|Real name:||Pamela Lillian Isley|
|Aliases:|| Poison Ivy|
|Affiliation:|| Bane (Enforcer)|
Mr. Freeze (Ex-Partner)
Dr. Jason Woodrue (Boss)
|Characteristics:|| Gender - Female|
Hair - Brown (before transformation) Red (after transformation)
Eyes - Green
|Portrayed by:||Uma Thurman|
|Appearances:||Batman & Robin|
- "I am Nature's arm. Her spirit. Her will. Hell, I am Mother Nature, and the time has come for plants to take back the world so rightfully ours because it's not nice to fool with Mother Nature!"
- ―Poison Ivy[src]
Poison Ivy was the alias of Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley.
Half-woman and half-plant, Poison Ivy is a crafty and seductive eco-terrorist. Just as her name indicated, her exterior is as beautiful as ivy, but her interior is as deadly as poison.
Pamela Isley was a scientist and botanist who specialized in several types of flowers in a lab in South America, with her work sponsored and funded by Wayne Enterprises. She hated the way the world treated its plant life and attempted several experiments including using a South American rattlesnake and other venomous fluids to give flowers the chance to fight back against "the thoughtless ravages of man," but each one failed.
Her employer and co-worker, Dr. Jason Woodrue, was constantly taking her venom samples back to his area of the lab for reasons unknown to her.
Wanting to find out once and for all what he was up to, she crept into his lab and watched in horror as he used some of her venom to create a powerful super-soldier called Bane.
Dr. Woodrue spots her and after dragging her back to her lab, tells her that Wayne Enterprises cut off their funding, but had it not been for Pamela's research, he would never have succeeded. He asks her to join him, but Pamela refuses, saying that he had corrupted her research for world-domination, and demanded to be set free.
Unfortunately, Woodrue - who is not good with rejection - decided to kill Pamela, pushing her into her table of animal-plant toxins, along with her rattlesnake and the same venom that created Bane.
He left her, allowing the poisons to burn a grave for her deep within the earth she loves so much, unaware that they were actually creating one of the deadliest and most seductive villains mankind had ever known.
Sometime later, Woodrue entered the former Dr. Isley's dormant area of the lab, conversing with the winning bidder of Bane on his cell-phone. Suddenly, Pamela's grave begins to stir and in a pink eruption, the so-called dead scientist re-emerges as a goddess of irresistible, seductive beauty: slightly disheveled magenta-red hair that was nonetheless long and lush and brushed her shoulders, heavily-lidded chlorophyll-green eyes, and severely ravaged clothes set off a tall, slender, yet voluptuous figure to full advantage. Dr. Woodrue, who had expected Pamela to be dead, was instantly smitten with her, to the extent that he fell to his knees.
The former Isley seemingly shrugged off her apparent death as a good night's rest, while her dumbstruck boss looked on. She revealed that the animal plant toxins had made a "unique effect" on her, replacing her blood with aloe, her skin with chlorophyll and after kissing Woodroe who immediately kissed her back that her lips were filled with venom thus making her poisonous. She then pushed him backwards, with Woodrue choking and finally dying.
Her revenge complete, Isley then trashed her part of the lab, shattering vials, spilling chemicals and finally starting a fire, all the while proclaiming herself "Mother Nature" deciding that she would use her new persona for floral world domination. Catching the logo of her now-former work sponsor on a nearby vial, she plots the next step of her plan. With Bane in tow, she heads for Gotham City leaving the whole lab to burn to the ground.
Arrival in Gotham
A week later, Isley arrived at Gotham airport, putting ten security guards in hospital and leaving a businessman dead by her poisoned kiss and stealing his limousine. Heading towards Gotham, with Bane as her chauffeur, she hears on the radio that Bruce Wayne is unveiling a special telescope at Gotham Observatory, so she puts on a wig and disguises herself in her previous identity of Pamela Isley and decides to go there.
She sneaks in while Bruce is taking a press conference and despite her rude entrance, her pollen charms the philanthropist as he greets her warmly, asking what he can do for her.
After introducing herself to Bruce, she tells him that she had already been working for him in South America. Bruce explains they cut their funding because of Woodrue's military activities.
Isley hands him a proposal stating how Wayne Enterprises can stop all actions that pollute the environment. Bruce admires her intentions but tells her that by using these actions, it would cause millions of people to die of cold and hunger alone. He hands it back to her stating that people come first.
Isley responds by calling them "mammals" and threatens them, saying that plants will reclaim this planet and there will be no one to protect them. Everyone laughs and Gossip Gerty, one of the journalists, says that Batman and Robin protect them "even from plants and flowers".
Bruce hands her an invitation to the "Save the Rainforest" charity ball at the Gotham Plaza, with Batman and Robin as the special guests.
After saying a rueful goodbye to Bruce, Isley leaves and starts plotting how to get the Dynamic Duo out of the way so that Gotham would be hers for the greening.
Crashing the Party
At Gotham Plaza, dances are taking place. Batman and Robin are there with many rich business men who are bidding money for several beautiful flower girls such as Lily and Magnolia.
Suddenly, the original music dies down, and all the people turn to see a pink furry gorilla dancing to a new tune while removing and pulling off the hands and the head of its costume, revealing a woman who was as beautiful and sensual as a goddess of nature: her lush waist-length red hair was adorned by red roses and green ivy leaves, her eyebrows are adorned by more ivy leaves, and there was a confident sultry smile on her full glossy lips.
It is Isley, who then holds out her hand and blows out a pink pheromone dust, causing some of her audience - especially Batman and Robin - to become thoroughly enraptured with her. She finally takes off the entire costume to reveal an emerald-green ivy leaf swimsuit with green tights, and high-heeled shoes, all of which set off her voluptuous figure to perfection.
With a wink at her audience (which increased Batman's and Robin's infatuation with her), she suddenly drops backwards while all the dancers catch her and lead her towards the main stage.
After introducing herself to the awestruck audience as "Poison Ivy", Isley turned her attentions to Batman and Robin, and seduced them both further with her pheromone dust and her whispered offers of sexual pleasures. She then took the Eye of Isis (the diamond necklace that was being donated to the charity) from Commissioner Gordon, fastened it around her own neck, and promised an evening of her company to the winner, with the guarantee that she would bring everything about her that was visible to the entire audience along with everything that was not visible.
The bids get higher and higher with the audience and the Dynamic Duo trying to outbid each other, it finally ends with Batman bidding 7 million dollars. Ivy is starting to enjoy her plan coming together, but it is soon interrupted by a villain named Mr. Freeze who breaks in and starts freezing everyone in sight. Ivy watches him in admiration.
While Batman and Robin are dealing with his henchmen, Freeze goes over to her and demands that she hands over her diamond. She tries to use her dust on him, but when it doesn't work, she lets him take the necklace.
After thanking her, Freeze leaves and Robin stares at Ivy while she blows him a kiss, Batman immediately drags him away. Gordon tells her that she has just met one of the most sinister men in Gotham City. Ivy thinks that Freeze could be useful in her next plan and takes a Gotham snow globe to remind her of their meeting. She turns to Bane who is dressed as another gorilla and they leave with work to do.
After going through the alley ways and streets, Ivy recalls how resistant the Dynamic Duo were to her Love Dust, but next time she would give them a stronger dose. She spots an old run down place called Turkish Bath in Blossom Lane that has been spray painted and boarded up with signs. Bane rips away the boards and the two barge in. They soon discover a group of Golums, with their leader sitting some feet away from a huge fire in the middle of the room.
Ivy states that the place may need fixing up, but it has a homely charm to it. The Golum leader looks at her and begins to compliment her, saying she is even good enough to eat.
Ivy sets down a challenge to come and get her, which he willingly accepts. With that, he sends his gang to her. She sends Bane who sends them all flying by stepping hard on a plank that they were all standing on. The gang members then flee for their lives.
The two villains redecorate by removing the plastic hanging from the walls and the wooden beams that are boarding up the windows, as well as breaking a water pipe to allow water to get in. Ivy plants her own seeds that instantly grow in many exotic plants that fill the whole place.
She sits on a makeshift throne, telling Bane that Freeze has a ruthless charm that she would be able to use to her advantage in her plan.
The Alliance with Mr.Freeze
Ivy goes to Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane, where Mr.Freeze has been locked up for his crimes. She arrives under the alias of Freeze's sister and is immediately let in by the villain's guards who are amazed by her beauty. She blows pheromone dust at them and instantly kills them with her poisoned kiss.
Freeze looks at her in admiration, Ivy goes over to Freeze and gives him her proposal of forming an alliance. The cold hearted villain accepts, but asks what she wants in return. Ivy doesn't answer, but opens the door to let in Bane who has brought back his special cryo-suit.
After getting dressed, Freeze realizes that his diamond powered cryo-suit is running out of power and he needs the diamonds from his Snowy Cones factory hideout. Ivy agrees to help him and notices the other guards coming in. She orders Bane to get them out of here, but the room is reinforced steel.
Freeze uses what's left of his energy to freeze the pipes in his cell, which completely shatters the walls. He gives out his instructions to his new friends telling them to retrieve his wife Nora from his lair while he grabs his diamonds and weapons.
Ivy is angry because he never told her he was already married. The three of them dive in the waters below with the guards shooting at them to no avail.
Ivy enters the hideout with Mr. Freeze and Bane and they all enter a shaft where Nora (Mr. Freeze's wife) is above them with Batman and Robin examining her. Freeze reveals his wife to Ivy who then tells him to retrieve his diamonds while she rescues her and distracts the Dynamic Duo. She blows her dust through the vent and the heroes proceed to go after her.
After being tossed by Bane, Robin is flung down the steps where Ivy is waiting. She tries to seduce Robin and poison kiss him. However, Bane knocks Batman into where they are, which distracts her. She turns her attention to Batman who instantly refuses and attempts to arrest her. Bane suddenly appears again and holds Batman while Ivy makes her escape.
Batman and Robin continue to fight Bane until finally Ivy blows more Pheromone Dust in Robin's face and tells him to leave Batman and work alone. The Dark Knight however knocks out Bane and again stops the seductive villainess from kissing him, explaining how her kiss poisons people.
Robin takes this as jealousy and Ivy watches as the two heroes turn on each other resulting in Robin being flipped into a vat of ice cream. She once again makes her escape with Bane close behind her.
Ivy goes to the room where Freeze's wife is being kept and pulls out the plug of her cyrogenic floatation tank, leaving her to die. She tells her: "I've never been good with competition, who needs a frigid wife anyway?"
A deadly plan is formed
Back at Ivy's Turkish Bath hideout, Ivy meets Freeze who has already settled in and turned part of the hideout cold for his survival. The moment he sees her, Freeze demands where his wife is.
Ivy tells him that Batman killed her. At first he doesn't believe her until she shows him the snowflake necklace that he had given to Nora as a gift. Ivy pretends that she is sorry about what has happened.
Freeze is furious and immediately swears vengeance on Batman and Robin. But Ivy suggests that the society that made them what they are shouldn't go unpunished. Freeze picks up Ivy's snowglobe and says that he will blanket the city in endless winter first Gotham and then the entire world.
Ivy is delighted and shows Freeze one of her Animal Plant Hybrids that they will overrun the world and make them rulers of them who will be the only people left in the world.
Freeze agrees and tells Ivy to distract the Dynamic Duo while he prepares to freeze Gotham City.
Once again, Ivy goes to the Gotham Observatory again under her identity of Pamela Isley. She approaches Commissioner Gordon and asks him where the Bat-Signal is. He is confused at the question, but then she blows her dust on him and he happily tells her it is on the roof of Police Headquarters. She then places her arm around him and explains that she'd be dying to see it, but questions his power to get access. Wanting to impress her, he shows her the keys. She then blows more dust onto him and he hands her the keys and smiles while asking for her name. She grasps his tie and almost kisses him, but then says he is too old for her and walks away. Heartbroken, the Commissioner begs her to come back.
When they arrive Ivy has Bane pull it out of its place and carry it back to her lair where she changes it to a Robin signal, while Bane goes with Freeze to help him.
Robin after seeing the signal arrives at the Turkish Bath house. After going through several entrances made from flowers that close up behind him, he sees a giant animal plant behind a giant pond in the middle of the room.
The petals of the plant suddenly open to reveal Poison Ivy who looks even more beautiful than ever. Robin goes over to her and asks if they are going to be together that she should give him a sign of trust. After getting nowhere with attempting to kiss him again Ivy reveals the plan to him, but gives him one last kiss for luck.
With a sly smile on her face she plants the poisoned kiss on his lips and sneers: "Bad luck I'm afraid, time to die little Robin." But to her surprise Robin peels off one of his rubber lips that counteracted her poison so it wouldn't enter his body. Furious, Ivy shoves him into the plant infested pond to drown and precedes to make her escape. She walks straight into Batman who had been following Robin and, in retaliation, attempts to arrest her again. The villainess sends her vines to bind Batman up. She tries to leave once again to meet Bane and Freeze at the observatory.
Suddenly a caped figure crashes through the window and lands right in front of her. The figure is Batgirl, the Dynamic Duo's new partner. A fierce battle ensues with Ivy being struck down with the heroine's Judo style of fighting. She attempts to tie her up with vines and then hit her while telling her: "As I told Lady Fries when I pulled her plug, this is a one woman show." Batgirl responds pulling her backwards with the vine. Ivy pulls out her knife ready to stab her, which fails when Batgirl kicks the knife out of her hand and then kicks her into the giant plant throne where the petals close in around her and supposedly crush her.
The Terrific Trio leave her there for the police and go to Gotham Observatory to stop Freeze and Bane. Following the defeat of Bane and a fierce battle with Freeze, Batman shows him a recorded confession of Poison Ivy attempting to kill his wife, but he had restored her systems and was still frozen alive waiting for Freeze to find a cure. Ivy is later shown at Arkham Asylum looking miserable and disheveled from being inside the plant. She plays "Loves me not" with one of her plants. Freeze, who has finally surrendered to the authorities after giving Batman a cure to help save "a dying friend" (Alfred Pennyworth) and being assured that his wife would be moved to the lab in Arkham where he would be able to continue his research, suddenly appears in her cell and tells the terrified villainess that he is her new cellmate who will make her life a living hell for what she did to his wife and deceiving him, much to Ivy's distraught.
Powers and abilities
"The animal-plant toxins had a rather unique effect on me. They replaced my blood with aloe, my skin with chlorophyll, and filled my lips...with venom."
Though Ivy was originally a perfectly normal human being, Jason's attempt to murder her with her own animal-plant toxins instead transformed her into a plant-human hybrid with a new personality and special abilities that make her a dangerous force to be reckoned with.
Examples of abilities Ivy had displayed were:
Poisonous Lips/Poison Manipulation:
Ivy's full, luscious lips are capable of secreting a poison that was fatal to anyone who swallowed it orally. Hence, her kiss was fatal to anyone who shared one with her, and served as her primary and preferred means of offense, especially since it was the only real way for Ivy to effectively murder her victim: after thoroughly seducing her victim with her wiles, she would indulge said victim in a kiss, causing them in turn to unwittingly swallow a potent dose of her poison as they secreted from her lips and onto theirs. The poison would work instantaneously when it reached their vital organs, crippling their body from within. Depending on either the person or the potency that Ivy administered, the victim of the kiss would either suffer slowly or succumb to the poison quickly.
Chlorokinesis (possibly): It was never confirmed as to whether Ivy truly possessed the ability to control and manipulate plants. During the final confrontation, though she appeared to be able to manipulate vines to try to suffocate Batman through a verbal command ("My vines have a crush on you!"), Batgirl managed to defeat her by physically kicking her back onto her "flower bed", the petals of which subsequently closed in around her and appeared to crush her. Though it was later shown that Ivy had managed to survive the "crushing", she was still left in a weakened disheveled state, which throws doubt in whether she possessed the ability of plant-manipulation, given how she was not immune to attacks from her own plants when they were used against her.
Pheromone Control: Due to her scientific skills in botany, Ivy was able to extract pheromones from plants and convert them into a powder-based love potion that served as a means of both offense and defense: she would blow the powder into the face of her victim or foe, causing them to immediately fall in love with her the instant they inhale the love-producing spores, and subsequently become vegetative in their desire for her and susceptible to her every whim. Ivy usually used this powder to entice men so she could move in to administer her fatal kiss. This also proved to be most dangerous for Batman and Robin, as not even they were immune to it at first, though Batman later learned to overpower it by sheer force of will.
Beauty and Seduction: With her gorgeous facial features, shapely voluptuous figure, and a new sensual personality, Ivy was an otherworldly yet natural beauty who could turn heads and leave onlookers stunned even before she could utilise her powder. At the charity ball, by only removing the first part of her gorilla costume (the head) and blinking sensuously at her audience, she had them - especially Batman and Robin - enraptured with her, proving that in certain situations, she did not even need her powder to entice a victim. She also had a wealth of shameless confidence Pamela Isley could only dream of, eagerly and playfully commanding a room as the center of attention with a few words and a smile. Coupled with her natural tendency to flirt with flawless efficiency as well as her ability to effectively utilise every bit of beauty she possessed to full stunning advantage, she was the epitome of a siren to the male sex.
Weapons, equipment and technology
- Poison Ivy bred Animal-Plant Hybrids.
- See: Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman)/Gallery for additional images
Behind the scenes
- She was played by actress Uma Thurman. Thurman’s performance in the campy film received universal critical and fan acclaim, in which people regarded her as the only reason to watch this film. The New York Times wrote in a positive review, “like Mae West, she mixes true femininity with the winking womanliness of a drag queen”. A similar positive comparison was made by the Houston Chronicle: “Thurman, to arrive at a ’40s femme fatale, sometimes seems to be doing Mae West by way of Jessica Rabbit”. In addition, the San Francisco Chronicle points out “Poison Ivy is the film's best creation. She's a radical environmentalist who gets bitten by snakes and buried in vines only to rise up, gorgeous and redheaded, like Botticelli's Venus. Like America's original femme fatale, Beatrice in Hawthorne's ‘Rappaccini's Daughter,’ Ivy has a poisonous kiss. Like Dietrich in ‘Blonde Venus,’ she shows up at a ritzy affair in a gorilla suit.” She has won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for 'Best Actress - Sci-Fi' in her role as Poison Ivy, and was also nominated for Favourite Movie Actress in the Kids' Choice Awards, only to have lost to her co-star Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl. However, she was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress in the Golden Raspberry Awards (Razzie Awards), but fortunately, she lost to her co-star Alicia Silverstone for the second time. Her performance as Poison Ivy remains to be one of her best and memorable performances of all time.