The Batman has astounded superhero fans around the world with a fresh and enjoyable new take on the eponymous Caped Crusader, played by Robert Pattinson, as he takes on the treacherous Riddler in a bid for the fate of Gotham City itself.
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With a sequel inevitable for the Matt Reeves-directed flick, many fans are lobbying for iconic comic villain Poison Ivy to join Batman’s new cinematic Rogues Gallery. Furthermore, several fans have taken to Reddit in order to voice their opinions about which actresses they think should take on such an important role.
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Some casting choices for the iconic character of Poison Ivy’s next rendition skew a bit younger than previous actresses to inhabit the role. For example, Reddit user mattholomus writes “I think Anya Taylor-Joy would be great” when asked who they would cast as the Batman villain.
The 25-year-old actress certainly has the right aura about her to play such a nefarious and mysterious villain like Pamela Isley, as evidenced by her recent turn in Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho. Her talent to act in films with a darker tone would also lend to the world that Matt Reeves has created with The Batman.
While discussing the potential futures of The Batman universe, Redditor GreenPowerline95 glumly wrote that they were “definitely team Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Poison Ivy, but she went and joined the MCU,” referring to Raw’s role as Ravonna Renslayer in the Disney+ series Loki.
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Though Mbatha-Raw has already thrown in her lot with the opposite end of the superhero spectrum, this certainly doesn’t rule her out to appear in a DC film. Should the award-winning actress join the ranks of actors and actresses that have played both Marvel and DC characters, she would surely bring very charismatic energy and sinisterly evil presence to the longtime Batman villain.
A Reddit user by the title of Ser_Pr1ze has a strong argument as to why Mad Men star Christina Hendricks should be cast as Poison Ivy. “Her ability to combine seduction, intelligence, and discontent into her performances makes me think she could create a relatable and realistic Poison Ivy,” writes the Redditor.
Hendricks could certainly pull off a villainous yet sympathetic take on Poison Ivy, perhaps one more akin to the version seen on the animated series Harley Quinn. This could prove to be a breakout comic book role for the actress, though others have floated Hendricks’s name for the Enchantress in the MCU. Whether or not she will be cast as either remains to be seen.
Redditor BumpyDenny93 has a purpose behind their choice for the Batman villainess. “Teyonah Parris,” they write in a fan-casting thread, “because it’s time for a Black Poison Ivy.” This post references the fact that, despite the character’s numerous appearances in various media, the character has always been depicted as being white (or, at times, completely green).
Parris already has a history in the superhero genre, most notably including her role in the MCU’s emotionally devastating series WandaVision as Monica Rambeau. However, the actress has also demonstrated her incredible acting chops in more artistic films such as Dear White People and Chi-Raq. Given her career past, if cast, Parris would certainly add extra gravitas to the often quite campy character.
Sometimes, the best fan castings dip into the well of previously established superhero media. Redditor tcdjcfo314 understands that concept in their suggestion of Sophie Turner as Poison Ivy, citing Turner’s similar appearance to the character, as well as the actress’s necessity for “new life breathed into her career.”
Turner made a name for herself with the HBO series Game of Thrones, in which she portrayed Sansa Stark. She achieved newfound fame, however, in her role as Jean Grey in the last two Fox X-Men films. While the actress could make for a great Poison Ivy, with the mutants on their way to the MCU, it may be more likely that fans see her pop up in future Marvel projects instead.
Though they had a wide array of actresses they would like to see on the role of Poison Ivy, including Priyanka Chopra and Natalie Dormer, Reddit user Indomin ultimately proclaimed Jessica Chastain as their “top pick” for the role.
Chastain certainly has an impressive body of work under her belt already, including an appearance in Fox’s timeline-destroying Dark Phoenix film in the X-Men franchise. Additionally, having recently broken into the action-film scene with movies like The 355, Chastain may be open to appearing as a Batman baddie in a future sequel.
One Reddit user would like to see a certain actress jump across the aisle from Marvel in order to play this comic book villain. “I would like to see Karen Gillan as Poison Ivy,” writes Redditor jidiest, alluding to the mega-star of MCU and Doctor Who fame.
Gillan has already proven that she has the acting chops for either a comedic or villainous role, given that the Poison Ivy character tends to go either way. Though the actress has aired more toward heroic roles throughout her career, one would be remiss not to cite her work as the tragic antihero Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a role which Gillan will reprise soon in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Ana De Armas
A certain casting for Dr. Pamela Isely comes on the heels of one actress’s monumental leap to stardom over the past several years. In a post calling for the Plant Queen’s next appearance, Redditor JOB_205 expresses their beliefs that “Ana de Armas could do it.”
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Ana de Armas has found incredible popularity over the past several years, thanks to her roles in major blockbusters like Blade Runner 2049, Knives Out, and, most recently, No Time To Die. de Armas certainly has the star power to find herself attached to such a role, which would only cement her place in the zeitgeist of popular culture.
One Reddit user by the handle of ab316_1punchd has strong feelings regarding the iconic villain’s casting. At one point during a long thread discussing possibilities for the character in the future of the franchise, they write that they were “basically dreaming Jodie Comer in the role just yesterday,” expressing their vehement desire to see the actress take on the part.
Jodie Comer is best known for her work in the BBC series Killing Eve as the delightfully psychotic Villanelle, a perfect character for one to prepare for a role as deliciously evil as Poison Ivy. With Killing Eve approaching its series finale, Comer will be in need of a new part to dazzle her fans in, and The Batman 2 could be a very real possibility for the actress on that end.
Certain actresses are too great a fit for their roles to possibly pass up. This became evident when a Reddit poll by user Pretend_Novel_2743 found that Emma Stone was the clear favorite to play the Batman’s botanical baddie, beating out several other actresses including Famke Janssen, Ana de Armas, Peyton Riley, Lena Headey, and Zendaya.
Stone is an incredibly gifted actress, with an Oscar from La La Land to prove it. She certainly has the talent to pull off a vicious villain that is somehow still grounded in reality, perhaps even with a certain level of relatability as well. Given her recent villainous turn in Disney’s Cruella, which proved to be a large enough hit to warrant a sequel, Stone could very well return to the comic book film scene in order to bring yet another iconic villain to life.
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