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2011-10-16 12:45 pm

Two more Catwoman skins in Arkham City!

Hiiii.

So...yeah, I've been fighting a horrible fever for the past week, in between updates, so I apologize for not answering any comments. I've mainly been concerned with actually getting content up on the blog as it catches my attention. I promise I'll answer everybody, just...not for a couple of days. I'm still really, really sick. I'm at that point of exhausted-from-being-sick where typing anything more than the bare minimum is kind of a huge chore.

The Batman: Year One review is coming along, but for such a short movie, it sure was a lot to chew on--especially considering I'm doing a dual review with [livejournal.com profile] about_faces, my counterpart for all things Two-Face. I really wanted to get the review done before the DVD actually hits shelves, since that's what I should do, because I got an advance copy and should therefore totally scoop everybody else, but eh, the flu, what can you do?

So, Catwoman news:

Arkham City, like many video games of its kind, has numerous alternate skins for the playable characters. Batman has several, Robin has several, and Catwoman has three--that we know of thus far. There's the standard zip-up suit with the goggles, and then...



On the left, we have the purple suit as drawn by Tim Sale in The Long Halloween, Dark Victory and Catwoman: When in Rome, and on the right, we have the gray suit from Batman: The Animated Series.

(I've seen the purple costume mistakenly referred to as the 'Year One' costume and it just makes my eyes cross, I tell you. It was gray, people, gray!)

I really, really look forward to playing with TAS Catwoman, and finding out whether or not there are any other skins available to unlock. Additionally, I really looking forward to seeing whether or not these pictures do each version of the character justice.

Also, is it just me, or do each of their physiques look fairly different? I mean, considering how--let's say--'well endowed' the zip-up suit Catwoman is in every piece of game footage we see, these two skins look tame and tiny in comparison. I'd be impressed if the Tim Sale version followed his style of musculature (as I think it does, given the way her collar bone looks), and if the TAS version was in keeping with the sleek curves of the animated series. That's way cooler than, say, an unlockable schoolgirl outfit, BloodRayne2Iamlookingatyouverysternly.

While, as far as I know, none of the villains will be playable, it'll be interesting to see if any of them get different costume options at any point in the game. If not, I'll still keep my eyes peeled for rejected concept art, because that's one of my favorite things omg.

Quick question, guys: given the opportunity to play as any Batman universe character, which of their costumes would you prefer to have access to? Would you play as question mark jacket Riddler? Unscarred Harvey Dent? Killing Joke Joker?
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2011-10-13 07:04 pm

Arkham City: men bleed, women pose, screenshots and bad news if you want to play as Catwoman...

As I reported just a couple of weeks ago, GameStop is putting out a limited edition strategy guide for Batman: Arkham City, with two variant covers: one of Batman, one of Catwoman.

Those hit the internet yesterday, but I was so caught up in other Catwoman news, I didn't get to post about them.



Ah. I see Catwoman still has an ass. I'm so glad to be reminded, as I'd forgotten since the last twelve times Arkham City forcibly reminded me.

(Although, to be fair to Arkham City, it's not as bad as the comic book series I'm currently slogging through, Glory by Catwoman alum Jo Duffy and 90's superstar artist Mike Deodato--wherein, despite its excellent writing, I am reminded that the heroine has a costume with a thong every three panels. I GET IT. SHE HAS AN ASS. I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN IN THE LAST TEN SECONDS. I PROMISE I BELIEVE YOU. CAN I GO BACK TO READING THE REALLY GOOD STORY NOW?)

Additionally, I have new screenshots of super clarity to share!



About a dozen more behind the cut, including images featuring Harley Quinn and Hugo Strange... )

And now for the bad news...

If you're planning on waiting to buy a cheaper second-hand copy of the game online or at your local games retailer, Warner Bros. has news for you: all of Catwoman's missions in Batman: Arkham City--which apparently make up about ten percent of the gameplay, are locked unless you have the 'First Purchaser' code, which is only included with a new copy of the game. If you buy Arkham City second hand, you'll have to pay for a pass key of your very own, or else just not play those missions.

As far as I know, this under-lock-and-key ten percent is supposed to be standard, not the downloadable content that I recently reported was theorized to be available. This sucks, especially if you're someone who's got just enough disposable cash to afford a used copy, but not the pass key.

Warner Bros. received a lot of praise for making Catwoman a playable character in Arkham City, and rightfully so, since blockbuster games with plot like this are pretty rarely have a playable female character, but putting her under lock and key is a really disappointing move.

Will that stop me from playing it? Well, no, but only because I have gamer friends who are planning on buying it and letting me take notes while they play through it.

More Arkham City content to follow in the coming weeks, you betcha.
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2011-10-12 05:06 pm

Catwoman short posted by MTV, ripped off the internets in just hours, and now is apparently back.

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?
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2011-10-12 01:53 pm

A bunch of animations from the upcoming "Catwoman" short. SO TOTALLY NOT SAFE FOR WORK YOU GUYS.

If you're at work, don't even scroll down. The preview image isn't even work safe!

So, on the Batman: Year One DVD that hits stores next Tuesday, a Catwoman short in the tradition of the other DC Showcase shorts that accompanied some of the new DC animated films (like Green Arrow/Black Canary, Jonah Hex and The Spectre), written by Paul Dini will be included.

According to Dini's own LJ: No, I didn't work on the ultra-cool animated adaptation of the classic Batman story, though I DID script a fifteen minute bonus CATWOMAN short included in the package. I just saw the finished piece for the first time last night. It's quite amazing.

News has been spreading across the internet of that short's contents. Thus far, all we know is that Catwoman poses as a dancer at a gentlemen's club during a diamond heist, and does a strip tease during the course of the adventure.

There's certainly nothing wrong with being an exotic dancer (hi, I learned how to breathe fire from one--AND BY THE WAY, never teach a thirteen year old girl to breathe fire) and certainly nothing wrong with Catwoman being one, but in light of Catwoman's highly sexualized and objectified turn in Winick and March's Catwoman #1, it's a little troubling that in the very next high profile thing she's in after that hit shelves, she's losing her clothes again. If the scene serves a purpose and it's not meant solely for the titillation of the heterosexual male audience, thus turning Selina into an object for the second time this month, great! I'll love it! If not...

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....oh dear.

Follow the bewbs for the strip tease... )

Well...I have my suspicions that she's using this as a means of escape/distraction, and the use of the whip during her act would leave everyone off guard for when she actually unleashes hell. The animation also looks like it's going to be really pretty when it's not in choppy gif form.

However, I may be in the minority when I say this, but as a longstanding fan of both characters, at no time should Catwoman have gotten her wardrobe tips from Vampirella. Because I love you and all, Vampi, but...no.



We'll see how this turns out.

In the meantime, I'm going to watch the official advance digital copy of Batman: Year One I've got, and be back later tonight with a review of how that turns out.

Please don't screw up one of the best Batman stories ever, please don't screw up one of the best Batman stories ever, please, please, pleeeeease.





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2011-10-10 01:10 pm

The fact I can make sentences that make sense right now is kind of amazing.

Despite the fact that I'm pretty much knocking on death's door with a pretty high fever and the nastiest flu I've had in years, once again, I find myself with something too good not to post. SO I WILL FIGHT THROUGH THE SICKNESS, YES.

So, today I received an invitation to a fiction reading in New York City that will be broadcast on live radio, WFMU's Thunk Tank Trick-or-Treat Meet-Up.

Why should we all care? Well, Bronwyn Carlton, the writer of issues 78-91 of the 90's Catwoman series is the one sent the invite. She and several other writers will be reading original spoooky stories for the broadcast.

(I knew being facebook friends would pay off sometime!)

In case you didn't know, Carlton's Catwoman run is really controversial in fandom, to the point that there are honestly people who accuse her of being nothing but a pen name for Ed Brubaker, rather than a real, live woman. (Which is...kind of not cool, actually.)

I've been dying to get the opportunity to speak with her about her work on Catwoman ever since I started this blog, but I haven't had the opportunity to really approach her about it, due to a combination of laziness and...laziness, really.

Though that opportunity might not present itself at the reading and with a three month old baby, taking a little jaunt to NYC for the weeked might be hard to manage, it's still something I'm seriously considering.

Not only will it give me the chance to go back to one of my favorite cities, visit actor friends from the Fringe Festival Circuit and eat amazing New York noms, but I can finally help put those rumors of Carlton-is-Brubaker to rest, and maybe gain some insight into her run on Catwoman.

We'll see how this turns out.

In the meantime, I'm going to go back to bed and try not to croak.
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2011-09-25 12:56 am

Anne Hathaway in full on Catwoman regalia.

From JustJared.com comes a couple of spy shots taken on the set of The Dark Knight Rises.

(And no you do not get a cut.)





There's some speculation as to whether or not these images are real, and I too am a little bit skeptical, even though the presence of Gary Oldman lends a sense of legitimacy to the images. Is this the actual Catwoman costume? Is it a decoy for the real one? Nobody knows.

I'm not digging the mask and combination ear-headband-goggles thing going on, but I was also strongly against Heath Ledger's Joker on first glance. We'll see how the movie turns out.

What say you, readers?
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2011-09-19 09:06 pm

A High Fashion Crush on Catwoman: Selina Kyle, Queen of Style (Hey lookit me, I'm Etrigan!)

It's not a terribly well known fact, but I'm a devotee of Vogue magazine and haute couture in general. I don't usually indulge in talking about it because it seems a love of comics and a love of fashion don't really go hand in hand. I mean, both IRL and online, I hang around comic people and talking fashion at length in front of a geeky circle of friends often feels like talking into the ether. And you know, that's perfectly fine. Comics are definitely my thing, more than anything else, and I'm completely content with parking myself in a chair with a stack of fashion magazines for a few hours to sate myself.

But, every once in a while, my main obsession crosses with one of my minor ones and I get the opportunity to excitedly hop around, flapping my hands and squealing like a little girl, because OMG THERE ARE COMIC BOOK BARBIES NOW.

(Did I mention one of my other minor passions is fashion dolls? No? Well now you know. And I gotta admit, I am way more ashamed of that one than the haute couture...)

I've been doing that very thing for the past week or so, ever since some shots from the set of The Dark Knight Rises hit the interwebs.



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My first reaction was Oh greeeeat, it's 'When in Rome' Catwoman.

(Well, actually, my first reaction was Oh! It's Silkstone Barbie Selina!:



...like I said: Fashion dolls.)

But all the buzz got me thinking about something I've been wanting to talk about for awhile.

Namely, high, high fashion. )
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2011-09-18 06:30 am

Catwoman bonus content for Arkham City?

So. Arkham City.



…I’m pretending the household isn’t seriously considering plunking down a couple hundred bucks for a new laptop just for the sake of gaming.

It’s no secret that Arkham City is gonna be huge. I mean, Arkham Asylum was big enough to help influence the DCnU Harley Quinn redesign:



(Yeah, okay, nobody's ever said the official reason, but I defy you to try and tell me otherwise.)

It’s also no secret that Catwoman is going to be a major player. I’ve already posted a game play sneak peek, but there’s new, very hush-hush news!

According to gamestop.com, if you pre-order the Arkham City special edition strategy guide, you get the following:



*Choose from two special covers…The Dark Knight or Catwoman!

[...]

*PIN-UP POSTER included! Enjoy a pin-up poster featuring the two female leads of Batman: Arkham City: Harley Quinn and Catwoman. Each femme fatale appears in a seductive post for your viewing pleasure.

[…]

*Bonus Catwoman’s Walkthrough: Get complete coverage of Catwoman’s DLC content! All 4 episodes are revealed!


(…leave us not discuss the enticement of a special edition poster of the two main female characters in seductive poses, please. *eye roll*)

The most pertinent bit of info: Catwoman DLC. That stands for downloadable content.

Arkham Asylum had DLC, consisting of a special subplot in which you could play as the Joker. Presumably, there’ll be a special subplot for Catwoman in Arkham City as well, which will be DLC exclusive! Whether or not this content will be available for all platforms remains to be seen, but if it’s anything like the Joker content, there’ll be a whole mini-story arc to play through as Selina.

I wonder what it will consist of? Arkham Asylum was very puzzle heavy, and naturally, with the Riddler figuring into Arkham City in a big way, the sequel will be too, so I’m curious to see if that carries over into the Catwoman DLC. I can easily see a theft-based mission that could play with that game dynamic. Imagine, a heist, lots of laser beams, lots of booby traps, lots of skill involved.

Of course, it could go the complete opposite direction and require lots of beating the ever-lovin’ crap out of Gotham thugs. Who knows?

In any case, I know I’ll be anxiously awaiting the game walkthroughs on YouTube.