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Turkish Bath
General Information
Official name: Blossom St. Turkish Baths
First Appearance: Batman & Robin
Galaxy: Milky Way
Star System: Sol
Planet: Earth
Country: United States
State: New Jersey
Locale: Gotham County

Blossom St. Turkish Baths is the lair of the villainess, Poison Ivy in the 1997 movie, Batman & Robin.



The establishment had been long-since abandoned by its original owners in times past and lay in ruin and was subsequently boarded-up. A small gang of thugs led by their leader known only as Golum haunted the building when Ivy and Bane broke in. After a brief but violent clash the gang fled the area and the pair moved in.


Poison Ivy began to give a touch of color to the dwelling with the assistance of her bodyguard/servant, Bane. Using a new breed of plant life she had cultivated beforehand, Ivy turned the steam bathhouse into a lush jungle-like greenhouse over a short space of time.

This was the original concept art for Poison Ivy's garden lair.

The general layout is unchanged from its conception with a long winding entrance with sets of stairs leading to a grand foyer with a great flower bed resting on a lilypad-strewn pool which serves as Poison Ivy's floral throne. There is another large room next to the foyer which later serves as Mr Freeze's second hideout.

The completed lair is teeming with life of its own which seem to act either on its own whim or when under command from its mistress, Poison Ivy. Reasoning behind this claim is through some subtle and yet not-so-subtle occurrences of almost otherworldly activity throughout its screentime. Examples of this include the occasional sound of plants murmuring, sighing and even giggling to themselves; open floral curtains closing when passed under; vines commanded by Ivy bind and attempt to crush and drown Batman & Robin respectively. Even the very entrance to the baths themselves appeared to be under control of Poison Ivy when it opens of its own accord when Robin arrives later on in the film.

Plot AppearancesEdit

As described before, Blossom St. Turkish Baths served as the lair for Poison Ivy (and Bane to a lesser extent). Moving beyond the finding of the area and the renovations that followed, Ivy regrouped there with her new partner Mr. Freeze whom she had recently sprung from Arkham Asylum soon after his incarceration by Batman on the very night Poison Ivy presented herself to the Dynamic Duo.

It's here that Mr. Freeze has his spirit broken and lust for vengeance ignited soon after he moved in with Ivy as a result of her lies of his wife's murder at the hands of Batman and Robin (when in actuality it was her doing). Poison Ivy manipulated Freeze even further by inspiring him to incur his wrath on humanity itself- not just the Caped Crusaders. Ivy's ultimate goal of a flora-dominated world was at hand with Freeze planning to turn Gotham City into an icy graveyard and then the world soon thereafter. However, before their plans could come to fruition, Freeze had a task for Poison Ivy to perform while he made his preparations- to distract Batman & Robin.

The third and ultimately final appearance of the lair occurs when Ivy and Bane gain access to and steal the Bat-Signal and take it back to the bathhouse. Preying on her previous seduction of the Boy Wonder, Poison Ivy sends an open invitation for Robin to visit her via the bat-light; albeit with an altered projection- the Robin-Signal. Robin takes the bait and is subsequently lured to her lair. Robin emerges at the Blossom St. Turkish Baths at the Robin-Signal's new location. Ivy's plants entice him inside and he's pushed deeper and deeper until he enters the main foyer. The giant floral bed opens to reveal the Vixen of Venom to Robin. Poison Ivy herself beckoned Robin to her on her throne so she could seduce and kill him in the secluded privacy of her garden as intended. Robin navigated across the lilypad-strewn pool and joined Ivy at her whim. When Ivy's poison kiss fails and Robin's deception is revealed she angrily pushed the hero into the pool and the underwater vines attempt to bind and drown him, not by direct command but seemingly by Ivy's will. The plant life aided Ivy once again when Batman appeared to stop her escape, by lassoing themselves around his ankles and hoisting Batman to their ceiling habitat and attempting to bind and crush him to death. However, seemingly thanks to the exploits of both Batman and the new arrival Batgirl, both plant and villainess are defeated. Robin's vines appear to relent when both are defeated and Ivy ironically is undone by her own plants, being trapped in a vice grip of her closing floral bed when Batgirl knocks her back onto it.


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