Every Batman Movie Villain Ever Ranked From Worst To Best

17. Poison Ivy (Batman & Robin)

Mr Freeze Penguin Riddler Joker
Warner Bros.

Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) is unquestionably one of Batman's most iconic and recognisable villains, and on paper actually seemed like a perfect fit for Joel Schumacher's more elevated, theatrical brand of Batman movies.

To her credit, Uma Thurman's commitment is never in doubt, delivering a deliciously campy performance as the seductive ecoterrorist at the center of most everybody's least-favourite Batman film.

But as a character, her Ivy is gossamer-thin at best: a chest-beating feminist who wants to save the world from "the thoughtless ravages of man," and has a whale of a time manipulating every man in her midst.

Yet there's disappointingly little meat on the character's bones and the movie never gives us much of a glimpse at Ivy's interior self, as is necessary for any great Batman villain.

Thurman tries her damnedest to rise above the weak material, but there's only so much any actor could do here.

In this post: 
First Posted On: 

Stay at home dad who spends as much time teaching his kids the merits of Martin Scorsese as possible (against the missus' wishes). General video game, TV and film nut. Occasional sports fan. Full time loon.