Entertainment Movies Uma Thurman Reflects on 'Batman & Robin' 25 Years Later: 'As Much Rubber as I've Ever Worked with' Uma Thurman called playing Poison Ivy in 1997's Batman & Robin, which turns 25 this year, "a fantastic experience" By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE since 2016. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 4, 2022 05:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Uma Thurman in Batman & Robin (1997). Photo: Christine Loss/Warner Bros/Kobal/Shutterstock Uma Thurman is looking back at her time making Batman & Robin with fond memories. The 1997 superhero film turns 25 this year, and was universally panned at the time of its release. Still, Thurman, 51, recalls having a great time on set. "I was just talking about Joel Schumacher, the director who is a friend I love so much," Thurman, who played villain Poison Ivy in the film, recently told Entertainment Tonight of the late Schumacher who died at 80 in 2020 after a year-long cancer battle. "That was a fantastic experience. I had to wear lots of rubber suits," she added of filming. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman in Batman & Robin (1997). Moviestore/Shutterstock George Clooney Reflects on His Stint as Batman: "I F––ed It Up So Bad" Compared to her experience filming the AppleTV+ thriller Suspicion, which premieres Friday, her exposure to rubber for the sake of her character was less intense. "Whenever someone has a rubber face, there is something really bad going on," Thurman said of the kidnappers in Suspicion, who wear rubber face masks. In Batman & Robin, though, "I did not have a rubber mask," she noted. "I had my own face." "But I had some rubber appliances on my face sometimes," Thurman added. "That was about as much rubber as I've ever worked with, personally." RELATED VIDEO: Chris O'Donnell Finally Reveals What He Really Thinks About His Infamous Robin Suit! Batman & Robin also starred George Clooney as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Robin, Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze. It was slammed by critics, and currently holds a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes. During a 2019 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney, 60, plainly stated of the movie, "I wasn't good in it; it wasn't a good film," but said he used the experience to inform his future film projects. "What I learned from that failure was that I had to relearn how I was working. Now, I wasn't just an actor getting a role, I was being held responsible for the film itself," Clooney explained. "So the next three films I did were Three Kings, Out of Sight and O Brother, Where Art Thou?" "That was a very specific choice for me to find better projects," he added.