- I am Nature's arm. Her spirit. Her will. Hell, I am Mother Nature, and the time has come for plants to take back the world so rightfully ours! 'Cause it's not nice to fool with Mother Nature.
- — Poison Ivy src
Dr. Pamela Isley worked for Bruce Wayne's Arboreal Preservation Project in South America. Her work concentrated on the cross-breeding of plants with predatory wildlife in the hopes that floral nature would be better able to protect itself from the ravages of man on their environment. Her cross-breeding experiments through the use of an experimental chemical called Venom mostly failed, but she continued to be hopeful of her eventual success.
Meanwhile, in the Gilgamesh wing of the building where the Arboreal Preservation Project was housed, her colleague Dr. Jason Woodrue succeeded in developing a human "super soldier" in the form of a human test subject injected with Venom, giving him instant and incredible superhuman strength. He called his successful test subject "Bane," and offered him to the highest bidding national leader in need of a "super soldier."
Buried In Her Work
Pamela saw what her colleague did with her scientific work, using it for his own maniacal desire of world domination. Even with funding for their work cut by Bruce Wayne due to ideological differences, Isley refuses to join with Dr. Woodrue. As a result, Dr. Woodrue decided to kill her by dumping her into a hole in the ground filled with chemical, plant and toxic waste, watching with glee as the earth she so dearly loves swallows her up whole.
As Dr. Woodrue was busy on the phone finalizing the deal with his "mystery bidder" who won the rights to Bane, the earth erupts, and Dr. Isley arises looking more beautiful than she did when the earth swallowed her. She then informed Woodrue that she had aloe in her veins, chlorophyll as her skin, and her lips secreted Venom, which she proved by kissing him on the lips then watched him choke to death from the poison he ingested. She proceeded to destroy the laboratory she worked in, ready to wreak vengeance on the world for its misuse of nature, when she noticed a beaker labeled WAYNE ENTERPRISES, realizing that it's Bruce Wayne who should bear the brunt of her vengeance. Hearing Bane roaring in the background, Isley decided to take him with her to Gotham City as she set the entire building ablaze.
The Giant Telescope
Bruce Wayne, with his girlfriend Julie Madison, attended the unveiling of a giant telescope at the Gotham City Observatory that, through a complex series of satellites that reflect sunlight, will allow observers to see the sky from anywhere on Earth. During the press conference, Pamela Isley interrupted with the proposal of a project that could help the environment, but Bruce declined her offer, as it would kill millions of people. Isley responded by making a fierce charge that one day the plants will reclaim the environment from those who dare to destroy it, and that there will be no one to save them — a charge that only elicited laughs from those gathered at the conference. As a concession, Bruce gave Isley an invitation to a charity ball to preserve the rainforest, showing some "mammals" still care for the environment. She accepted, but only to secretly plot for the demise of Batman and Robin, who were also on the guest list.
Meet Poison Ivy
While the Dynamic Duo stood in wait at the charity ball for Mr. Freeze to take the bait of the Heart of Isis diamond necklace, an unexpected female visitor by the name of Poison Ivy made a grand entrance. Blowing around a wisp of pheromone dust in order for the males to feel attraction to her, she made her way to the stage and took the necklace, then offering the auctioneers present a night with her. Batman and Robin, also hit by the pheromone dust, got in on the auctioning action themselves.
Forces Of Nature
Soon Mr. Freeze arrived with his goons and his freeze gun. While Batman and Robin contended with his goons, Mr. Freeze swung onto the stage ordering Poison Ivy to hand over the jewels. Ivy simply responds by blowing some pheromone dust in his face, but it didn't work on him as his heart was ice-cold. After allowing Mr. Freeze to take the necklace, she remarked to her assistant, Bane, they have work to do.
A Place To Grow
Poison Ivy searched Gotham City for a place she could use for a hideout when she discovered a boarded-up Turkish bath already inhabited by a gang of fluorescent-painted thugs and punks. Using Bane, she forcefully ejected the tenants, then went about remodeling the place, using her seedlings to grow all sorts of clinging vines and plants. Admiring Mr. Freeze's sense of ruthlessness, she plotted to spring him out of Arkham Asylum in order to use him.
Bruce Wayne had Julie Madison over for a dinner date, where she hoped he will "pop the question." As the two of them got close enough to kiss, Bruce glimpsed Poison Ivy standing inside the dining room, taking his mind off Julie, who is then puzzled when Bruce calls her "Ivy." "Who's Ivy?" she asks. Bruce simply answers that he wishes he knew.
Escape From Arkham
Mr. Freeze gets an unexpected visit from "his sister" when Poison Ivy shows up with Bane carrying the villain's sub-zero cooling suit with him in order to break out. Unfortunately, Mr. Freeze's brick-lined cell walls have reinforced steel, making it impossible for Bane to break through. Mr. Freeze uses some coolant from his suit to cause the pipes leading around the cell walls to freeze up, breaking a big enough hole in the wall for the three villains to escape.
A Place To Chill Out
Returning secretly to Mr. Freeze's own hideout, Poison Ivy offers to help rescue his wife Nora while he takes care of the police snooping around. As he turns on the super-cooling system in order to freeze out the police, Poison goes into the cryogenic chamber were Nora Fries is resting and unplugs her life support, saying someone like Mr. Freeze doesn't need a frigid wife anyway. She sees the snowflake pendant Mr. Freeze gave his wife and takes it from around her neck.
The Scent Of A Woman
As the Dynamic Duo explore the hideout and examine the cryogenic chamber (prior to Poison Ivy's unplugging it), they find themselves inhaling the pheromone dust again, which means that Poison Ivy must be around. They go down to the basement, where instead of the beauty, they find the beast, which is Bane. He alternately fights with one of the heroes while Poison Ivy focuses on the other, primarily Robin whom is more easily swayed by her charms. After Bruce takes down Bane, he tries to get Robin to come to his senses about what Poison Ivy is doing to the both of them, but Robin refuses to listen, believing that Batman is jealous and just wants Ivy for himself. Poison Ivy uses this fighting among themselves as a distraction for her and Bane to leave. After being pushed into a vat of green sticky stuff by Batman who then soon after pulled him out, Robin says from now on he's going solo.
Upon Poison Ivy's return to her own hideout, seeing that Mr. Freeze has now made himself at home there, he asks her where his wife is. She tells him that Batman killed her, and provides "proof" by giving him the snowflake pendant that was around Nora's neck. His anger seethes to the point where he decides to permanently freeze Gotham City — and eventually the whole world — forever in ice. Poison Ivy says once the whole world is frozen, they can start humanity all over and let plants, her mutant cross-bred plants, overrun the entire planet.
Stealing The Spotlight
At the dedication ceremony at the Observatory, where Bruce shows up with his girlfriend Julie, Poison Ivy also appears, disguised as Pamela Isley. She gives him a tantalizing whiff of her pheromone dust to distract him for just a little bit before Julie pulls Bruce's attention back to her and the telescope. She goes over to Commissioner Gordon and has him give over the keys to police headquarters to her so she can steal the Bat signal and convert it into a red Robin signal in order to lure Batman's partner to her.
Garden Of Evil
Robin shows up at Poison Ivy's hideout, where she lures him to her private plant-like throne to kiss her. Robin won't make a move on her until she tells him what Mr. Freeze is up to. Ivy tells him that Mr. Freeze is going to turn the Gotham City Observatory's telescope into a giant freeze gun to freeze all of Gotham City. Robin realizes he has to stop Mr. Freeze, but Ivy gets him to kiss her before he takes off, assuming that he will die. Unfortunately, the kiss has no effect, as Robin wore a protective sheath on his lips. Then Batman shows up, ready to take Poison Ivy in. But she surprises the two crimefighters as she has them tangled up in living vines while she tries to make her escape.
Who's That Batgirl?
Her escape is cut off by a blond-haired girl wearing a Batsuit, telling Ivy that she's going to be compost. The two women engage in hand-to-hand combat, with Poison Ivy telling Batgirl that she "pulled the plug on Lady Freeze", but despite her best efforts, Batgirl prevails and Poison Ivy ends up captured by her own plant creations while Batman and Robin cut their way through the vines. They head to the Observatory with Batgirl and stop Mr. Freeze's giant freeze weapon while using the global satellites to beam enough sunlight to thaw out the city.
Poison Ivy finds herself in a cell in Arkham Asylum, pining for Mr. Freeze as she plucks away petals from a flower, saying "he loves me...he loves me not...he loves me...", only for a cold hard voice to answer, "not!!!" She sees that Mr. Freeze is now her cellmate, and that he knows that she is the one who tried to kill his wife. She shudders in fear as he promises that he is going to make her life a living hell, stating that "winter has come at last".
Powers and Abilities
- Chlorokinesis: She can control and manipulate plants.
- Pheromone Control: She can secrets mind controlling pheromones
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the Burtonverse franchise and is an adaptation of Poison Ivy. The original character was created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff and first appeared in Batman #181.
- Poison Ivy was portrayed by Uma Thurman.
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