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Poison Ivy (DC Comics) Character Review

Poison Ivy (DC Comics) Character Review

Poison Ivy (DC Comics) Character Review

Poison Ivy (Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley) is a fictional Character, a DC Comics supervillainess who is primarily an enemy of Batman. Created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, she first appeared in Batman (June 1966). More about Poison Ivy (DC Comics) Character Review - keep reading !!

Poison Ivy is depicted as one of the world's most prominent eco-terrorists. She is obsessed with plants, botany, and environmentalism. She uses toxins from plants and mind controlling pheromones for her criminal activities, which are usually aimed at protecting the natural environment. Fellow villain Harley Quinn is her recurring partner-in-crime and possibly her only human friend. She is best known as a villain of Batman and plays an important role in his rogues gallery and has proven to be one of his more powerful foes, being one of the few Batman villains to display anything close to superpowers. Pamela Isley a.k.a. Poison Ivy has been portrayed as a love interest for Batman in some comics.

 In one comic, Ivy was robbing a charity gala Bruce Wayne was attending. Ivy's first kiss was poison, the second its antidote. When they first meet, Ivy's toxic lips planted a seed of toxic rapture in Bruce. But when she later kissed a dying Dark Knight, Ivy unknowingly cured her intended victim and established a budding romantic tension between them. Creator Robert Kanigher modeled Poison Ivy after Bettie Page, giving her the same haircut and Southern drawl as Page. In her first appearances in 1966, no origin was developed; she was merely a temptress. At her first appearance, her costume was a one-piece, strapless green bathing suit, covered with leaves. Leaves also formed her bracelets, necklace and crown. She also wore green high heels and yellow-green nylon stockings with leaves painted on them. These particulars changed somewhat when she re-appeared. Later on in the 1986 series of the Batman comics, she wore only a few vines to cover up a small amount of her breasts.

Poison Ivy was promoted after the rise of feminism brought the need for a greater number of more independent female villains in the series. She was also used to replace the increasingly sympathetic Catwoman as a clearly antagonistic female supervillain foil for Batman, and then made further appearances in the Batman comic book series and in Suicide Squad. An origin story was later created for her by Neil Gaiman, tying her in to Swamp Thing and his original Black Orchid as a human-plant hybrid. She has since appeared in starring roles in Gotham City Sirens and Birds of Prey (comics book).

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In the 1997 film, Batman & Robin, she was portrayed by Uma Thurman. Poison Ivy has been featured in the television series, Batman: The Animated Series and The Batman, by voice actresses Diane Pershing and Piera Coppola respectively.

IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time ranked Poison Ivy as #64. She was ranked 21st in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.

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Powers and Abilities (Poison Ivy)


The dangerous experiments that transformed Pamela into Poison Ivy placed a deliberate overdose of plant and animal based toxins into her blood stream that make her touch deadly while also allowing her to boost her immunity to all poisons, viruses, bacteria, and fungi. This immunity also includes Joker venom. Some comics have even gone so far as to depict her as more plant than human, breathing CO2 and requiring sunlight to survive.

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Despite retaining in her earlier appearances her Caucasian, red-haired appearance, in time the amount of vegetable toxins and chlorophyll in her tissue tinted her skin permanently green. After years of practice, she regained the ability to consciously control her appearance, restoring herself to an almost fully human facade, with only her lips and eyes tinted a bright shade of green.

Ivy's body produces pheromones that make people susceptible to mind control around her, although strong-minded people like Batman are usually capable of resisting. She was even once able to control Superman with the use of kryptonite and ordered him to fight Batman in a fierce battle that Batman managed to survive.

She specializes in hybrids and can create the most potently powerful floral toxins in Gotham City. Often these toxins are secreted from her lips and administered in her preferred way, a poisonous kiss, usually after professing false love or affection for her victim. They come in a number of varieties, from mind-controlling drugs to instantly fatal toxins.

In some adaptations, she can control plants with her mind. For example, while in Arkham, she was able to manipulate and animate plants, using roots to form supports for a tunnel she and another inmate named Magpie were digging to escape, and also spawning glowing fungi to entertain Magpie.

Poison Ivy is identified by the Swamp Thing as a being with an elemental mystical component, whom he calls the "May Queen". Writers have not referred to her in this way in quite some time. Ivy also shows capabilities of using the Green to communicate over great distances, as she manifests in a vase of roses in Zatanna's dressing room to talk to the magician.

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Poison Ivy carries, on her current costume, a certain amount of live vines: coupled with her natural ability to commune with plant life, they act as weaponry, or defensive/grabbing appendages. Their supply is, however, limited.

Ivy's capabilities were greatly reduced in Batman: The Animated Series; her only physical power is an immunity to poison. Her deadly kiss was only possible with a special lipstick poisoned with toxins extracted from a plant. She admits to having a "hyperactive immune system" which prevents her from having children. In The Batman (TV Series), she can even exhale mind-controlling spores in the form of a blown kiss.

In Other Media (Film/Movie)


Uma Thurman played Poison Ivy in the film Batman & Robin as the main antagonist (while Mr. Freeze is portrayed as an anti-villain). Dr. Pamela Isley is a botanist, working for Wayne Enterprises' arboreal preservation project in South America. She is conducting animal-plant cross-breeding experiments, and is confident that once she finds the correct dose of Venom, her beloved plants will be able to "fight back like animals". However, her superior, Dr. Jason Woodrue, steals some of her Venom samples in order to transform a meek prisoner into Bane. Dr. Isely is outraged that her research has been corrupted and Woodrue throws Dr. Isely into shelves lined with beakers containing Venom and other plant-based toxins and chemicals. Pamela is transformed into a beautiful woman who is part human, part plant, and totally poisonous.

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Along with Mr. Freeze and Bane, she plans to "blanket" the entire world "in endless winter", with a giant freezing cannon and repopulate the world with mutant plants she has engineered. She also turns the Dynamic Duo against each other by making Robin fall in love with her and turn on Batman. In order to kill Robin, she lures him to her botanical gardens and tells him that Freeze has turned the Gotham City telescope into a giant Freeze-cannon. They kiss, revealing Robin had rubber lips, and soon imprisoned Batman and Robin in her vines, until the debuting Batgirl defeated her. At the end of the final fight, Batman shows footage of Ivy telling Batgirl she pulled the plug on Nora Fries, infuriating Freeze but Batman restored her and transferred her to Arkham. A downtrodden Poison Ivy is locked up in Arkham holding a flower while plucking off the petals quoting "He loves me." Mr. Freeze comes in during that and quotes "not" as Mr. Freeze swears to make Poison Ivy's life a 'living hell' as revenge for trying to kill his wife, much to Ivy's distraught. While the film itself was almost universally panned, Thurman's role as Poison Ivy was one of the few aspects of the film to be praised.

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