There used to be a time when being in a big-screen superhero movie was the “in-thing” to do in Hollywood – in a bad way, that is. Once-great franchises like Tim Burton’s Batman (and first sequel Batman Returns) began to spiral out of control under the direction of Joel Schumacher with Batman Forever, and eventually met its demise with Batman & Robin, as every actor with a heartbeat wanted a piece of it. Simply put, the final Batman movie in the 1980s and ’90s saga just became too overstuffed with heroes and villains, and as a result, characters like Uma Thurman’s Poison Ivy got lost in madness, ultimately leaving fans in utter disappointment.
Thanks to the success of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, the door was swung wide-open for more DC superheroes and villain movies in the DC Extended Universe, including, of course, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Ayer is now working on the spinoff, Gotham City Sirens, which will feature a trio of Gotham’s most notorious female criminals, including Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). Another potential candidate for the movie appears to be Jessica Chastain, whose fiery red locks alone seem to make her a natural to harvest a new and improved Poison Ivy for movie fans.
In an interview with Cinema Blend, Chastain seems to be open to the idea:
“I’m interested in all things where the characters are strong and dynamic, and not stereotypes or objects. I like female characters that are subjects, not objects. And so, if Poison Ivy happens to be that, sure. Throw my hat in the ring.”
Cinema Blend deduced Chastain’s answer to mean that “strong and dynamic” and “female characters that are not objects” to be the operative words, if she were to agree to play Poison Ivy – and given the direction of the DCEU, she should have little to worry about. After all, Harley Quinn commanded the audience’s attention in Suicide Squad with her strength, wit and wiles; and the trailers for Wonder Woman have left no doubt in fans’ minds that Gal Gadot’s formidable Amazonian is going to continue to kick some serious butt, much in the way she did in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and promises to do in Justice League.
In a movie genre that attracting more and more Oscar-caliber talent, two-time Academy Award nominee Chastain would be a great addition to the DCEU, and not just because she would breathe a new and exciting life into Poison Ivy. Her impressive acting chops brings a certain amount of clout with it – more so than Megan Fox and Mr. Robot’s Stephanie Corneliussen, who have also expressed interest in the role – and casting her in Gotham City Sirens will undoubtedly help speed up the film’s development process.
Source: Cinema Blend