She was a former good-hearted botanist and scientist, but after a botched attempt by Dr. Jason Woodrue to kill her, Pamela Isley transformed into a crafty and seductive eco-terrorist who was half-woman and half-plant. Just as her name indicated, her exterior was as beautiful as ivy, but her interior was 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.
There is something significant about Poison Ivy’s costume in Batman & Robin
Batman & Robin () - Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, Dr. Pamela Isley - IMDb
From the sets and lighting, to the costumes and make-up, the film is filled with eye-catching imagery. The villain — played by Uma Thurman — appears repeatedly throughout the movie, always bringing her own unique style to the screen. And did you notice her appearance gets more outlandish too? Pamela Isley. Consumed by her work, Isley is far from fashion-conscious and is decked out in a long coat, overalls and gloves.
Poison Ivy was originally a botanical scientist named Pamela Isley, who specialized in several types of flowers in a lab in South America, with her work sponsored and funded by Wayne Enterprises. She 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.
Culture was simply changing at the time, so the campy absurdism of the previous films was falling out of favor and would eventually turn to the hyper-masculine vibe of the Nolan era. Or perhaps the seven hundred ice jokes from Mister Freeze finally crossed a line. We can't say for sure what made this film come to be known as "the worst Batman movie," but it wasn't because logic-defying plotlines were a deal breaker for this series overall. Regardless of any failure of the film, it did still grant us the first movie appearance of one Doctor Pamela Isley, otherwise known as Poison Ivy. Since , Poison Ivy's character development has been nothing short of profound, steering her away from her former identity as a standard maniacal Batman villain and toward building her own identity as a self-isolated, emotionally complex environmentalist.