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Can I just be done with being sick already, please? Ungh.

Anywhoodle doodle.

My brain is somewhat understandably fried from the now fourteen day long fever (BLEH!), so I hope you'll forgive any fever-induced nonsense that sneaks into this post purple monkey banana raffle.

Last week, the fourteen minute long Catwoman short hit the internet, but I didn't want to bring it here until I was sure that everyone could watch and discuss it. I also waited until there was a super high quality video available, because who wants to watch crappy, choppy quality footage, right?

So, I encourage you to watch the following, and then we can discuss.



To the woodshed! )

All in all, I don't consider this short much to write home about. It's four minutes of stripping and like, eight minutes of car chases, which leaves about a minute and a half for character development. What little we get at the end is heartwarming, but though it makes the whole short, it feels like this could have been half as long, more tightly paced and been twice as affecting. I do so hate to see potential wasted like this.

Please, discuss!




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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?

Get More: MTV Shows



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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There’s been quite a bit of Catwoman related news hitting the internet in the past couple of weeks, but I’ve been a little too preoccupied with baby-related things to give fandom-y stuff a glance, lately. (My regular blog full of geekery and the odd personal update is still seeing posts, but not nearly as often as it should be.) Plus, my inbox is currently stuffed to the brim with Dr-Von-Fangirl related correspondence, so things have been a little...hectic.

So, two pieces of Catwoman related stuff for you today!

First bit of news:

In case you haven’t yet heard, DC Comics is doing a relaunch/reboot thing. Nobody’s quite clear on the implications and there are a bunch of alarmists running around flailing their arms and screaming about it DEFINITELY being a new Crisis on Infinite Earths AND NOW EVERYTHING IS CANON ALWAYS despite the lack of evidence to that effect.

A bunch of other people are screaming that the events taking place in the current Flashpoint event are totally going to be the new continuity now, because apparently nobody’s ever read a story that involves time travel paradoxes and alternate universes as written by Geoff Johns before. Or a time travel story, period.

Personally, I’m thinking the supposed ‘reboot’ is mainly just a renumbering and series relaunch for publicity purposes and that nothing will change too substantially--and if it does, it certainly won't last very long.

But, as with most things in comics, a wait and see attitude is best.

So, why am I talking about this? Well, Catwoman is one of the titles being relaunched. Selina’s getting her own series again!



Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in CATWOMAN #1, written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Guillem March.

[source]

I’m not going to lie: I’ve never much cared for Guillem March’s artwork on Gotham City Sirens, but I think that may have more to do with the book’s washed out coloring--much like the muted coloring above--than the pencils themselves.

As for Judd Winick, he’s a perfectly competent writer (for example, he was responsible for the Scarecrow story As the Crow Flies in Batman which garners affection from a sizable contingent of Jonathan Crane fans who still recognize that the Scare Beast plot is very, very silly), though I don't think he’s written Selina at length before.

(However, as an old school Justice League International fan I do take issue with his Justice League Generation Lost run, but that's a discussion for another time and another place.)

Really, what fills me with the most apprehension here is the description paragraph itself, rather than the writer or the artist.

Catwoman the Cat Burglar is all well and good. She’s great in fact! The last decent heist story we got for Selina was Darwyn Cooke’s Selina’s Big Score, and a tiny smattering of stories in the nineties while she wore the purple suit.

(Believe it or not, the majority of Selina’s nineties series wasn’t robbing museums of their priceless artifacts. Oh, those stories existed, but they were vastly outnumbered by Selina-plays-Hero tales.)

The thing is, though, that while I love bad girl Selina, and I love competent cat burglar Selina, and while I love a flirty, sexually charged Selina:

The description above reads less like a fully developed, well rounded character and more like a straight adolescent male’s idea of what the definition of ‘sexy’ should be. A comic news site (I’ve already forgotten which one!) made a comparison between the description and an interview with a Playboy centerfold and I think that’s pretty apt--provided, of course, that the centerfold’s answers were written by an all male marketing team. I think Catwoman could do better than that

What’s the worst pick-up line you’ve ever heard? You’re under arrest.

What’s the best or most creative pick-up line you’ve ever heard? See above.

What signals do you give to a man when you want him to make the first move? The Bat signal, generally…

What are your biggest turn-ons? Moonlight, expensive baubles, sexual tension, hand-to-hand combat…


Ahem. Yes. So, we'll see how this goes.

Second bit of news:

The new trailer for Arkham City has hit, and it’s VERY Catwoman heavy.



...

I’m sorry, I watch this and the commentary in my head is as follows:

“Ass. Ass. ASS, ASS, BOOBS, ASS.”

Apparently, Catwoman has a posterior and we must all make note of this fact at length.

The costume is a bastardization of the Darwyn Cooke version which I have a lot of affection for, but it falls short of expectations. Mostly due to the outrageous amount of texturing and the fact that zippers and boobs do not work that way. Then again, zippers and boobs in comics rarely work the way zippers and boobs work in reality, so maybe I'm being too harsh considering the source material ;)

As for the voice actress and the characterization? I feel a little…iffy. Cat-related dialogue has always seemed a little cheap and obvious to me, but some fans like that, so to each their own. :D

Going a LONG way to making me want to play the game? Catwoman’s amazing moves. I’m actually hoping the smooch-your-attacker-then-kick-his-head-in move is a special combo, much like Bloodrayne’s ability to jump Nazis and sink her fangs into their necks for sustenance.



Back on point! Catwoman’s fighting style here is fluid and graceful while still having a fair amount of power behind it, and that’s always nice to see. It’s especially nice to see that she isn’t just relying on her bullwhip or claws, instead utilizing other tools: bolas, her natural flexibility, her feet, her fists, her sexuality...

This is pretty rare, as Catwoman’s most recent console game appearances have had her relying an awful lot on the cat gimmicks to the point that it borders on the absurd (the game based on the Catwoman film actually had her licking herself clean, for example), so I’m really happy with this direction. Much like the new solo series, we'll see how this pans out.

Thoughts?
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You know, I really like the script for this, but either due to poor dubbing (my best guess, as it was shot outside) or just poor actors, the performances leave something to be desired. Still, it's nice to see a playful Catwoman toying with the big bad Bat in a fanfilm for a change. Also, the fight choreography is really, really impressive.
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Arguably the only part of Catwoman (2004) that gave us anything even remotely resembling Comic Book!Catwoman (particularly Catwoman of the early nineties/Chuck Dixon era, minus all the ridiculous cat-like movements)...

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This is apparently from 1968, which coincides with the 1960's Batman series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Catwoman is wearing her green costume from the comics of the era, one of the shortest lived costumes in her history. For good reason, I'd say. The voice actress is unusually shrill too; no Julie Newmar or Eartha Kitt style low-voiced purring here. She reminds me more than a little of Witch Hazel:

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On the "Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman" DVD, a silent short film was included, called Chase Me.

Guess who it's about?



...I kind of hate the soft jazz score throughout much of it (in my opinion, there are things a saxophone are meant to do; Kenny G-style waiting room music isn't one of them), but I really, really like it otherwise--especially the Harvey Bullock cameo.

What'd you guys think?
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With the brilliant "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" cartoon series, Catwoman--as well as the rest of the DC Universe--returns to a simpler golden/silver-age vision of the character, right down to the "Give up crime, Catwoman!" sentiments of old.

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Another very spiffy featurette, including some bits and bobbles about the "Batman Returns" costume and all the trouble it was.

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Here's a rare little featurette about "Batman Returns", which focuses on Catwoman.

(Did you know that Michelle Pfieffer was a virtual prodigy with a bullwhip?)

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Selina's transformation from "Batman Returns" is still one of my absolute favorite scenes in all of cinematic history, if only for the score.

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In the late nineties, to compliment her solo series, Nintendo released a Catwoman game for the Gameboy Color. By all accounts, it wasn't a very good game, but it marked the first time in gaming history that you could slip into Selina's skin and pull a museum heist. Here's the nifty (if poorly written) intro, featuring Selina and Talia Head.

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Catwoman's cut scenes from the Lego Batman game for the Wii. There's some ADORABLE Bat/Cat here!

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From Mortal Kombat vs. The DC Universe, here's both Catwoman's finishing moves.

(Fair warning, they're pretty violent!)



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Another from Blinky Productions; longer, better shot and MUCH better fight choreography:

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I love vintage commercials, especially the ones that I've never gotten the opportunity to see on TV during my lifetime that feature comics characters. There are a few truly great examples of these--the Lex Luthor vs. Superman peanut butter commercial springs readily to mind--but none are as great as the Zellers Toy Store commercials of the mid-eighties that featured Batman and Robin.



There were a series of these commercials and each featured a different rogue--animated by Ty Templeton. If you're up to the challenge, I recommend looking them up.
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Today, I bring you another fanfilm: 'Catwoman: Principles'



I'm not really sure how I feel about Catwoman petulantly whining in her head, "I"m bored. I'm booooooored." and the film's budget is showing quite painfully, but it's a good little attempt, I think. Even if it is evidence that the purple suit looks rather ridiculously unrealistic in practice.

What did you guys think?

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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