Redhead Fangirl

Wednesday, December 13

#3 Poison Ivy

#3 is villainess Poison Ivy in the Batman Family, Pamela Isley. "May your hell be a green one"- famous for flirting scenes with Batman and her friendship with Harley Quinn.

From: Poison Ivy- Ivy's origins cast her as a botanist caught in the clutches of one Dr. Jason Woodrue (later to become a plant-powered supervillain known as the Floronic Man), who conducted bizarre experiments on her. Woodrue's mad science turned Isley into Ivy, mixing her human blood with plant toxins and making her virtually immune to all poisons, viruses and diseases.

To Poison Ivy, plants in general are more precious and deserving of protection than human lives, and she'll willingly sacrifice the latter to guarantee the survival and prosperity of the former. Naturally, those arboreal priorities have led her to more than one clash with the urban avenger Batman.

Adding depth and human appeal to her animated incarnation is the wonderful Thelma and Louise-like relationship she shares with Joker-moll Harley Quinn. Ivy becomes the 'big sister' in this relationship, constantly cajoling Harley to better herself and leave her abusive clown of a boyfriend behind.

I really enjoyed the Harley and Ivy miniseries, written and drawn by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. One side effect of their popularity is the endless pinups- and even more provacative- images drawn and sold at cons. Jim Lee draws her in a green bathing suit, others take away all the clothes and just use leaves.

Many college days were spent with Phillygirl watching Batman: the animated series and loving the Poison Ivy character. We were both pretty active in the environmental group, and PI was a villian, but with a definite cause.

Uma Thurman's Ivy from 1997's Batman & Robin, was an unqualified disaster - whether because the script was so irretrievably awful or because Thurman simply sank in the part, it's hard to say.

Can two brown haired parents have a redhead?


At 8:22 AM, Blogger PhillyGirl said...

Yay! My Favorite Villianess. :)

I knew she would have to be on your list!

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying your rehead countdown. Keep up the good worrk!

At 3:38 PM, Blogger Justin said...

I agree this is an excellent choice. Can't wait for the top two.


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