Mary, Mary, quite contrary…
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After a few weeks of hinting, Mary Hamilton was officially revealed as the newest Poison Ivy host on “Batwoman” this week. And in a first look photo for next week’s mid-season finale, Nicole Kang is fully embracing her new dark (green) side.
In “How Does Your Garden Grow?” this week, we simply saw Ivy’s influence in Mary’s eyes, which went from her typical dark brown to a startling green. There was also a not-so-subtle homage to Uma Thurman’s turn as the villain with Mary’s hairstyle, but obviously, that’s not enough.
Check out Nicole Kang’s full transformation in the photo below.
Now, Mary Hamilton is rocking Poison Ivy’s signature red hair (which isn’t colored by special effects. Kang really dyed it for the role). And of course, she’s absolutely serving that all-green suit.
“I created this costume to reflect Mary’s desire to be seen and heard by those closest to her, while maintaining her unique eye for fun and fanciful fashion; a strong shoulder and a corset to symbolize a trellis guiding her alter ego upwards,” costume designer Maya Mani said.
As for Kang herself, she couldn’t be more excited to become an iconic Gotham baddie.
“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.”
So, for those who are wondering, yes, Bridget Regan will still appear as the original Poison Ivy, Pamela Isley, this season. For the time being though, she’s buried somewhere under Gotham, thanks to Batman and her ex, Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) — not dead, but certainly not thriving.
From what we saw this week, it appears that by infecting Mary, Pam has some sort of mental connection to her. As Mary explains to Montoya in the Botanical Gardens, Pam is still angry with Renee, and certainly doesn’t want the detective to finally track her down.
Before the cops can snag her though, Poison Mary escapes, and is eventually able to flee Gotham — with an assist from Alice (Rachel Skarsten). It’s Alice who figured out Mary’s trigger is sunlight, and with that, she earned her “evil” stepsister’s trust.
And it appears that new bond won’t be breaking any time soon. As Rachel Skarsten told TheWrap back in October, “They become good buds. Kind of like Bonnie and Clyde actually.”
The mid-season finale of “Batwoman” airs on The CW on Wednesday, November 24, at 9 p.m. ET.
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