“Batman & Robin” was released in 1997 and didn’t have the best reception. While it wasn’t the most loved Batman movie, it had a lot of star power. In the movie, actors like George Clooney, who played Batman, and Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, were present.
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Thurman’s character, Poison Ivy, was a botanist who turned into a poison and pheromone emitting supervillain after toxins were dumped on her. She partnered with other villains to beat Batman and his gang of heroes.
The movie celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and Thurman went on Entertainment Tonight to speak on her time while filming. Despite the movie’s less than stellar reputation, the actress had only fond memories of her time on set.
Thurman Was The First Actress To Take On The Role Of Poison Ivy
Thurman remembered her time in “Batman & Robin” with the fondest memories. The superhero movie was released in 1997 and turned 25 this year. While it didn’t have the greatest reception upon its release, the 51-year-old can only recall good times while on set.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she said, “I was just talking about Joel Schumacher, the director who is a friend I love so much.” “Batman & Robin” was the director’s second Batman movie. He took the reins from Tim Burton, who directed “Batman Forever” in 1995.
Thurman was the first among many actresses to play Poison Ivy in the movie. In the two and half decades that have passed, Clare Foley, Maggie Geha, and Peyton List played the character on camera. Bridge Regan also played the character in “Batwoman.”
Thurman Said She Wore A Lot Of Rubber While Filming
Thurman also talked about her attire on set, saying that she had to wear “lots of rubber suits.” She said, “That was a fantastic experience. I had to wear lots of rubber suits.” The actress recently filmed “Suspicion” which is set to premiere on Friday.
About the movie, she revealed that her character wore less rubber than she did when she played Poison Ivy. “Whenever someone has a rubber face, there is something really bad going on,” the actress said of the kidnappers in the movie.
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She added, “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.”
Besides Thurman, “Batman & Robin” also starred actors like Clooney, who played Bruce Wayne/Batman, Silverstone starred as Batgirl, and Schwarzenegger acted as Mr. Freeze. The movie was poorly received and currently has a 12% status on Rotten Tomatoes.
Clooney Said ‘Batman & Robin’ ‘Wasn’t A Good Film’
Clooney got into the acting industry like many actors did, through small parts in series. The actor appeared in “The Fact of Life,” he then appeared in “E.R.,” which was his big break. His role as Dr. Doug Ross earned him a lot of popularity, and in 1997 he was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People‘s magazine.
The actor eventually appeared in the comic book adaptation of “Batman & Robin.” Although he played the masked crusader, he wasn’t fond of the movie. In a 2019 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said, “I wasn’t good in it; it wasn’t a good film.”
However, it wasn’t such a terrible experience. Clooney’s experience in the movie helped him in his future projects. He continued, “What I learned from that failure was that I had to relearn how I was working. Now, I wasn’t just an actor getting a role; I was being held responsible for the film itself.”
He started focusing more on his scripts, and his subsequent movies gave him a much-needed rebound. His next film was “Out of Sight,” released in 1998, which was largely successful. After that, the actor starred in “From Heaven,” “Insomnia,” “Welcome to Collingwood,” and many others.
Thurman’s Character Was Applauded In ‘Batman & Robin’
Although the movie was criticized upon its release, Thurman’s performance as Poison Ivy was commended. Her character was Pamela Isley, a botanist who became a plant-manipulating supervillain. The change happened after her colleague Jason Woodrue played by John Glover, turned over a shelf of toxins on her.
After she arrived at Gotham City, the supervillain partnered with Mr. Freeze but was eventually defeated by Batgirl. She later sparked Freeze’s ire when he found out she tried to murder his wife, Nora.
Besides Thurman’s role in “Batman & Robin,” the actress also starred in “Gattaca,” “My Super Ex-Girlfriend,” the “Kill Bill” movies, and “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” Her recent tv appearances were in the “Suspicion” series and “Super Pumped.”