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Well drop me from a building and call me Lois Lane, I've got a super hot scoop to share.

News about the Catwoman short is certainly going at a fevered pace today. If the old fiance [livejournal.com profile] about_faces weren't glued to the internet a few minutes ago, I might easily have missed the following.

Comics Alliance posted a clip, via MTV's official website, of the pole dancing scene, less than a day ago.

If you click Comics Alliance's link to watch the video, you'll discover that it's already gone from the face of the internet.

Copyright holders pulling sneak-peeks of things that are due out soon is fairly common practice...if the video in question is uploaded by an unofficial entity, like just some random person on YouTube, but it's certainly interesting that a video posted by a major cable network like MTV got pulled, no?

Will the video come back? Is this just a fluke? A problem with the servers? Is DC trying to protect its copyright, or circling the wagons out of fear that the response will be as overwhelmingly negative to this video as it was to Catwoman #1?

For now, there's no way to tell. When there are further developments, one way or another, I'll keep you posted.

ETA: And within twenty minutes of the video being seemingly gone, it's back. Will the embed code work for me, where it didn't work for Comics Alliance?

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Not working for you? Watch it here on MTV's official site.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I'm very, very glad that DC decided to release a clip that puts the emphasis on Selina's whip skills rather than on her exposed chest, but if I'd had my way about it, she wouldn't have needed to retrieve the whip from within her costume, as she usually wears it on the outside. As I recall, in an interview with Wizard Magazine during his time working on Hush, Jim Lee actually went on record as saying that the found the use of the whip as a belt to be an incredibly practical choice for the character--although depending entirely on how you feel about Jim Lee's costume design skills, make of that what you will.

What it all comes down to for me are the following factors:

1.) Why is it necessary to have Catwoman's costume unzipped that far when the whip-as-belt and a small flash of skin--perhaps as far as the bottom half of the sternum--would have been far less problematic?

2.) Why did the script play to an entirely predictable cliche, which [livejournal.com profile] surrealname called the second he saw it?

3.) Why is this clip being billed as a sneak preview of Batman: Year One when it's a preview from an original Catwoman short? Being as big a name as she is, why is her own short merely an afterthought to Batman's film, when the script could have easily read "A clip from DC Showcase: Catwoman on the Batman: Year One DVD?"

As you can see, there are some interesting choices here...and while they're not nearly as bothersome as those made in Catwoman #1, they're definitely questionable.

Thoughts?

on 2011-10-12 10:22 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] big-wired.livejournal.com
One thing to say about Jim Lee's comment... he's questioning the validity of a belt as a whip when she's wearing high heels... I was hoping that that stupidity which had infected Chris Nolan's Batman movie (along with all the stupid there) wasn't going to be here. Then again, this is Jim Lee, who helped to make the Catwoman design and trailer for her appearance in Arkham City, 90 percent of which was focused entirely on her ass.

The high heels aren't stupid high, but they're still high heels.

Animation looks great, as always, and she does know how to use the whip, which is good... but the unzipped catsuit still is stupid and when she took that bit of evidence out, how the heck did she not pop out of that? Why not have a belt like every other human-level superhero?

So nope, saw the clip, and not impressed. I did like Eliza Dushku's voice acting, although she's not quite on the same level of Catwoman's more well known voice actor, Andrienne Barbeau.

Also, they cancelled Batgirl: Year One, so I highly doubt that Catwoman is going to get anything of her own aside from a short tied into a male character's DVD release.

on 2011-10-13 03:01 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
In all fairness to Lee, when he drew Hush, Catwoman didn't have high heels, and the article I paraphrased is several years old, so...yeah.

I have a hunch when it comes to those high heel shots of Hathaway that she's actually going to be attending a costume party as a black cat in context, and then pull a heist in the middle of it (thus explaining the shoes, the stupid band-mask and the fluffy cat ears) but since I have no proof of that, yeah. It's really stupid.

I almost feel like Dushku sounds like a teenage girl doing a youtube voiceover, rather than an actual actress, but there's not a lot to go on, so we'll see what I think of Batman: Year One.

And also, I STILL can't believe they cancelled Batgirl. ARGH. I loved that comic series so much. I would have adored seeing it animated.

on 2011-10-13 03:15 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] big-wired.livejournal.com
Tell me about it! I would have gone with something like the Tales of Batgirls, with a different story and a different Batgirl, like with Barbara, Cass, and then Steph.

I hope so too, about the movie. I'm not looking forward to it at all, as it's easily the only comic book movie I've ever seen that hates that it comes from a comic book. We can only hope it's part of a costume party and that Catwoman gets really cool armour and outfit as Batman. At least in Arkham City, despite the stupid high heels and that Ick kiss attack, she has a kind of flexible kevlar armour like Batman.

on 2011-10-13 04:51 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] surrealname.livejournal.com
and now that i have been proven right, i am entirely done with this dvd short.

actually, i'm going to write a short poem first

"Stripper Catwoman Short sucks Donkey Ass"
fuck
this
noise

Stripper Catwoman
cliche
hackneyed
boring

in short:
FUCKING CLOWN SHOES!

on 2011-10-13 11:06 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
Aaaand...scene.

*curtain falls*

on 2011-10-14 06:43 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] surrealname.livejournal.com
feel free to use the poem in any future posts you may want to make. just remember to credit me. i feel it gives a biting insight into how much dc animations concept of what is interesting or sexy bites.

STUFF AND NONSENSE

This is the back-up account for what I hope will be the Ultimate Catwoman Fan Blog--Dr. Von Fangirl on LiveJournal. You should go check it out over there. I much prefer the original article.

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