Film / Batman & Robin
"Hi Freeze, I'm Batman."
George Clooney, as Batman, complete with Head Bob

1997's Batman & Robin was the fourth and final film in the original Batman franchise. Like its predecessor, Batman Forever, it was headed up by Joel Schumacher and retains that film's campier style, dual villains, and over the top aesthetic... and then some.

Following up the storyline from the previous movie, Batman and Robin are now a duo and do battle with the new cold-themed villain, Mr. Freeze (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger). The combative nature of their partnership is further tested by the emergence of a second villain, Poison Ivy (played by Uma Thurman), who has a grudge to bear against all mankind and drives a seductive wedge between the heroes. When Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze form an unusual partnership and plan to freeze Gotham and take over the world, the Dynamic Duo appears outmatched. Good thing Alfred's niece is in town and he made her a form-fitting batsuit.

Not to be confused with the Batman and Robin Serial, the Grant Morrison comic series of the same title, or the Frank Miller series All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder

This film provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Julie Madison, Bruce's steady girlfriend in the film, was originally scripted to have a more prominent role where Poison Ivy actually killed her and motivated Bruce for revenge. This was cut by the time of filming, but the movie clearly still has elements of this in the screenplay and Julie abruptly vanishes from the film in the third act without even so much as a reference as to where she is.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Batgirl is a blonde here rather than a redhead. This Barbara is also Alfred's niece, instead of Jim Gordon's daughter, so she's not exactly the same character.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Barbara Gordon becomes Barbara Wilson, on account of being Alfred's niece instead of Jim Gordon's daughter.
  • Alternate DVD Commentary: A RiffTrax has been made, with all the gags submitted by fans of the site. This was also the first of the Batman films DVD Podblast took on.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Ivy-league Batgirl actually tells Poison Ivy to read a book sometime.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: There's actually a surprisingly deep quote in this movie which captures the existential nature of Batman's character
    Alfred: "Death and chance stole your parents. But rather than become a victim, you have done everything in your power to control the fates. For what is Batman if not an effort to master the chaos that sweeps our world, an attempt to control death itself."
  • Artistic License – Biology: The cops in Mr. Freeze's lair SCREAM "My lungs!! My LUNGS are FREEZING!!" courtesy of some freezing gas by the icy villain. How, pray tell, does Joel Schumacher explain their ability to form sounds, much less scream, when their lungs are freezing?
    • The guy's diaphragm and vocal cords might still be functional, even with the layer of frost on the inside of his lungs.
  • Artistic License – History: Okay, it's a throw-away remark, but you'd think that a scientist of all people would know that the dinosaurs were actually killed by an asteroid crashing into the Earth, and that the Ice Age didn't occur until sixty-three million years later.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Regardless of how steep a roof may be, falling on one at terminal velocity should be death, not a chance to show off mad roof boardin' skills. Also glaring is somehow Mr. Freeze isn't turned into a metal pancake by somehow shooting his ice beam down? To recap, Batman has stolen the airfoil/wings Freeze was using to not turn into the before-mentioned pancake, and Freeze uses his ice weapon to not die....... somehow.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Doctor Woodrue, responsible for the creations of Bane and Poison Ivy, the latter of whom was created by accident.
    • The two guards Ivy killed to spring Freeze.
  • Auction of Evil: Dr. Woodrue's super serum auction.
  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: The only reason this movie seems to be rated PG-13 instead of PG is because of Poison Ivy's endless and blatant sexual innuendo.
  • Award-Bait Song: Gotham City by R. Kelly. Its remix, featuring rapper Stringz, is slightly less pretentious but is not included on the soundtrack.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Bat and Freeze suits were notoriously difficult to move in, specifically the neck (Batman wouldn't be able to turn his head until the Dark Knight Saga). Though you can see hints of this in the previous films, with two characters in stiff suits, it becomes much more prominent.
  • Bald of Evil: Mr. Freeze.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Post-transformation Pamela Isley rises up from the ruins of her lab with the bottom half of her shirt ripped off, leaving her in what is, essentially, a crop top.
  • Batman Cold Open: Surprisingly averted.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Robin is able to outsmart Ivy and trick her into telling him her plan by pretending to still be in love with her like she pretended to love him until he could discover if she could truly be trusted. Slightly downplayed by Ivy ultimately getting the last laugh over Robin in their “relationship”, shoving him into her pond to drown him and leaving him as a way of “breaking up with him”, but Robin survives with the info and Ivy is defeated shortly afterwards.
  • Big Bad: Poison Ivy. While Mr. Freeze is the bigger threat, Poison Ivy manipulates him for her own ends.
  • Big Bra to Fill: Batgirl, definitely. Poison Ivy to a lesser extent, as Uma Thurman actually has a decently sized bust line, but her tall and skinny figure is way off the curvaceous comic-book version.
  • Big "NO!": Robin delivers one when Batman disables his Redbird controls out of concern for the "Boy" Wonder's safety.
  • Bizarrchitecture: The Gotham Observatory is situated at the top of a giant fortress wall, with a statue holding up its hand... to hold the observatory.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Mr. Freeze, despite being armed and fully powered, actually goes so far as to say "I'll kill you next time!" when Batman is stopped, panicked, and off-balance, and right after he has just shot Robin anyway. The question of "Why not just shoot him now?!" is never addressed.
    • A lesser example, after Poison Ivy's kiss fails to kill Robin she shoves him into the pond to drown him instead of just kissing him again after he removed the rubber lips. Then instead of staying to make sure he died she tries to leave while simple saying "see ya!" treating it as a break-up instead of trying to kill her enemy.
  • Brain Uploading: In one very confusing bit in a movie full of them, it turns out that Alfred has his brain already uploaded to the Bat-Computer. While this may seem prudent considering his imminent death, we are given no hints about this beforehand and it's only to justify Barbara having a pre-made Batgirl suit ready for her.
  • The Brute: Bane. Say what you will about how the character was written and performed, the appearance and feats are bang on.
  • Burning with Anger: Mr. Freeze appears to burn cold. His eyes and breath glow in the dark in the film's climax; this coincides with Nora's apparent death at the hands of Batman, which kicks off Freeze's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Call-Back:
    • Robin's first lines: "I want a car! Chicks dig the car." The second sentence is also said by Batman in the previous film.
    • Once again, Batman repeats "I'm Batman." when he first encounters Mr. Freeze (see page quote).
    • The expiry date of the BAT CREDIT CARD is "Forever."
  • Came Back Strong: Poison Ivy. When Dr. Woodrue explains that he used her research to further his own experiments for world domination, Pamela is completely outraged and disgusted at how he's perverted her work, prompting him to kill her by pushing a table of chemicals and assorted types of venom onto her. The toxins she was covered in then melted into the ground and completely swallowed her up. After some time later she emerged back up dripping with deadly allure.
  • The Cameo: Coolio as Banker, who takes bets in illegal motorcycle races. Vivica A. Fox as Ms. B. Haven, whom Freeze spurns in favor of Nora.
  • Camp: Following in the footsteps of the previous film, Batman Forever, and turned Up to Eleven. It backfired spectacularly.
  • Captain Obvious: After Robin and Batman have fought for a second time they talk about Poison Ivy and Batman, the world's greatest detective gives us:
    Robin: "I can't believe we were fighting over a bad guy.
    Batman: "Bad: yes. Guy: no."
  • Cardboard Prison: Arkham Asylum, as usual. For starters, at least according to the last scene, the cells are unisex.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Mr. Freeze, who even shouts "Kill the heroes!" It is also worth mentioning that his only non-ice-related pun in the whole film, if memory serves, is the one identifying himself and Poison Ivy as "Adam and Evil".
    • Freeze's case is particularly troublesome, as he gets the sympathetic background that could make him an Anti-Villain.
    • Poison Ivy.
  • Chair Reveal: Poison Ivy invokes this on her plant throne when she calls Robin to her lair to seduce him, complete with a provocative recline befitting the villainess.
  • Charity Ball: Batman and Robin has attended it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The satellite light relay system that's used to defrost Gotham City.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Robin's infamous "COWABUN-GAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!" as he slides off a rooftop on a door after jumping out of Mr Freeze's exploding rocket.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Dr. Chase Meridian, Batman's love interest from Batman Forever, is nowhere to be seen or mentioned.
  • Clothing Damage: The chemical cocktail that Pamela Isley falls into not only turns her into Poison Ivy, it tears up her formerly frumpy clothes to make her sexier, naturally leaving enough clothing to keep her PG-13.
  • Composite Character:
    • An odd case of Mr. Freeze being a composite of the Batman: The Animated Series interpretation that brought the character out of obscurity and the 60s TV series that originally named him. Someone decided it would be a good idea to mix the tragic backstory of the former with the cackling, pun spouting mad scientist of the latter.
    • Bane here is closer to a character from the comics named Ivan, later known as Ivor. Like the Bane, Ivan doesn't speak much except for short and simple sentences. The scene where Ivy disguises herself with a wig and Bane/Ivan drives her from the airport comes from 1981's Batman #339. Just like Bane, Ivan is turned into a powerful half man, half plant (as evidence in 1982's Batman #344)) that's enhanced with a formula that is based on Ivy's (which she developed to create carnivore plants).
    • Barbara Wilson/Batgirl is a composite of Barbara Gordon and Alfred's niece, Daphne (who first shows up in 1969's Batman #216).
  • Continuity Nod:
    • A quick eye will spot the uniforms of The Riddler and Two-Face in the closet at Arkham Asylum, a nod to their Batman Forever incarnations.
    • A more subtle callback to Forever can be found in the infamous Bat Credit Card scene. Take a close look at the card - its "good through" date is Forever.
    • Alfred makes a quip when the new Batmobile is revealed, something to the effect of "Do try and bring this one back in one piece, sir!", alluding to the tremendous amount of Bat-tech that the Caped Crusader destroyed over the course of three movies.
    • The Lock and Load Montage at the beginning.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Mr. Freeze is trapped by an "ice beam" in Arkham Asylum, however it only seems to work in the area immediately surrounding his bed.
  • Conveniently Cellmates: At the end, former partners Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze are put in the same cell.
  • Cool Car: Aside from their ostensibly commercial purposes, the Batmobile of this movie could certainly be one and Robin's Redbird motorcycle ain't too shabby either.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: The super serum auction, the "Un-United Nations", has one of these, each displaying their own national stereotype. Please note the Token Evil American in the trope page.
  • Costume Porn:
    Joel Schumacher: "I had no idea that putting nipples on the Batsuit and Robin suit were going to spark international headlines. The bodies of the suits come from ancient Greek statues, which display perfect bodies. They are anatomically erotic."
    • People, Batgirl's suit does have nipples. They're just not displayed nearly as prominently due to concerns over an "R" rating.
    • The metallic armor Mr. Freeze sports also counts - There were only two of them, handmade by a Tinsmith with individual working pieces and weighing in at about one-hundred pounds each! There were likely pragmatic reasons for casting Arnold Schwarzenegger... somebody had to wear this thing.
  • Crazy-Prepared: How prepared is Batman? He has pop-out ice-skates in his boots and a Bat-zamboni to drive around in.
    • Freeze had some spare cooling compound to "winterize pipes" just in case he needed to break out of a fortified cell.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Dr. Woodrue creates Bane to auction off to world dictators. Woodrue is also responsible for the transformation of Pamela Isley to Poison Ivy after having thought to have killed her, but that was largely by accident, and it doesn't end well for Woodrue.
  • Crowd Hockey: When Mr. Freeze is trying to steal a giant diamond and the heroes and henchman play actual hockey (complete with sticks and skates) to get it back.
  • Crusading Widower: Mr. Freeze.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Once Batgirl arrives at Ivy’s lair she kicks her butt in less than five minutes and leaves her trapped in her own throne with no trouble at all.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Mr. Freeze decides to build a giant freeze ray out of several dozen very large and valuable diamonds in order to hold the city hostage for money rather than, well, fencing the diamonds over the black market.
    • Or perhaps sell the schematics of his fully operational freeze ray for a cool couple of million.
    • Or perhaps he could take the ransom, and then dismantle it and sell the parts? Or even the whole thing to someone else with world domination plans.
    • OR maybe just market the cure for stage one of Mac Gregor Syndrome, which would further fund the research to combat stage two and/or inspire other medical scientists to help seek a cure for it, which was the entire motivation behind getting the ransom money in the first place.
      • In Freeze's defense though the submersion in chemicals he suffered could've affected his better judgement.
  • Dating Catwoman: Robin believes he is doing this with Poison Ivy. He is in love with Poison Ivy and thinks that she loves him too. Even after he finds out she is a villain who helped Freeze escape Arkham, he believes she loves him enough to change sides so they can be together. Actually, she is only flirting with him and pretends to love him to tear him and Batman apart. They officially "break up" after Robin comes to his senses and takes precautions against Ivy's kiss, and Ivy shoves him into the pond for his treachery.
  • Death Glare: Poison Ivy gives Robin a furious one when he reveals her kiss didn't work on him and he tricked her into revealing her plans. She then shoves him into the pond to drown him.
  • Declarative Finger: "You LAWYE!"
  • Designated Girl Fight: It's brought up in The Agony Booth's recap that Batgirl's presence may be (besides merchandising) so somebody could actually fight Poison Ivy, all because of this trope. The male good guys were incapacitated in Ivy's lair.
    • In the comics and the cartoons, the hammer of justice is unisex and Batman does not hesitate to knock Ivy (or any other villainess) flat, but this would have been far more controversial in family-friendly live action.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Mr. Freeze, at least thrice:
    • After Ivy fools him into thinking that Batman pulled the plug on his cryogenically frozen wife. ("If I must suffer, humanity will suffer with me!")
    • After Batman defeats him in hand-to-hand combat, smashing his protective glass helmet (without which he will die) and leaving him lying on his back and cringing under a beam of sunlight. He decides to kill Batman along with himself, pressing a button on his glove that triggers the bombs that Bane had earlier placed around the observatory and screaming "FREEZE IN HELL, BATMAN!"
    • And once more after the bombs fail to kill anyone, including himself. ("Go ahead.... Kill me too.... just as you killed my wife.")
  • Didn't Think This Through: After his kiss with Ivy, Robin one ups her by pulling off his rubber lips that protected him while sitting right next to her, with their faces still inches apart. He could have kept them on and surprised her by tackling her, but instead he decided to taunt Ivy's failure to kill him, and was shoved into her pond and almost drowned as a result.
    • Ivy for her part could have grabbed Robin and forced a second kiss on him, but was so angry and humiliated he outsmarted her and stole a kiss from her she shoved him away to drown him instead. Then leaves him to his fate instead of staying to finish the job, and taunts him with a smug "see ya!" like she was breaking up with him for humiliating her instead of trying to kill him for knowing to much.
  • Double Entendre: Half of Poison Ivy's dialogue. And all of George Clooney's during his promotional work.
  • Double Standard: Both in universe and in audience reactions, in regards the presence and absence of "bat-nipples" in the character suits.
  • The Dragon: Bane, to Poison Ivy.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Mr. Freeze to Poison Ivy.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Both Bane and Mr. Freeze are defeated 10-20 minutes after Poison Ivy.
  • Dull Surprise: Alicia Silverstone's reaction to everything. George Clooney also doesn't show a lot of variety in emotion, mostly because he seems to realize what kind of movie he's in and acts accordingly.
  • Dumb Muscle: Bane.
  • Dying Curse: Poison Ivy literally yells "Curses!" just before she is eaten by her own Man-Eating Plant. Subverted because she's later fine.
  • Endless Winter: Mr. Freeze's plot is to freeze Gotham City using a massive version of his freeze ray.
  • Engineered Public Confession: "As I told Lady Freeze when I pulled her plug, this is a one-woman show."
  • Evil Is Hammy: In typical Batman fashion.
  • Evil Makeover: Poison Ivy. Apparently knocking a nerdy scientist into an undisclosed combination of chemicals will cause her to turn into a hot chick.
  • Exact Words: Poison Ivy asks Robin to kiss her for luck before he leaves her lair to stop Freeze. She doesn’t say until after the kiss that it’s for “bad” luck.
  • Fanservice: Batgirl suiting up with prominent shots of her crotch, boobs, and ass. Contrary to popular belief, her suit actually does carry some form of the Bat-Nipples found on Batman and Robin's suits, though due to concerns regarding the film's rating, they're not nearly as prominent. The suit-ups of the men include their manly chests and their manly sculpted butts, so there's enough suit-up service to go around.
  • Feather Boa Constrictor: Poison Ivy when she revives at the start of the film.
  • Forceful Kiss: Poison Ivy does this to most of her victims. She forced a kiss on Dr. Woodrue when she first emerged, though he quickly returns the kiss, and later on both guards at Arkham when busting out Freeze. The only one this doesn't happen to is Robin, who kisses her willingly after her seductions.
  • Foreshadowing: When Batman and Robin head out to stop Mr. Freeze in the opener, Alfred starts to tremble in a very ill manner.
    • In Ivy’s lair Robin is much more focused and careful around Ivy than he was previously, even refusing to kiss her until she cooperates and proves she can be trusted. This shows that he’s taken precautions against her and isn’t as in love with her as he seems to be anymore.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Including the nipples.
    Poison Ivy: There's something about an anatomically correct rubber suit that puts fire in a girl's lips.
  • Floating Head Syndrome: The primary poster as seen above.
  • For the Evulz: Mr. Freeze seems to fall into this at times. It's about the only explanation for choosing to spare Batman after freezing Robin early in the film.
  • Freak Lab Accident: The origin for both Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy, although the latter wasn't really an "accident."
  • Gaia's Vengeance: Poison Ivy, eco-terrorist.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Slippery when wet."
    • "I'll help you grab your rocks."
  • Girl of the Week: Unlike the other three films, in which Bruce's Girl of the Movie was a main character for that film, Julie Madison is a minor character who exists entirely to create minor tension as Bruce deals with Poison Ivy's pheromones infecting him outside of battle. Bruce's extreme reluctance to marry her led to many jokes by comic fans that she was a beard. Her Aborted Arc leads to her being a far more minor character than someone being Bruce Wayne's steady love interest would seem to entail.
  • Glamour: Poison Ivy.
  • Harmless Freezing: Played straight, though a confusing example early in the film has Robin frozen solid and Mr. Freeze telling Batman he has eleven minutes to save him... yet despite this, Robin is perfectly fine when defrosted.
  • Healthcare Motivation: Freeze wanted to find a cure for his wife's McGregor syndrome, while he kept her as a Human Popsicle.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Robin spends most of the film in love with Poison Ivy, a redheaded villain, and believes Batman is jealous she loves him instead. He wises up enough to take precautions by the time they share a kiss.
  • Hidden Depths: While the film as a whole is incredibly shallow, it does give Alfred far more exposition than any of the previous Batman films, features some surprisingly thoughtful dialogue between him and Bruce, and allows Michael Gough to really show off his acting chops.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Batgirl beats Poison Ivy in combat and kicks her back onto her own Rose Throne. The throne then growls and closes on her, trapping her inside and apparently doing a number on her beauty. For extra irony, Ivy used the throne as part of her seduction of Robin to kill him, even leaving a space for him to sit next to her, but after Ivy realized Robin had tricked her she angrily shoves him from the throne, out of its range of harm.
  • Hollywood Science: Loads of it.
  • Hulk Speak: "BAAAAANE!"
  • Human Popsicle: Mr. Freeze's wife.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Any scene with Mr. Freeze - ice puns are the majority of his dialogue.
    • Poison Ivy and the Dynamic Duo don't exactly use them sparingly, either.
    • Unlike the other characters, Freeze/Arnold actually manages to make the puns sound like dialogue.
  • An Ice Gun: Given that Mr. Freeze is also...
  • Icy Blue Eyes: A literal example. (done with lenses, of course, specially as Arnie's ones are green)
  • Immune to Mind Control: When Poison Ivy tries to use her mind control pheromones on Mr. Freeze, he scoffs at the attempt, stating that it doesn't work on the "cold-hearted".
  • Impact Silhouette: Early in the film, Robin crashes through a wall in his motorcycle, leaving a hole in the shape of the movie's Robin logo.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: 95 percent of the jokes in the movie are this
  • Incurable Cough of Death: The vaguely-defined McGregor's Syndrome (see Soap Opera Disease below) has this and general weakness as the only visible symptoms. Until death, at least.
  • Indecisive Parody: Perhaps one of the films biggest fault it couldn't seem to decide if it was a parody much like the 60's show complete with Bat-credit card or a somewhat serious take on the character. Mr. Freeze is a big offender. He makes his minions sing "I'm Mr. White Christmas," "I'm Mr. Snow," and has polar bear slippers and makes bad ice puns, but then mourns his terminally ill wife.
  • In-Name-Only: The new character Batgirl introduced is considered by many fans to be this due to the liberties taken with her origin, changing her from Commissioner Gordon's daughter to Alfred's niece, and dropping any original characterization and backstory.
  • Institutional Apparel: Old school stripes for everyone at Arkham.
  • Insult Backfire: When the trio are trying to thaw Gotham City with the satellite's computers, Batgirl manages to disable Mr. Freeze's freeze-ray. She and Robin later make this exchange:
    Robin: You're pretty good at this, little girl.
    Batgirl: Well, watch and learn, little boy.
  • Ironic Echo/Jerkass Has a Point: When Robin argues with Batman over intervening in his chase after Mr. Freeze, he points out that "[The Flying Graysons] had to trust each [other] to do their job. That's what being partners is about. Counting on someone is the way to win." Bruce later uses the exact same words to convince Robin to come back to his side and snap out of Poison Ivy's influence.
  • Juggle Fu: A segment in the museum in which Batman rescues a vase.
  • Just Between You and Me: Robin and Poison Ivy late in the film trade evil plan details for a kiss.
    Poison Ivy: Kiss me and I'll tell you.
    Robin: Tell me and I'll kiss you.
    • And when battling Batgirl, Poison Ivy says "As I told Lady Freeze when I pulled her plug, this is a one-woman show!" Boy did that come back to bite her...
  • Kill It with Fire: If Poison Ivy's Kiss of Death didn't kill Dr Woodroe for some reason (she pushes him over as he starts choking), then the fire that she started in his lab did.
  • Kiss of Death: Poison Ivy's method of killing people.
  • Kung-Foley: Again, in fine Batman tradition - you cannot do anything quietly in a fight scene.
  • Lady Macbeth: Poison Ivy to Freeze, without the romantic undertones.
  • Large Ham: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman. (also, John Glover in his minor appearance as Dr. Woodrue) See Evil Is Hammy above.
  • Lighter and Softer: Easily the lightest and softest Batman film in existence. Even Batman: The Movie is more violent.
    • On a more subtle note, this movie marks the end of Batman's long grieving period over his parents. This was touched on in a cut subplot from Batman Forever involving young Bruce dragging his parents to the cinema, inadvertently getting them killed by Jack Napier; in Thomas' diary, however, it mentions that he and Martha "have their hearts set on Zorro" and will take Bruce to see his preferred movie next week, thus absolving him. This catharsis, while unseen by the viewing public, remains in canon as the tone of B&R suggests that Bruce is building a new family with Alfred, Dick and Barbara. In an on-set interview with Disney Adventures magazine, Schumacher elaborated:
      "We're moving away from the self-absorbed, self-obsessed, 'my-parents-are-dead' Batman. George is 36, and I think by his age you would have come to terms with that."
  • Lock and Load Montage: Performed several times to show our heroes suiting up and including a shot from behind of the Dynamic Duo pulling up their pants.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Mr. Freeze's main motivation is finding a cure for his sick wife.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Robin starts with just a crush on Poison Ivy, but as she seduces him more he falls more in love with her and makes increasingly dumb decisions. He openly ignores that she is a villain and believes she would change sides so they can be together, and when Batman deduces she's been trying to kiss them to poison them Robin just thinks he is jealous Ivy loves Robin instead of him and fights him to defend her. Then when he sees the "robin-signal" he was willing to go to it right away, thinking it is a sign of Ivy's love to him and not even wondering how she got it. Luckily he finally wises up and listens to Batman before heading to Ivy's lair, and took precautions just in case Ivy wasn't as in love with him as she said.
  • Lover, Not a Fighter: Subverted (and lampshaded) somewhat by Poison Ivy. She's a lover in order to BE a fighter, with her seductive charms and her poisonous lips being the only weapons she has on her person to effectively harm (and in turn, kill) her enemies, Batman & Robin.
  • MacGuffin Melee: Batman and Robin play literal hockey with a diamond Freeze is trying to steal.
  • Mad Scientist: Mr. Freeze and Dr. Woodrue. Depending on how one wants to stretch the definition, maybe also Pamela Isley.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Woodrue's crazy lens attachments. Costume-wise, he dresses similarly to the briefly-seen Dr. Burton in Batman Forever.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Poison Ivy seems to have one... though the movie can't make up its mind. She enters the scene sitting in it leisurely, yet when she is later kicked into the plant, she screams as it eats her, though she later appears disheveled.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Poison Ivy, considering the fact that she manipulated Mr. Freeze into believing that Batman killed his wife.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Literally everything in this movie was designed to be a toy. This one also dropped at the height of the original franchise's fame, so it was practically inescapable that summer.
    Poison Ivy: I'm a lover, not a fighter! That's why every Poison Ivy action figure comes with [Bane]!
  • Mishmash Museum: The Ancient Greek sculpture/Dinosaur/Big-freakin' diamond exhibit.
  • Mood Whiplash: The movies see-saws between stupid super-hero antics and bad acting, and the plotline about the importance of family, featuring Micheal Gough's touching performance as a dying Alfred. The mood whiplash is extreme.
    • Also worth mentioning is a scene with Mister Freeze, of all people. During a calm moment in his cell, he carves a small ice sculpture of his wife and puts together a makeshift "music box" using a large alarm clock.
    • Freeze's transformation into a grief-stricken maniac taking out (he believes) the death of Nora on Gotham City, then, maybe, the entire world, is a dark downward spiral where even his trademark Pungeon Master wordplay is grim Black Comedy, tops, until he activates his freezing ray with the utterly silly, "Let's kick some ICE!"
  • More Than Mind Control: Poison Ivy's pheromones makes male victims easily susceptible to her charms and beauty and makes an average man easily fall in love with her, but they can't force someone to actually do anything, just make them more open to Ivy's influence. Mr. Freeze was completely immune to her pheromones and Batman was able to resist them and Ivy's seductions. Robin was more susceptible to them due to a weaker will and less experience, even to the point he didn't need them to be in love with Ivy, their last scene of flirting in Ivy's lair is without her pheromones influencing him.
  • Motivational Kiss: Poison Ivy asks Robin to kiss her as one, for luck in his battle against Freeze. Though, this is just an excuse for her to use her poison kiss on him and she specifies immediately afterwards that the kiss was for bad luck.
    Poison Ivy: One kiss, my love...for luck. (She and Robin lean in and share a passionate kiss). Bad luck I'm afraid.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Poison Ivy, sent to retrieve Freeze's comatose wife, pulls the plug on her instead.
  • Mythology Gag: A reference to Superman early in the film when Batman complains "This is why Superman works alone." This was possibly an attempt to mirror a joke that referenced Metropolis in Batman Forever.
    • Naturally, the Batman credit card expires Forever.
    • Jason Woodrue was the name of another plant-themed supervillain — the Floronic Man, effectively an evil version of Swamp Thing. His presence is probably in reference Batman: Shadow of the Bat annual #3, which was published a couple of years before and established Poison Ivy's Post-Crisis on Infinite Earths origin, revealing Woodrue played a role in it.
    • Julie Madison is the name of Bruce's first love interest in the Batman comics, a socialite engaged to Bruce that eventually became an actress and ended her engagement because she wanted Bruce to do more with his life than be a playboy.
    • Freeze's "ice beam" at Arkham may be a reference to the climate-controlled lair in Freeze's first live-action appearance.
    • Batman, Robin, and Batgirl running in front of the Bat-Signal. Doubles as Continuity Nod.
    • While brooding in his cell, Freeze crafts a miniature snow globe/music box out of ice and a clock. He kept a similar snow globe in Batman: The Animated Series.
    • Robin's costume resembles his Nightwing costume in the comics, only red and with a cape. Coincidentally (or perhaps not), Nightwing's costume became red in The New 52.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Before the Venom, Bane was a diminutive criminal named Antonio Diego.
  • Near Villain Victory: Poison Ivy nearly achieved her goals. The only complication she suffered was Robin surviving her kiss, which she dealt with by shoving him into her pond to drown him instead. Then she defeats Batman by having her vines restrain him and begin crushing him. She managed to defeat the Dynamic Duo in seconds and was about to leave to join Mr. Freeze. If not for Batgirl’s arrival she would have completely won.
  • Nostalgic Musicbox: In the form of a snowglobe.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Barbara was born and raised in England yet never displays even a hint of an accent.
  • No Fourth Wall: Batman, Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze all break the fourth wall at least once during the film. In fact, Batman's first line is a quip into the camera.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Dr. Woodrue says this himself after Pamela refuses his offer to join him and tries to kill her by pushing her into the chemicals that turn her into Poison Ivy.
    • Ironically, Poison Ivy herself has shades of this. When Batman resists her advances on him she stops trying to flirt with him and just has Bane try to kill him, later when Robin reveals he survived her kiss by wearing a rubber lip and tricked her into revealing her plan she angrily pushes him off her throne and into the pond to drown him instead of trying to kiss him again.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The lab Mr. Freeze worked in (before becoming Freeze) seriously needs a safety inspection. He gets knocked into a vat of liquid nitrogen, which horribly mutates him, but didn't really pose enough of a risk to warrant a decent railing. And don't even get started on the electronic equipment that randomly crapped out and sent him flying into the vat.
    • It gets worse— there was a railing on the opposite side of the catwalk. But not on the side that has the vat of liquid nitrogen!
    • The building where the telescope (and later the giant freeze ray) is located is resting high up on the hands of a giant statue with no extra support. It gets points for style, but it's definitely not a safe or practical place to put something that important.
    • Frankly, you could argue that nearly every building in Gotham City fits this trope, since they all appear to be much wider - even absurdly so - at the top than at the bottom and clearly can't maintain integrity in the face of even minor explosions or collisions.
  • No-Sell:
    • Mr. Freeze deeply inhales Poison Ivy's spray, identifies it, then mocks that the pheromone has no effect on him. One brief moment of actual well-done interplay in the film.
    • Robin is the only one to survive a kiss with Poison Ivy, because he protected himself with rubber lips.
  • Not So Final Confession: After Ivy finally kisses Robin she taunts him that it is time to die, smirking at him as she says bye in mock sadness. But Robin was protected by his rubber lips, turning her taunt into a confession and revealing her love as a lie. Ivy is shocked by this development.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Mr. Freeze says "Uh-oh!" when Batman escapes the frozen Batmobile and comes straight for him.
    • "Huh. Reinforced steel."
    • Poison Ivy's eyes widen to the size of dinner plates when Robin removes his rubber lips, and realizes she just told him her plan and confessed her love was a lie. Though her shock quickly changes to anger.
  • Out-Gambitted: Ivy planned to use her seductions and love dust to tear Batman and Robin apart and eventually kill them with her poisoned kiss. She eventually gets Robin all alone and finally succeeds in kissing him by telling him what she and Freeze have planned to gain his trust. But, Robin had finally wised up to her seductions and used their encounter in her lair to trick her into revealing her plan to him by pretending to still be blindingly in love with her and wore a pair of rubber lips to survive a kiss with her and discover her love for him was a lie. Ivy was beaten at her own game by Robin, pretending to love her like she did with him, and to top it all off he stole a kiss from her.
  • Oxbridge: Barbara studied there.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Poison Ivy seems to think gluing things to her eyebrows is a mask.
  • The Password is Always "Swordfish": Peg. Yes, Peg.
  • People Jars: Mr. Freeze's wife suffers from a fatal disease called MacGregor's Syndrome. He keeps her in suspended animation in a liquid-filled tube while he works on a cure.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Whether he's explaining that life-long butler and friend Alfred is dying, or trying to thaw out the entire city with less than 10 minutes before they all die, it seems George Clooney was never without a grin on his face.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The reason for Batgirl being changed from Commissioner Gordon's daughter to Alfred's niece was apparently because producers didn't think audiences would buy Alicia Silverstone as Pat Hingle's daughter. (Why they didn't just cast another actress whom audiences would buy remains a mystery.)
  • Punch Catch: While Robin is fighting Bane he throws a punch at Bane's head. Bane catches his hand and throws him down a flight of stairs.
  • Pungeon Master: Mr. Freeze gets most of these. Poison Ivy does this too, though half of hers are also thinly veiled innuendos.
    • It seems to be an irresistible impulse for Freeze: Even in the end, he can't resist a physician pun while forking over the medicine for Alfred.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Mr. Freeze does it to a pair of Arkham Asylum guards while trying to escape.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Batgirl gives one to Poison Ivy.
    Batgirl: Using feminine wiles to get what you want? Trading on your looks? Read a book, sister. That passive-aggressive number went out long ago. Chicks like you give women a bad name.
    • Earlier, Pamela gave one to Woodrue before she became Poison Ivy. After he reveals he used her research to further his experiments with Bane, Pamela is outraged. At this point she was still a good Well-Intentioned Extremist who only wanted to give plants a better edge, but Woodrue corrupting her work for his dreams of world domination disgusts her and she promised to have his credentials revoked and to have him expelled from any area of academia. He proceeded to try to kill her, but she survives and morphs into Poison Ivy, who gets revenge by giving Woodrue the Kiss of Death.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Most of the score is directly lifted from Batman Forever, as the opening theme is the same as the previous one, just slowed down; the themes for Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy are modified versions of Two-Face's and Chase Meridian's respective themes. Elliot Goldenthal even once again recycled music from Demolition Man as the fight music is once again from there, as are and the theme for both the "freezing of Gotham" scene and the reveal of frozen Nora Fries.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Barbara is now Alfred's niece rather than Jim Gordon's daughter.
  • Secret Test of Character: Robin uses his kiss with Poison Ivy as one for her. If it is just a regular kiss then she really is in love with him and is "turning over a new leaf", but if she is trying to kill him like Batman thinks then he is protected with his rubber lips. Ivy fails the test when she reveals her true colors after the kiss and taunts Robin.
  • Sexophone: Poison Ivy's recurring leitmotif is built around this, usually when she appears in the room and goes into seduction mode. It starts off bold, sultry and alluring before trailing off into eerie, dark territory and rising to a crescendo at the end.
    • The music reflects the actions on screen; the hapless victim becomes seduced by Ivy's charms (sax) and they share a kiss (foreboding drone), whereupon the poison slowly works it's way through the body and kills him (crescendo).
  • Shout-Out:
    • In one scene, you can see gang members who wear the same outfits as the main characters from A Clockwork Orange.
    • A more subtle (if that's the word) Kubrick homage in the same scene has a gang dressed in foppish attire. One of them has an eye patch and powdered wig like the Chevalier in Barry Lyndon.
    • The scene of Ivy debuting at the charity ball, first by hiding among the performers in an ape costume and slowly taking it off seemed to have been a homage to Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus where she performs a musical number entitled "Hot Voodoo", which starts off with her in an ape costume.
    • Alfred channels Max Headroom when addressing Barbara in the Batcave.
    • Mr. Freeze sadly looking at a tiny music-box sculpture of Nora in his Arkham cell is an homage to TAS's "Heart of Ice".
  • Show Within a Show: The comic book adaptation frames the entire comic as a movie being shot, opening with Actor!Batman and Actor!Robin in front of a green screen as a director calls "Action!"
  • Skunk Stripe: Dr. Woodrue has one of these.
  • Sky Surfing: Early in the film, Batman and Robin surf debris to the ground when they escape Mr. Freeze's rocket. And Robin even shouts "Cowabunga!"
  • Smug Snake: Dr. Jason Woodrue. And Poison Ivy, the supervillain he creates.
  • Soap Opera Disease: It gets a name, McGregor's, but nothing else besides its fatality and multi-stage process is established. Oh, and it's named for Peter McGregor-Scott, the film's producer, though film producers aren't usually known to be toxic.
  • Spandex, Latex, or Leather: What was the material they chose for the costumes? Go on, take a wild guess...
  • The Starscream: One of the many possibilities why Poison Ivy's throne bed collapsed on her.
  • Super Hero Movie Villains Die: Averted. Unless you assume that Bane was killed when the tower collapsed, this is the first (and for now, the only) live action Batman film where none of the main villains die.
  • Super Serum: Venom, Bane's source of power.
  • Supervillain Lair: Mr. Freeze has his lair in a giant ice cream factory in the middle of the city in plain sight. Poison Ivy just takes over an abandoned Turkish Bath, but converts it into a violent garden to make it more suitable for her. And when Mr. Freeze moves in, he naturally decks out his own room in his thematic trappings.
  • Tainted Veins: Bane when given the Venom injections. Poison Ivy's kisses create the same effect on the people she poisons, though as Venom was one of the things she was poisoned with, it's a similar effect.
  • Take Over the World: Ultimate goal of Poison Ivy, and later the goal of Mr. Freeze with a little prodding. Let's break down the eventual plan: 1) Freeze Gotham city using a giant telescope as a laser. 2) Freeze the rest of the world... somehow. 3) Unleash a strain of carnivorous plants to 4) Unfreeze the world so Ivy and Freeze can repopulate the globe together as Adam and Evil.
    • Both of them have something in common: they're Omnicidal Maniacs. Neither have a high opinion of humanity. (Well, Victor Fries does have one person he loves.)
      • This was also Dr. Woodroe's goal as well, before Poison Ivy gave him her signature Kiss of Death (he's definitely dead, since she torched his lab right after.)
  • "Take That!" Kiss: After seducing Robin and tricking him into thinking she's in love with him, Poison Ivy finally manages to kiss him when they’re alone in her lair, and immediately shows her true colors, taunting him and telling him it is time to die in mock sadness. However, Poison Ivy is actually the one who suffers from this, not Robin. Robin tricked her into revealing her plan to him first and stayed long enough just to share a kiss with her as a test of her love, which she failed. So after all Ivy's seductions Robin still managed to outsmart her and steal a kiss from her, which he reveals by removing his rubber lips right after she taunts him, turning her taunt into a confession.
  • Terrible Trio: Mr. Freeze (brains), Poison Ivy (beauty), and Bane (muscle).
  • Test Kiss: An extreme example done by Robin. In Ivy's lair he allows Ivy to kiss him to settle once and for all if she really does love him or if she is trying to kill him. It turns out to be the latter but Robin thankfully wore rubber lips for protection.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: The Batgirl plot happens, for the most part, independently from much of the film.
  • Today, X. Tomorrow, the World!:
    Mr. Freeze: I will blanket the city in endless winter. First Gotham and then... the world!
  • Tonight, Someone Kisses: An interesting double-whammy featured in one of the trailers depicts Poison Ivy kissing Robin, interspersed with Bruce Wayne's warning of her desire to kill him. Given what fans would know Ivy's most famous characteristic is her poison kiss so Robin sharing one would likely be the death of the hapless hero.
    • The kiss happens. The death does not. Batman taught him well.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Robin, especially in comparison to his earnest and sympathetic role in the previous film.
    • Also Bane, who was as intelligent as he was brawny in the comics.
  • Trashcan Bonfire: One in the gang hideout Poison Ivy and Bane break into and several at the gang motorcycle race.
  • The Unreveal: We never find out who the "mystery bidder" was that had the winning bid on Bane (and whom Woodrue refers to as "your supreme ruthlessness"). Presumably, it was meant to be a Sequel Hook of some sort.
    • Given his Venom demonstration has an assorted bunch of evil stereotypical foreign sorts gathered, it's likely one of them.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Mr. Freeze was tricked by Poison Ivy into thinking that Batman killed his wife.
  • Underwear of Power: This is obvious in Batman and Robin. But also exclusive for the first time in Batgirl as previous versions do not feature panties on her costume.
  • The Vamp: Poison Ivy. Yes, making her a camp vamp.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: "Poison Ivy" by Meshell Ndegeocello. While it's a cover of a 50's R&B hit, the original may have inspired the character in the first place.
  • Villainous Crush: Poison Ivy has one on Mr. Freeze, another villain. She even tries to kill his cryogenically frozen wife so they can be together.
    • Villainesses Want Heroes: Then again, Poison Ivy doesn't hide some interest in the Dynamic Duo as well. If only to kill them.
  • Villain Team-Up: Repeating the previous films' formula, though with less successful results.
  • Virtual Ghost: Alfred to Barbara in the Bat Cave, despite not being dead.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: Mr. Freeze zaps Robin, forcing Batman into a Sadistic Choice: "Chase the villain or save the boy." He concludes, "Emotion makes you weak. That's why the day is mine. I'll kill you next time."
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Poison Ivy technically wants to save the environment. On the other hand, it's pretty obvious that she really just sees plants as more valuable than people and just wants a planet with all the humans dead except herself. This is consistent with every other interpretation of the character as well.
  • Whammy Bid: When Batman and Robin start a bidding war over Poison Ivy at the bachelorette auction, Bruce comes on top by whipping out $7,000,000 with his Bat Credit Card.
    Batman: Never leave the cave without it.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?
    • The "mystery bidder" and the former tenants of Poison Ivy's hideout.
    • Also, Bruce Wayne's girlfriend. She only has two short scenes, both of them are about Bruce's adherence to his bachelor lifestyle, and then she is never mentioned again and has no bearing on the plot whatsoever. The real reason she doesn't show up later in the movie is because Poison Ivy shanks her in a deleted scene.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Mr. Freeze freezes Gotham City solid 11 minutes before midnight. All of the citizens will die unless they're thawed out within 11 minutes, i.e. by midnight.
  • Whooshing Credits: Complete with whooshing interlocking logos, too.
  • World of Pun: Practically all the lines from the main villains are "plant" or "ice" puns.
  • Worf Effect: Poison Ivy suffers this against Batgirl. Ivy had been giving the Dynamic Duo a hard time throughout the film. She finally defeats them both in seconds in her lair, shoving Robin into her pond to drown him and having her plants restrain and crush Batman. Then Batgirl arrives at her lair and defeats Ivy no problem, despite having no prior experience.
    "Allow me to break the ice."
    "I'm afraid my condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy!"
    "Freeze well!"
    "What killed the Dinosaurs? The Ice Age!"
    "I've got some... wild oats to sow."
    "Sorry, my vines have a crush on you!"