Nov 20, 2019
Batman & Robin (1997) (part 3 of 13)
We cut to a ruined castle out in the jungle somewhere. This is a mad scientist’s lab, and pretty obviously “inspired” by Frankenstein movies. (Those who doubt this inspiration are immediately silenced as lightning actually strikes the castle.)
Inside we find Pamela Isley, mad scientist, being played by Uma Thurman in Plain Chick mode. Meaning, her hair is dyed brown and in desperate need of conditioner, and she’s wearing a dirty smock and glasses with thick black frames. She helpfully describes her experiments into an Exposition Device, I mean, into a tape recorder.
Isley explains how she’s experimenting with “animal-plant cross breedings”. She’s giving plants doses of a formula called “Venom” so that “these plants can fight back like animals” against “the thoughtless ravages of man!” This lets us know that, since this is the 90’s, the soon-to-be Poison Ivy has been updated to a fanatical tree-hugger.
Isley hears some screams coming from behind an ominous steel door. She makes an expository note about how someone named Dr. Woodrue has taken some samples of her Venom for use in his “mysterious Gilgamesh wing!”