16She was originally created to be a love interest for Batman
While Ivy is now an independent, powerful eco-terrorist. However, this wasn’t what the original vision of her character was meant to be. She was intended to be a love interest for Bruce Wayne. While she and Batman have certainly had a romantic connection before, Ivy has
grown to be much more.
Created in 1966 by by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, Poison Ivy first appeared in Batman #181. She didn’t have an origin when she first showed up, she was simply a seductress.
In her original meeting with the Dark Knight, she creates love potions to trap him. She was shown to be completely infatuated with him, and he was attracted to her but reluctant to act on it.
Her popularity continued to grow, however, and they eventually created a backstory for her. Since then, she has become more empowered and complex, standing alone as one of his most dangerous enemies.
Ivy and Bruce do still have some sexual tension, but she is alluring to most of her enemies and cares more about the environment than romance.