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


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.

on 2011-10-13 08:00 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] box-in-the-box.livejournal.com
Eliza Dushku's performance (she sounded so very, very bored with her lines)

> implying that Eliza Dushku of Buffy and Dollhouse has the range or the talent to put in a performance that's anything more than a bored Eliza Dushku


on 2011-10-13 08:32 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] big-wired.livejournal.com
Ohhh, burn, dude...

Still, yeah, I preferred the other actors in Dollhouse over Eliza's character. They just seemed more interesting.

Especially Alpha.

on 2011-10-13 11:05 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
As someone who tuned out of Buffy for every second that Giles and Spike weren't on screen, I thought maybe with the huge following Dushku has, that maybe she'd be an actress.


on 2011-10-13 11:12 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] box-in-the-box.livejournal.com
To be fair to Dushku, she played Faith with all the passion and talent (or lack thereof) that the part deserved. For all of his "feminist cred," Joss Whedon wrote Faith as a stereotypical "bad girl" cipher played shockingly straight. She's a brunette punk-rawk chick version of the blonde "good girl" hero! Her childhood history of abuse left her with overpowering daddy issues! She's HARDCORE and EXTREEEEEEME!!!

on 2011-10-13 11:15 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
Oh yeah. Have you seen the way The Mary Sue brutally revokes Whedon's feminism card?

I fucking love that site so much. I want to work for them. I bet they'd let me work for them.

on 2011-10-13 11:40 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] big-wired.livejournal.com
Reading it now... damn, Whedon... who are you? Judd Winnick's brother?


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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