Oct. 13th, 2011

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So the whole family sat down to watch Batman: Year One last night.

Sigh.

My in-depth review is upcoming; it's taking much longer than I anticipated. But if you're fond of Year One on the whole as a comic book, or you're fond of Year One as a Catwoman fan...it might not be worth your while.

So far, my biggest beef is that the vast majority of Selina's lines, including the most iconic, were cut. Those that weren't cut were heavily altered.

(Her line, "Christ, not even light out. Christ, five in the morning." was completely cut, which would be understandable from a censorship perspective if they hadn't added a cop saying "God damn it" in another scene--a line that wasn't even in the comics. I guess men can blaspheme, but women can't? What?)

Catwoman's appearance in the original comics wasn't exactly meaty, but it was more than the cameo it turned into in the animated feature, and it showed her personality, strength, spunk and protectiveness of Holly. Between all the altered dialogue and Eliza Dushku's performance (she sounded so very, very bored with her lines) it didn't make for the most satisfying watching experience from a Catwoman fan's perspective.

I am disappoint.

Still, it's the second best DC Animated feature that's been put out, right behind the outstanding Justice League: The New Frontier and if you love Jim Gordon as much as I do, you're definitely going to want to see it, but if you were hoping that Catwoman was going to get her fifteen minutes in the spotlight, or that her scenes in the original Year One were going to be done justice, you are sadly mistaken :/

More thoughts on this to follow, once I get them all into a coherent order.
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Anyone who's familiar with the Batman: Year One graphic novel, or the Complete Definitive Origin of Catwoman will recognize these scenes. These images are exclusive to [livejournal.com profile] dr_von_fangirl; you won't find them anywhere else. I know watermarks are fucking annoying, and I personally can't stand them, but I'm getting pretty tired of my content being ripped off.









The animation is really pretty in the actual film, somewhat reminiscent of Red Garden or Witch Hunter Robin (two animes I quite enjoy), so it's got that goin' for it.
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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.

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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