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.
Due to a weaker box office and negative audience response at the time, this film marked the premature end of the original Batman film series that had started in 1989 and killed a fifth film that had already moved into pre-production. Eight years later, a Continuity Reboot
starting with Batman Begins
formed a new series that would become the The Dark Knight Saga
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.
- Asshole Victim:
- Doctor Woodrue.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Came Back Wrong: 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, and completely dis credited the idea of a silly, light-hearted superhero flick.
- 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 his snowboard 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. Meanwhile, there's a callback to the previous film's "Chicks dig the car" line.
- 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 "Please try to 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 Riddler blew up the Batcave, and the Batmobile along with it, in Forever.
- 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:
: "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. (No objections to Batman and Robin's jiggling buns and junk, but breasts are something the world is just not ready for.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 cartoon, 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.")
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Foreshadowing: When Batman and Robin head out to stop Mr. Freeze in the opener, Alfred starts to tremble in a very ill manner.
- 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 (The human version): Poison Ivy, eco-terrorist.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Slippery when wet."
- "I'll help you grab your rocks."
- Girl of the Picture: 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.
- Hollywood Science: Loads of it.
- Hulk Speak: "BAAAAANE!"
- Human Popsicle: Mr. Freeze's wife.
- Blizzard 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 film in this whole film series. Even the TAS movies are 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.
- 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]!
- Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy: The Batgirl and Bane figures do not look anything like the versions seen in the movie. The Batgirl figure doesn't anything like any version of the character, but instead resembles an outright Distaff Counterpart version of the movie's version of Batman. At least the Bane figure resembled the comics version of the character, which probably helped fill a void left by the Legends of Batman toyline, which, despite more or less being a toyline based on Knightfall when it wasn't doing the Elseworlds theme (including a Venom-infused Riddler and three figures of Azrael as Batman), didn't include a Bane figure.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Named by the Adaptation: Before the Venom, Bane was a diminutive criminal named Antonio Diego.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Oh, Crap: "Huh. Reinforced steel."
- Poison Ivy's eyes widen to the size of dinner plates when Robin removes his false lips. False lips. Yes.
- 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? Peg? 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.
- 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 kill her.
- Recycled Soundtrack: Most of the score is directly lifted from Batman Forever.
- The opening theme is the same as the previous one, just slowed down.
- The theme for both the "freezing of Gotham" scene and the reveal of frozen Nora Fries (at the ice cream factory, after Vivica Fox's cameo) was lifted from Demolition Man.
- 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".
- 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 her 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...
- 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.)
- Terrible Trio: Mr. Freeze (brains), Poison Ivy (beauty), and Bane (muscle).
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Could Have Been: Patrick Stewart, a comic fan, said he was willing to do Mr. Freeze for scale, but he was too much of an unknown compared to Schwarzenegger.
- 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.
"Allow me to break the ice."
"I'm afraid my condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy!"
"FREEZE IN HELL, BATMAN!"
"What killed the Dinosaurs? The Ice Age!"
"I've got some... wild oats to sow."
"Sorry, my vines have a crush on you!"