Gotham (Selina Kyle review)

Selina Kyle played Camren bicondova

Selina Kyle played Camren Bicondova

Don’t piss off the Cat!

“Don’t piss off the Cat” is a phrase that accurately describes the temperament and vicious nature of Selina Kyle (who becomes Catwoman).  Catwoman of course is the signature anti-hero in the Batman Universe.  The episode “Selina Kyle”  on the surface is about the development of Selina Kyle into becoming seductive thief known as Catwoman.  The pilot underutilized Selina Kyle by showing her steal jewelry in the first minute of the show having her popping up for no reasons throughout the episode.  The second episode of Gotham gives her the spotlight.

Selina Kyle is a homeless teenage girl who lives on the street and steals items to survive.  A man and a woman drug her friends and shot an elderly homeless veteran who tried to protect the homeless children.  Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock start to investigate the murder and find that homeless children are being abducted off the streets . Their investigation gets Gotham’s power players involved demanding action and justice for the children while Selina Kyle, the only witness, quietly slips away in the shadows.

The main positive about this episode is Selina Kyle.  Carmen Bicondova is the young teenage actress who plays Selina Kyle. The writers of Gotham teased us with the qualities of Selina Kyle in this episode that make Batman fans love the character.  She is sneaky, violent (crawling someone’s eyes out, (spoiler alert)), and has that sarcastic attitude throughout the episode.  She is very tentative around people and a good judge of character.  Her bond with James Gordon will get stronger throughout the series until she utterly disappears off the grid and starts to steal dressed in a cat outfit. She  also likes to be called “Cat” by people.

However, another big positive of the episode is Alfred.  Yes, Batman fans all love the kind gentle Alfred who snitches up Batman after his long nights of fighting crime. However, Alfred in this show has become Bruce Wayne’s surrogate father while Bruce has lost his faith in humanity.  The two should butt heads throughout the show so be on guard for this dynamic. The only character that has Bruce Wayne’s respect in this show is Jim Gordon but Alfred doesn’t yet.  Just a reminder, every major superhero has to earn and prove themselves to Bruce Wayne/Batman before they get the respect and acknowledgement  from the Bat.

This episode had more action, dynamic plot lines, and better dialogue. Ben Mckenzie and Donald Logue were great as Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock. Robin Lord Taylor is delightful as the Penguin and has great charisma in every scene that he is in. Jada Pinkett-Smith actually showed some viciousness and anger in her performance as Fish Mooney. She was a big improvement from last week.  There is a Killer Croc reference for all you Batman fans in this episode.

Overall, “Selina Kyle” was a very strong episode.  Bruce and Alfred butted heads like they should at this point in their lives. Selina Kyle developed into a sneaky sarcastic character.  The visuals were great, the writing was good, and a well acted television episode. I give this episode 4/5 because the villains were kind of lame.

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Gotham (series premiere review)

Gotham  Created by  Bruno Heller

Gotham
Created by
Bruno Heller

It’s all about the Batman Villains

Gotham City is one of the most iconic fictional cities in pop culture. The world knows about  exceptionally insane characters that live and torment Gotham City such as: Batman, The Joker, Two Face, The Riddler, and some of the other major Batman villains.  However, this show has no Batman as the hero but Detective James Gordon as its hero.  Gotham is set to explore the origins of Bruce Wayne’s training to become Batman; James Gordon rising though the ranks to become Police Commissioner; and infamous Joker, Riddler, and Poison Ivy becoming those homicidal lunatic super villains that we all know and love.

James Gordon (Ben Mackenzie) is the new boy in the Gotham Police Department. He’s a war hero and very honorable. He is partnered with the slimy cowardly Detective Harvey Bullock (Donald Logue).  The two immediately have conflicts on how to enforce the law. However, they are forced to investigate Bruce Wayne’s parents murder.   Gordon makes a promise to Alfred (Sean Pertwee) and Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) that he will find the murderer that killed Wayne s.  Along the way, the detectives go to Fish Mooney (Jada Pickett Smith) for information about the murder and start the powder keg for her to become Gotham’s leader of organize crime.

Honestly, the best part of the show were the visuals. Gotham is not a science fiction  show but Gotham had dark, misty, and corrupt feel to make a good crime show.  The setting combined Batman Begins with Tim Burton’s Batman to make the city look spectacular.  The other best part of the show was not James Gordon or Harvey Bullock but they were spectacular characters too. Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) stole the show. He was the most charismatic character in the premiere and such a wonderful slimy little bastard.  Robin Lord Taylor had so much cunning, anger, and likeable in his performance of Cobblepot. He will become the Penguin and put a bullet through the head of Fish Mooney by season’s end (a prediction that I have).  Ben Mackenzie, Donald Logue, and Robin Lord Taylor did brilliant jobs on portraying their comic book characters.

For the negatives, the episode had really boring moments and felt flat.  The two big issues were the Fish Mooney character and Catwoman. The episode overall was entertaining but Fish Mooney didn’t feel threatening such as Mr. Freeze would be. Jada Pickett Smith had no energy in her performance and her character felt lackluster. She was one dimensional; however, there are chances for her to grow into homicidal maniac in future episodes. The really WTF moment is Catwoman. She serves no purpose in the first episode. She would climb on buildings and watch things. Can you say boring? The show runners could have introduced her more brilliantly and charismatically but they put her in to do nothing.  It was pathetic use of the iconic Catwoman; however, she will be the focus on next week’s episode.

Overall, Gotham was good but it wasn’t Batman Begins or Batman brilliant. James Gordon, Harvey Bullock, and Oswald Cobblepot were compelling characters. They made the episode worth watching combined with that dark visual tone of the show.  Catwoman was wasted and pathetically introduced as a character.  There is a big Joker reference (maybe a particular scene) in the episode. This show will develop its own version of the Joker and big props to the creators for taking on that beloved homicidal clown. Jada Pickett Smith was uninspiring but there are chances for her to develop.  Gotham gets a 3.5/5.

What did you do think about Gotham? Who do you want to see in Gotham in terms of Batman Villains? Comment below and let me know.

Warner Bros has to distance themselves from David Goyer

Writer of Man of Steel

David Goyer at the Man of Steel premiere. He wrote Man of Steel

David Goyer has been consistently one of the best screenwriters in Hollywood. He wrote Blade (1998), Batman Begins (2005), Man of Steel (2013), the video game series Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) and Black Ops II (2012), did rewrites for Godzilla (2014), and has a story credit for The Dark Knight (2008),  The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).  He is very well known in television and Hollywood. A lot of inspiring screenwriters read The Dark Trilogy Screenplays as a guide to help write and format screenplays. Warner Bros has chosen him to be the director of two major fiction adaptions to the screen: Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Sandman by Neil Gaiman.  Despite his success and popularity in Hollywood, Goyer made some comments that can’t not be ignored by Warner Bros. They have consistently gone back to Goyer to write, direct, and produce their upcoming films.

David Goyer appeared on a prodcast called Scriptnotes. It’s a podcast that talks about the screenwriting process and very informational.  The hosts are Craig Mazin and Jon August.  Craig Mazin made some comments about She-Hulk, a marvel superheroine  comic book character.  Goyer didn’t shy away from the comments either but actually indulged them.  This is a transcript of the between Craig Mazin and David Goyer. Mary Sue transcribed the dialogue.

Craig Mazin: The real name for She-Hulk was Slut-Hulk. That was the whole point. Let’s just make this green chick with enormous boobs. And she’s Hulk strong but not Hulk massive, right? … She’s real lean, stringy…

David S. Goyer: She’s still pretty chunky. She was like Chyna from the WWE.

Mazin: The whole point of She-Hulk was just to appeal sexistly to ten-year-old boys. Worked on me.

Goyer: I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day… And so then they created She-Huk, right? Who was still smart… I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying? … She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck.

 

 

She Hulk was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema

She Hulk was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema

Who is She-Hulk? She-Hulk is the cousin of Bruce Banner. Her alter ego is Jessica Walters a very successful lawyer. Stan Lee and John Buscema created the character to be independent combine her brains and brawn. Walters had a blood transfusion from Banner and the exposure of gamma rays turned her into She-Hulk. She is an idealistic lawyer, skilled fighter, and a loyal friend to many.  Her relationship life is a metaphor for real relationships between men and women.  Walters doesn’t take any shit from any men and has had trouble relationships in the past.  Superheroine characters are designed to look like Greek Goddess who display physical perfection.

Catwoman from the Arkham City video game

Catwoman from the Arkham City video game

Black Widow from the comics

Black Widow from the comics

Gamora from the movie of Guardians of the Galaxy

Gamora from the movie of Guardians of the Galaxy

Wonder Woman from Injustice God's Among Us

Wonder Woman from the video game Injustice God’s Among Us

Catwoman, Black Widow, Gamora, and Wonder Woman are superheroines that are created are created to be physical perfect. Artist create these characters this way because no fan would believe a 85 pound non muscular woman could defeat a supervillain. The only reason why these characters have such physical distinct features because they are modeled after Greek Goddesses and renaissance art. .

Athena: female warrior goddess in Greek Mythology

Athena: female warrior goddess in Greek Mythology

Warner Bros. needs to address these comments.  Many women and comic book fans have waited a long time for  Wonder Woman’s debut on the silver screen.  She is going to appear in the upcoming DC superhero movie Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice produced by Warner Bros. David Goyer wrote the first script for the movie. In December, Warner Bros had hired Chris Terrio (Argo’s academy award screenwriter) to rewrite the script and pushed the release date back to May 6th, 2016. No reason has ever been stated except “We wanted to give the filmmakers the time to complete their vision.” I have a feeling now we know why this film got pushed back. I can only assume (with no proof) that Goyer’s adaption of Wonder Woman was a bimbo.  He created her to be window dressing a pretty face and no brains.  Any comic book fan or woman can tell you that Wonder Woman is more than a pretty face. She can kick serious ass and is very intelligent. A lot of the DC superheroes look for Wonder Woman for guidance. I personally at one time thought Wonder Woman was a bland character and was compared to Superman. After I played Injustice Gods Among Us, watched the Justice League TV Show, and watched DC animated films it caused to grow to love Wonder Woman.

Warner Bros. needs to remove Goyer from the film production or Goyer needs to come out and apologize for calling a popular superheroine character “a pornstar.” Warner Bros. needs to keep Goyer’s name out of all marketing and film publicity if there is no apology because his comments alienates a section of their movie going audience. More importantly, he sounded a misogynistic pig that no one will want to hear from anytime soon. Stan Lee even weighed in on the comments.

1. When Lee, as writer, co-created She-Hulk with artist John Buscema (the character debuted in February of 1980, in Savage She-Hulk #1), he was absolutely focused on his gamma-green superheroine having brains. Lee tells The Post’s Comic Riffs this evening, in response to Goyer’s words: “I know I was looking for a new female superhero, and the idea of an intelligent Hulk-type grabbed me.”

2. So, did Lee intend for Hulk and She-Hulk to be “kissin’ cousins,” as it were — in other words, was Walters created to be Banner’s brawny, X-rated plaything? “Never for an instant did I want her as a love interest for Hulk,” Lee tells Comic Riffs tonight. “Only a nut would even think of that.”

3. Goyer insists She-Hulk was created, physically, as a “male power fantasy.” So, how about She-Hulk’s tremendous physique, Stan the Man? “As for her looking beautiful and curvy,” Lee tells Comic Riffs, “show me the superheroine who isn’t.”

 

Stan Lee is right most superheroine characters look the same way. However their male counterparts look very muscular and like a god also. Comic book characters are drawn a distinct way to give the audience the impression that these heroes can protect the world and us.  Superheroines are not pornstars sorry to tell you that David Goyer.

What do you think Warner Bros. should do about these comments?