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How Batwoman’s New Poison Ivy Compares To Other Live-Action Versions

The mid-season premiere of Batwoman revealed Bridget Regan’s Poison Ivy, raising questions about how she compares to previous incarnations of Ivy.

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for batmanThe mid-season premiere.

the Arrowverse Poison Ivy played by Bridget Regan on batman compares favorably to variants of Pamela Isley featured in previous live-action productions, with relatively few changes to the character’s background and powers from the comics. The changes made are natural extensions of previous portrayals of Poison Ivy in other media. While it’s too early to judge after just one episode, Bridget Regan’s Poison Ivy has the potential to be the most comic book-accurate Poison Ivy yet.

First appeared in Batman #181 in June 1966, Poison Ivy was originally introduced as an ordinary thief named Pamela Isley, who subdued the Dark Knight with nothing but her feminine wiles. She then received a power upgrade and an origin in a Wonder Woman story in 1978. The best in the world #252. In this comic, Poison Ivy was introduced as a young botanist named Dr. Lillian Rose, who was seduced by a professor named Marc Legrande into helping her steal rare Egyptian herbs, which gave her natural immunity to all the poisons after surviving his attempt to poison her. The sand man author Neil Gaiman reconciled these conflicting backgrounds with his own Poison Ivy origin story in 1988 Secret origins #36, which established Pamela Isley as a botanist and seducer, who had also developed a connection with green, a cosmic force that connects all plant life. Gaiman’s origin for Poison Ivy proved popular and formed the basis of most of his portrayals in other media.

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The Arrowverse version of Poison Ivy as seen on batman is based on his original origin story, with Marc Legrande being the professor who experimented on Pamela Isley rather than Jason Woodrue (aka Floronic Man) as in Gaiman’s story. The only other change in her background is that she was romantically involved with police officer Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) before Legrande’s experiments gave her the power to control plants and generate pheromones that allowed her to to control people. This version of Poison Ivy has also developed the power to possess people, slowly overtaking their personality with her own as a parasitic plant. Despite these differences, Bridget Regan is instantly recognizable as Poison Ivy, with a confident presence and an alternating green and red leather costume that matches Ivy’s classic comic book color scheme and appearance.



Poison Ivy was first performed in live-action by Uma Thurman, in 1997 batman and robin. Thurman’s Poison Ivy leaned into the seductive vampish elements of the villainess from her earliest comic book appearances, while being a brilliant botanist with plant-controlling powers. For all the problems batman and robin had, including an illogical backstory that promoted nerds becoming supervillain cliches, Thurman’s performance was iconic and true to the comics.

Peyton List has played a radically different version of Poison Ivy in the last three seasons of the Gotham TV shows. This Poison Ivy started the series as a young girl named Ivy Pepper, who liked plants better than people and had her growth accelerated by a metahuman who had the power to age people with her touch. This version of Poison Ivy built upon the character’s botanist background, creating special scents from her plants that allowed her to manipulate people, while possessing a poisonous touch that could cause people to hallucinate. This was perhaps the most accurate representation of Ivy’s talents in the pre-Crisis era, where her powers were the result of scientific knowledge rather than a connection to green.


Bridget Regan said her Poison Ivy in batman season 3 was informed by all of these prior performances, but that it emphasizes Ivy’s love for ecology in its depiction of the Arrowverse Pamela Isley. The idea of ​​Ivy as an eco-terrorist also informed Poison Ivy of Uma Thurman, but was perhaps best put forward by Poison Ivy in DC. harley quinn animated series. However, the fact that this Poison Ivy turned Dr. Mary Hamilton into a virtual clone of herself marks her as something unique and the most dangerous version of Poison Ivy.

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