It occurs to me that before we delve into the “meat,” so to speak, of our story any further, I should take a brief step back and say explain what I have in mind for Catwoman , at least conceptually, in our little hypothetical series, and since my last post ended with her on-screen introduction, and I’ve mentioned a time or eight that she will be playing a major part in the Batman I, II, and III trilogy, now is probably as good a time as any to give folks an idea of what I view the “ideal” Catwoman for this series to be like.
Which doesn’t mean I’m going to drop names as to who should be playing her. Sorry. Casting ideas are waaaaayyyy down the road a piece, after our plot is all laid out, so we’re not going anywhere near all that — yet. Can’t say I blame you for trying, though!
Anyway, as you know, I never pic our introductory graphics for these pieces by accident, so if you want to know what sort of Catwoman I’m picturing for this series, she’s right there on top of this post. I know, I know — a real Julie Newmar style “feline fatale” would be great, but that , again, (sigh) “just wouldn’t fly with a contemporary audience,” and is also way heavier on the camp than her character requirements in this reboot call for, where — without giving a way too much! — she’s going to go from Batman’s flirtatious friend/foe to essentially “full-time” love interest to, at a very crucial point, the voice of his conscience.
But, again, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. Obviously, Catwoman is always going to be sexy — she can’t help herself! — but we don;t want to go too overtly heavy on the sex appeal a la the Halle Berry version of the character. The PVC bondage look of Michelle Pfeiffer’s incarnation is out, too. And Anne Hathaway’s super-contemporary look is a bit too non-feline and frankly eschews the more “old school” vibe we’re going with from top to bottom here.
So — the cartoon Catwoman it is. Not, of course, that I would want, or even expect, her to look exactly like that once she hits the screen. I’m just saying that her overall visual aesthetic should be based on, or at the very least inspired by, that sort of look. It’s a map, not the destination itself. Just so we’re clear on that.
One thing that I definitely want to emphasize in this series, and that I thought Nolan did a nice job with is The Dark Knight Rises, is that Batman and Catwoman come from very different “sides of the tracks,” so to speak, socio-economically speaking. While I wouldn’t come right on out and portray her as being a prostitute like Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli did in Batman : Year One, it should be clear that she’s seen her fair share of hard times and that she isn;t necessarily proud of everything she’s done to provide for herself and, as we’ve already seen in our last post, her younger sister. This is somebody that’s called Catwoman not just because she loves her furry feline friends, but because she’s had to bite, scratch, and claw for everything she’s got.
So that’s how I see the overall shape of her character, with several blanks to be filled in as we continue filling in plot details. On a “housekeeping” note, I’ll be taking the next couple days off from doing any sort of blogging, but this series should be resuming on either Wednesday or Thursday. I’ll be doing quite a bit of writing on horror movies during the month of October, but should hopefully still have time to do one or two entries in this Batman series every week, as well, so look for something a bit more balanced in terms of my overall output in the days and weeks to come — I won’t be ignoring this series for two or three weeks as I did a little while back there, but I won’t be making new entries almost daily as I’ve managed to do for the last week or two, either. I think one or twice a week — heck ,maybe three times — is enough to sustain the interest of most folks without having this series consume all my writing time, but we shall see.
In any case, as always, I look forward to your thoughts, dear reader, on today’s matter at hand. What sort of Catwoman would you consider to be ideal?