The CW’s Batwoman has unveiled a new image of Nicole Kang as Poison Ivy ahead of the show’s midseason finale on November 24.
The image depicts Mary Hamilton’s transformation into Gotham City supervillain Poison Ivy, as she gears up to use 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, in the midseason finale of Batwoman, “Pick Your Poison,” which airs on November 24 on The CW.
The forthcoming episode, directed by Holly Dale from a script by Kelly Ota and Emily Alonso, will see Ryan’s family dynamic grow even more complicated. She will find herself in the middle of a Bat Team stand-off between Luke and Mary while Alice finds a new sidekick in her stepsister who is transforming into the supervillain that makes all others green with envy.
“I’m so excited to bring you Poison Ivy. She’s here… finally! That’s a sentence I never thought I’d say. Wow,” Kang said in a statement. “In our story, I am most proud that Poison Ivy is an Asian villain whose danger does not stem from her foreignness or her mystique. Instead, we discover her personal motivations alongside those of the OG Poison Ivy’s and see them intertwine in an organic and powerful way.
“I am so humbled to be a Korean girl in line behind THE Uma Thurman to play the next live-action Poison Ivy (what?!). Hopefully the future holds space for others like me and beyond to portray one hell of a character. For everything you’ve let me feel, scream, and become through you, Poison Ivy— thank you.”
“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,” executive producer Caroline Dries added. “It was so exciting to work alongside Nicole as we picked hair color, eye color 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.”
Costume designer Maya Mani, makeup department head Cory Roberts and hair department head Ashley Young helped to bring Kang’s Mary Hamilton alter-ego to life on the show, which you’ll see in all its green glory when the episode airs on November 24. It will also be available for free on The CW app and site the day after broadcast.
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