The 1997 movie Batman & Robin is certainly not the most well-regarded movie that’s ever been made about the Dark Knight, but Uma Thurman remains grateful for the experience she had in working on the feature. Directed by Joel Schumacher, Batman & Robin was the first and only movie to feature George Clooney as Bruce Wayne with Chris O’Donnell co-starring as Batman’s titular sidekick. The two villains starring opposite Clooney and O’Donnell were Thurman as Poison Ivy and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze.
Recently, Thurman looked back at her role in Batman & Robin 25 years later in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. In reflection, the movie makes Thurman think about Schumacher and how much she misses the late filmmaker. As far as playing Poison Ivy, what Thurman most remembers from slipping into that role was all of the rubber that came with it, which the actress recalls as being the most rubber she’s ever been surrounded in at once.
“Oh my goodness, that’s amazing. I was just talking about Joel Schumacher, the director who is a friend I love so much. … I loved Joel Schumacher. That was a fantastic experience. I had to wear lots of rubber suits. I did not have a rubber mask. I had my own face, but I had some rubber appliances on my face sometimes. That was about as much rubber as I’ve ever worked with, personally.”
Batman & Robin is not without its critics, but the film has its fans as well. Among them is actor Robert Pattinson who will be the next person to play the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Pattinson recently expressed his opinion that “none” of the Batman films are bad movies, arguing that each of them accomplished what they had set out to achieve in their own way.
A Live-Action Poison Ivy Hasn’t Been On the Big Screen Since Batman & Robin
There have been different incarnations of Poison Ivy to show up in various DC projects, but the supervillain hasn’t made it back to the big screen in live-action form since we last saw Uma Thurman in the role in Batman & Robin. Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan was planning to bring in Poison Ivy to explore her relationship with Harley Quinn in a Gotham City Sirens movie along with Catwoman but that film is currently stuck in development hell.
Meanwhile, there have been rumors of Megan Fox circling the role of the DCEU’s Poison Ivy. That hasn’t been confirmed, but in any case, it seems inevitable that the character will be in the DCEU soon enough. Margot Robbie, who has played Harley Quinn in multiple movies, has personally been campaigning for Poison Ivy to finally be introduced.
“Trust me, I chew their ear off about it all the time,” Robbie told Den of Geek. “They must be sick of hearing it, but I’m like, ‘Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy. Come on, let’s do it.’ I’m very keen to see a Harley-Poison Ivy relationship on screen. It’d be so fun. So I’ll keep pestering them. Don’t worry.”