’m sure you guessed—Poison Ivy.
“I was really emotional. I burst into tears. It has given me purpose and drive, and ultimately, I’m really proud of how Poison Ivy came out. What I’m most proud of is that it is rooted in history, both comic and fashion history. And it is culturally conscious. And then I am what’s inside of it, what’s filling it. And as a Korean girl, that’s when it all came together.”
As in the comics, the Arrowverse’s Dr. Pamela Isley also eventually falls subject to her comic book fate, and takes on the identity of Poison Ivy. This is why there were poisonous vines around to infect Mary in the third episode of season three, “Freeze,” even though Isley herself hasn’t shown up in the series yet. In the episode, “How Does Your Garden Grow?”, Mary and the Bat-Team discover she’s been blacking out during the day and attacking people, as the vines have given her Ivy’s power over plants, red hair, and the supervillainous attitude on life.
When asked about her experience as the iconically glamorous botanic supervillain, Nicole Kang stated, “I’m so excited to bring you Poison Ivy.” Excited, she continues on by saying, “She’s here… finally! That’s a sentence I never thought I’d say. Wow. In our story, I am most proud that Poison Ivy is an Asian villain whose danger does not stem from her foreignness or her mystique. Instead, we discover her personal motivations alongside those of the OG Poison Ivy’s and see them intertwine in an organic and powerful way. I am so humbled to be a Korean girl in line behind THE Uma Thurman to play the next live action Poison Ivy (what?!). Hopefully the future holds space for others like me and beyond to portray one hell of a character. For everything you’ve let me feel, scream, and become through you, Poison Ivy- thank you.”
The original Poison Ivy/Dr. Pamela Isley hasn’t been active on the show, only mentioned, but she’s definitely on the way. Jane the Virgin’s Bridget Regan has been cast as Isley, and the meeting of the two botanic villains could cause more harm than good. The third season is currently airing on the CW on Wednesdays.
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