Fans were treated to a first look at Batwoman’s new version of Poison Ivy this week. In preparation for the mid-season finale of the popular CW series, Nicole Kang took to Twitter to show off her character’s new look. The series had been setting up the transformation over a few episodes with the intention of bringing Poison Ivy into the fold. And now it looks like the time is almost here. Kang tweeted:
“POISON IVY. She’s here. And she’s the first of her kind. I don’t have words to describe what this image says and this moment for me. To be next behind THE Uma Thurman has been intimidating, to say the least but freeing to say today.”
After being infected by a missing “Bat Trophy” – a mysterious thorn – Mary’s journey culminates in the 24 November midseason finale “Pick Your Poison” episode as she fully transforms into the supervillain.
In the sixth episode of the season, How Does Your Garden Grow we learned that Mary had been infected by one of Pam Isley’s vines, and now “the selfless and caring Mary Hamilton (Kang) we’ve come to know and love is taking a backseat to a pernicious and virulent version of herself. No longer content with her supporting role on the Bat Team, Poison Ivy Mary uses her newfound powers to stand up, stand out, and express her most deeply buried opinions and desires — regardless of who or what may be in her way. But more awaits Mary as her destiny delivers her at the root of her new persona, as she realizes her power bloomed to give life to another…Gotham’s long lost and most infamous botanist.
“As we’ve watched the fallout of Batman’s Rogues’ weapons this season, we wanted to make a few of these ‘trophies’ personal to our Bat Team, and Mary felt like the ideal character to go through a major ‘photosynthesis,’ said executive producer Caroline Dries. “The fun part of making each villain’s powers transferable is that we get to do our own spin on the character — this one through the lens of what Mary would create: something heightened, playful, fashion-forward, and sexy. It was so exciting to work alongside Nicole as we picked hair colour, eye colour and, of course, the clothing itself. But it wasn’t until Nicole showed up on set and absolutely killed her performance that the character of Poison Ivy Mary was complete.”