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Back in 1966, Batman was a little... different. Back then, comics were primarily targeted at children - and instead of the gritty, dark tone set forth by Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film, we had catchphrases, silly moustache-twirling villains and dance routines. It also introduced us, however, to a brand new kind of movie villains that clearly lacked said facial hair - the seductive, slick and stealthy Catwoman, who was arguably played best by Julie Newmar. Today, nearly 53 years on, we've been introduced to the next actor to take on the whip and catsuit - Zoe Kravitz. Jason Momoa, her step-father, was pretty excited too. On a side note, it's pretty cool to know that Catwoman and Aquaman are related in real life. View this post on Instagram I'm so proud of u zozo bear. On and off screen OHANA. DC WB ohana Lola and Wolfies big sister is CAT WOMANððð Unbelievable so freaking stoked. Your going to have so much fun Aloha P bear A post shared by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies) on Oct 14, 2019 at 6:21pm PDT With several action film credits - think Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: First Class and even Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - she's definitely got the chops to do some pretty fun scenes, and even has experience as voice-acting Catwoman in The Lego Batman Movie. Add in her work from Big Little Lies, and director Matt Reeves just might be able to pull off some truly exciting dialogue. However Whenever the Internet mentions Catwoman, there's a pretty decent chance that from the depths of 2004 mainstream movie culture, a film will be referenced. That film is Catwoman, where the titular character was played by none other than academy award winner, Halle Berry. Universally panned as her worst, and even the genre's worst film, it's become something of a meme - a globally recognised standard on how to screw up a superhero movie. We hope Zoe's listening, because I'm about to put down five of the horrible sins this movie committed - we hope she'll avoid in her stint as Selina Kyle. A Studio-Butchered Script The screenplay team had upto 12 writers working on the script at a time - several of whom claim that the movie single-handedly ended their careers. “As one of the credited writers of Catwoman,” said writer John Rogers in a 2018 tweet, “I believe I have the authority to say: it was a shit movie dumped by the studio at the end of a style cycle, and had zero cultural relevance either in front of or behind the camera. “ Rogers also claims that he was fired off the movie after writing the green light draft for raising his voice in meetings with studio executives whose ideas he considered 'very, very bad'. He says that he hasn't even watched the whole film once in 15 years, and skipped premiere night to film audition footage instead. Smart move, Rogers. The Worst Origin Story In Superhero Film History Now, let's not get ahead of ourselves - origin stories in comic books are pretty dumb across the board. Peter Parker's radioactive spider-bite was definitely an eyebrow-raiser, for example. Catwoman, however, took things way too far, in a scene that defies explanation even 15 years later. In the comics, the character undergoes a truly harrowing, dramatic arc that makes Batman's journey seem like a joyride. Raised by a suicidal mother and alcoholic father, she's thrust onto the streets as a child and becomes the skilled cat-burglar we all know and love. © DC Comics Halle Berry's character, however, gets… meowed back to life after drowning, by a bunch of CGI kitties. At least we know where that $100 million budget went, huh? The Worst Editing In Superhero Film History You can write a bad movie, drop in a bad premise and force a good actor into a terrible role, but no shitty movie is complete without the thing that ties all these soggy bits together - the editing. Take a look at this scene that ought to be played in film schools around the world, just to illustrate how NOT to edit a film. This nausea-inducing, cringefest of a scene was silly enough with the dialogue and awkward acting, but man oh man, did they really pick up the scissors for this one. Almost every cut is barely 2 seconds long, and it doesn't stop here - this jittery, disorienting trend stays throughout the film's action scenes as well. And no matter how great Halle Berry looks, it doesn't matter much once you're left convulsing on your bedroom floor. At Least Get The Name Right! Unusual for a critical rant, but this time I'm going to choose the licensing folks at Warner Bros. as the target of my rage. As a comic book purist, along with several others of you out there, I can pretty confidently state that while taking liberties with the source material can lead to great results (looking at you, Captain America). Unfortunately for Halle Berry, her Catwoman was so far-off from the source material that given a different superhero name, it probably wouldn't even qualify as a DC film. This becomes obvious right in the beginning - as the character isn't the tough-as-nails, street-thief badass we know as Selina Kyle, but a quiet, demure, patient graphic designer named… Patience Phillips. Seriously? The Worst Climax In Superhero Film History As the plot drags and CGI cat-jumps its way forward, we learn that scary-boss-lady Sharon Stone is about to fight to the death with Catwoman. Now, kick me if I'm wrong but pitting a supermodel against a superhero doesn't really make for a compelling climax scene. There's no tension at all over here - the entire scene is basically Halle Berry beating the crap out of Sharon Stone in a pantsuit, of all things. How this film made it to production and even raised over 80% of its budget is beyond me. All I can hope for is that Zoe's going to be a great Catwoman, especially since in the last 15 years, Hollywood has certainly proven that superhero movies can be excellent. Other than Suicide Squad, of course. (Note: I actually think the worst climax is from that *** scene in Zack Snyder's Watchmen. Hehe.)