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Yet More Catwoman news from FilmForce

Discussion in 'DC Live-Action Movies and Television' started by BeyondGotham, Jul 21, 2003.

  1. BeyondGotham

    BeyondGotham Batmanytb.com

    May 27, 2001
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    July 21, 2003 - Reliable sources have advised IGN FilmForce that while Warner Brothers' Catwoman movie isn't dead, the feeling held by many insiders is that the project is turning into a ticking bomb. Warner Brothers executives are said to fear that they might have a Hulk-sized fiasco on their hands (i.e., a big, expensive comic book movie directed by an artsy director that results in a disappointing bore).

    To give you an idea of how reliable our sources are, they provided us with our past scoops that Pitof would helm the film and that Ashley Judd wasn't a sure thing for the title role. Both claims proved true.

    According to our sources, one of the biggest obstacles facing Catwoman now is its script. Ed Solomon's latest draft has been described to IGN FilmForce as dull, pretentious, charmless, unfunny, and lacking an understanding of the title character and her lore.

    Our sources also claim that some studio executives are worried that the hiring of French filmmaker Pitof to helm one of their major tentpole releases – and his first American feature – may have been misguided. They apparently fear that Pitof's interpretation will prove too artsy and European for American audiences and comic book fans. Pitof had brought onboard several other French crew members, including his production designer and cinematographer. Several members of the Catwoman production team are said to have been dismissed because the project had become too European in its sensibilities.

    The executives are also concerned because the original Catwoman character, Selina Kyle, will apparently have a supporting role (it could be as small as a cameo) in the next Batman film, which will be directed by Christopher Nolan and scripted by David Goyer. (This confirms a rumor reported earlier by Batman on Film.) This is a conflict because Warner Brothers doesn't want to cross-pollinate their film franchises. This was one of the many reasons why Batman vs. Superman eventually bit the dust (in a very messy and publicized manner), and why the Dark Knight hasn't appeared in any of the recent Catwoman drafts.

    I can imagine how Warners might respond to this story: they'll deny it and then ask us to remove it. Just remember the following FACTS. Rumors about Batman vs. Superman falling apart panned out. Ditto the dropping of McG as the director of Superman in favor of Brett Ratner. Ratner's subsequent departure was vehemently denied for ages but ultimately proved true. Please bear all this in mind the next time that the studio denies a report published online.

    Catwoman may not be dead or stillborn but there doesn't seem to be much joy within the production. Nevertheless, Catwoman will apparently be made. Warners simply can't sit on the sidelines any longer while Marvel Studios rides the comic book movie bandwagon. Whether or not Catwoman should have been made, however, is a matter we will have to debate in the future. Catwoman is scheduled to begin filming mid-September in Canada.

    In related news, Catwoman star Halle Berry appeared at this past weekend's San Diego Comic-Con and advised the crowd that the film is "absolutely independent" of the Batman franchise, according to Dark Horizons. "I think we're going to try new things with the costume, I think it'll be something that you haven't seen before," said Berry, "and because it really is her story about how she became Catwoman, she's not just a sidekick in a Batman movie now – its really her journey, I think you'll learn some interesting things about the character for people who don't know much about how she came about."
    -- Stax

  2. sKorpia

    sKorpia Sweet Little Owl

    Oct 12, 2002
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    I nearly bust a gut when I read this quote. Just exactly how much does she think she knows about Catwoman in the first place? :rolleyes: Because, of course, she's acted Storm perfectly and completely understands that character and her origins. *gags*
  3. Damien

    Damien Watching

    Jan 10, 2003
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    I know I mentioned this in the Storm thread, but I still remember when it was about time for the first X-Men, and Berry shoots her mouth off saying that she can't believe African-American actresses have been reduced to playing comic book characters. Now she's played Storm twice, and now a woman who's supposed to be Catwoman but isn't because Warner Brothers are being utterly dumb. I hope she's choking on those words now, and I hope she does the same with that last quote when the movie flops.

    DR.MID-NITE The Original

    May 2, 2001
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    I said once..I will say it again. With all of the properties DC/Warner has. Why are they doing a Catwoman, who is not Catwoman?? :confused: :confused: :rolleyes:
  5. TimTwoFace

    TimTwoFace Mod, and Minotaur Bait

    Feb 11, 2002
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    ...Halle Berry went to Comic-Con? Just another reason why I'm jealous I didn't go... :p

    Meh...I don't mind a "European style" of direction for this movie. I think an artsy approach would make it unique. What still bothers me the most is how this Catwoman isn't the REAL Catwoman, so why even CALL it Catwoman. Obviously, they're only calling it that because that name is something that everyone would immediately recognize, whereas if they called it "Busty Leather-Clad Hot Female Movie" it wouldn't...necessarily. :p

  6. DisneyBoy

    DisneyBoy Searchin' My Soul

    May 16, 2001
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    Step One: Gag

    Step Two: Spew

    Step Three: Don't see this movie


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