There is one character left in the MCU I want to discuss this year, and that’s Black Widow. But I think I’ll wait until I have seen “Age of Ultron” and in the meantime, I take a look at DC.
Thing is, the list of female DC characters which make sense to discuss at this point is pretty short. Wonder Woman is a topic for when the movie hit the theatres, and while there might be one or two in the current TV shows worth discussing, I first want to see how they develop. The Supergirl TV-Show is still in development and I would wait for three seasons for a final judgement either way. Batgirl is certainly worth an article at least, but I need to rewatch some of the adaptations first to decide which ones are worth talking about. But there is one female who has become a character so prominent that she even got her own movie, and that is Catwoman.
Said movie was the result of the success of “Batman Returns” in which Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman. More or less. It went into the development as a planned spin-off, but by the time the movie was finally made Joel Schumacher had already ruined the franchise with his two Batman movies, there was no longer any connection to the Burton movies (they even changed the name of the character) and Halle Berry took over the role – a career move I am sure she rued. While she won the Golden Raspberry for her performance (which she accepted with a lot of style and humour), I honestly don’t blame her for this movie. I don’t think that any actress would have managed to rescue that script. Howard the Duck is often named the worst comic book movie of all time, but honestly, I think that Catwoman is even worse. It is offensive, has barely any connection with the source material and doesn’t even work in a “so bad that it is kind of fun to watch” kind of way.
But thankfully, there are better and more iconic versions of Catwoman out there. The next two weeks I will discuss my two favourite ones, and no, the Michelle Pfeiffer version isn’t one of them. I think the best thing about her version is her weird costume, which fits well into the macabre style Burton likes so much. Otherwise she is not a character, she is a moving sex-object. The concept of the supressed, awkward woman who gets pushed around by everyone but becomes unrestrained and aggressive at one point is in my eyes more a male fetish fantasy than something which expresses the desire of woman. Never mind that I don’t believe in sudden character development through cat spit.
Well, feel free to guess which versions of Catwoman are my favourites, or give me your own favourites. Perhaps there are even some I don’t know yet. But I don’t think that my first pick will be a surprise.