James Gunn Debunks Poison Ivy Spinoff Movie Rumours

James Gunn Debunks Poison Ivy Spinoff Movie Rumours

DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn has refuted rumours about there being a The Batman spinoff Poison Ivy movie in the works. Just before March ended, it was revealed that Clayface would be part of Matt Reeves’ The Batman Part Two. Not only that but Midnight Mass director Mike Flanagan was reported to have pitched a Clayface film to DC Studios.

Interestingly, there are also rumours of a Poison Ivy solo film. It had been said that the film was going to be inspired by a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne titled Rappaccini’s Daughter, which was first published in 1844.

It was even reported by ComicBook.com that Katee Sackhoff (The Mandalorian) would be interested in playing the role if given the chance. Rappaccini’s Daughter is a tragic love story between a young medical student Giovanni and the daughter of a scientist Beatrice.

Beatrice’s father is known to create poisonous plants. Her exposure to the plans gave her resistance to poisons, but she also acquired toxicity to other individuals.

DC Studios Head James Gunn Clears The Truth On Poison Ivy Solo Film

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Of course, with James Gunn being active on social media, one would ask him if there were any truth to the rumours spreading around. He simply said:


While this can be disappointing news to many since there are many fans of the character. There is still potential that the character will show up on film and TV. With DC Studios now developing the new DC Universe and Matt Reeves also diving into other Batman villains, there is always that possibility that we will see Poison Ivy in the future. Reeves said he’d like to include her in one of his sequels.

For now, the only confirmed spinoff project is The Penguin, featuring Colin Farrell in the lead role. The series is slated to be released on HBO Max and takes place between the events of The Batman and its sequel, The Batman Part Two.

Reports of a Poison Ivy film have been around for some time now. Even before the recent one spreading around. Two years ago Giant Freakin Robot reported the possibility of a solo film that would be set in the DCEU or even Reeves’ The Batman universe. At one point, Terence Winter, who is known for The Wolf of Wall Street and Tulsa King, was even reported to be attached to a project that would have featured the character.

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James Gunn Debunks Poison Ivy Spinoff Movie Rumours

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It’s obvious that many fans would want to see Poison Ivy in any DC universe. So, it’s going to be a missed opportunity if DC Studios won’t give the character a chance to be on screen. And some would even love to see Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy get together. Many enjoyed it when it did happen in comics and in the Harley Quinn animated TV series. Even Margot Robbie, who played Harley in the DCEU, said that she’d like that to happen.

The character first appeared in Batman No. 181 in 1966. She was created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Sheldon Moldoff. She has the power to control plants and develop toxins.

Poison Ivy has been portrayed in live-action by several actors. The most famous one is by Uma Thurman (Suspicion) in Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin (1997). In the Gotham TV series, she was portrayed by three actresses, namely Clare Foley (Sinister), Maggie Geha (Mr. Iglesias) and Peyton List (Star Trek: Picard). In the Arrowverse, there were two versions. One was played by Bridget Regan, and another was played by Nicole Kang.

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