Mary Hamilton is going to turn full-on Poison Ivy in the midseason finale of Batwoman.
The CW has shared a first look at Nicole Kang’s full Poison Ivy transformation for next week’s Batwoman episode. Feat not, however, as the real Poison Ivy will be arriving when the series returns after the midseason break.
Speaking to the first time she put on the costume, Kang told Entertainment Weekly, “I was really emotional. I burst into tears. It has given me purpose and drive, and ultimately, I’m really proud of how Poison Ivy came out. What I’m most proud of is that it is rooted in history, both comic and fashion history. And it is culturally conscious. And then I am what’s inside of it, what’s filling it. And as a Korean girl, that when it all came together.”
She went on to add, “Everybody, I think, has been wanting Mary to [become a superhero because there’s] the expectation that everybody suits up and for us to subvert that expectation — We have a Black Batwoman, we have Batwing, and an Asian Poison Ivy — it’s so cool. It’s really exciting for me to create a fully-fledged Asian villain. I think sometimes Asian villains are not explained, right? Their humanity is sometimes lost when in telling a story about a hero. And I think it’s super brilliant. I give [showrunner] Caroline Dries all the props of creating a hero, and then turning her into a villain. I am very thrilled.”
How will the original Poison Ivy handle this? We’ll just have to wait and see.