Teaching Batman to be a world-class cat burglar, it seemed like a good idea at the time, and any minute now we might remember why.
Back in Trophies, a flashback revealed that in the early days of Harvey Dent’s career as Two-Face, he and Selina got together for the occasional movie night of Chinese takeout and double features. Not surprisingly, her taste ran to heist films.
Catwoman is, after all, a thief, and not the small-time variety. She is the best cat burglar in the world, she chooses among the most valuable prizes in the world, and it is her choice that makes a prize Cat-worthy. As one who glamorizes the unsavory business of taking other people’s property, she would naturally favor the movies that do the same. As one who exemplifies the fun of being bad and getting away with it, she would be drawn to those films that get that elusive dynamic so well they are able to theft as entertainment.
The heist movie was a staple long before comic book superheroes broke into the mainstream, so consider what her delight will be when she discovers Caper a new webseries from Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry.
Set to be released as a part of the YouTube channel’s slate this year, it’s hard to believe it’s not tailor-made to catch the cat-lady’s eye and win a Catwoman endorsement: Superheroes turned thieves.
Another heist offering in the works is a feature film based on Sony’s Sly Cooper. Confession time, I am not familiar with the game, but Sly is evidently an orphaned raccoon thief.
“In the film, Sly learns of his birth family’s secret legacy; that he comes from a long line of talented and international thieves. Endowed with this
knowledge, Sly and his friends are catapulted into a global adventure as they race to reassemble pieces of an ancient book holding The Cooper Clan’s family secrets before it can fall into the hands of Clockwerk – an evil Russian metallic owl bent on ending the Cooper family line. From romantic Parisian
backdrops to the lush mountains of China, gritty film noir meets bright, colorful graphic novels in this origin story of the world’s greatest
While it looks like kiddie fare, and while Selina is less fond of “the world’s greatest thief-turned-hero” notion compared to the reverse in Caper, it looks like a fun romp.
In other bad girl news, the final installment of Cat-Tales: NMK Inc. is now before us. Lex Luthor and Poison Ivy sniffing around Bruce & Selina all of a sudden? Sure, they’re attractive and all, but there has to be something else going on…
One of the first things we learned in Wayne Rises was that Hollywood isn’t any better than the tabloids when it comes to depicting Catwoman’s social background, let alone her social politics. As Selina herself put it “I’m not A Tale of Two Cities, I’m The Philadelphia Story. ‘The prettiest sight in this pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges.’”
And yet, the allusions to France and french things continued throughout the tale. More than once we were reminded of Selina’s first lover – and partner in crime – François de Poulignac, along with his wine Chateau de Poulignac, french food, french fashion, french cinema–and oh yes, some perfectly grisly burglaries that had been taking place in Paris. Nobody seems to have remembered those – except Batman.
How does it all connect to Falstaff, his plot against the Wayne Tech and the cat burglar who’s been robbing the guests during each and every one of the charity balls benefiting the Wayne Foundation? The answers are here at last in Wayne Rises Chapter 8: Appeler un Chat un Chat
Cat-Tales readers know I’m a huge Aaron Sorkin fan. So much so that I named one of the tales for an episode of Sports Night called “Napoleon’s Plan” and included a significant homage. But here’s the thing, what SN anchor Casey McCall describes as Napoleon’s plan: “First we show up, then we see what happens,” that’s really not Batman’s style.
Waiting, reacting, it’s not his way and he doesn’t like it. At this point in Wayne Rises, there is only one Wayne Foundation fundraising gala left, and the cat burglar is still free. It’s time to get proactive. And so…
Wayne Rises – Chapter 7: Trap.
Kicking off 3D Week in the Gallery spotlights with this little number from an artist called “Thundering Monkey*”
What’s remarkable here is the way this picture captures the playful nature, the style and sass that should be fundamental in any portrayal of Catwoman but eludes so many non-digital portrayals where it should be easy to convey. Missing there, but we’ve got it here, because TM is just that good.
Inspired by Catfight, where we learned that Batman has a number of security videos of Catwoman in action, the names of which indicate recreational rather than professional interest, such as Catvid-Legs.
*whom regular readers may remember from when his guest blog here Bad Yeti