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Margot Robbie posted this image on Instagram which has been confirmed as the formal title for the the movie, so prepare yourself for

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)


The cast so far is;

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the Helena Bertinelli/Huntress
Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Dinah Lance/Black Canary
Rosie Perez as GCPD Detective Renee Montoya
Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain

I didn't know it had been announced that Ewan McGregor will be the villain, as Black Mask, which could be interesting.

The storyline is that apparently after breaking up with the Joker, Harley gets involved with the three heroes in saving Cassandra Cain from some plan the Black Mask has.

Writer is Christina Hodson (Who wrote the forthcoming Bumblebee movie, which actually looks to be a FUN TF film, and will be writing Batgirl)
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"In this specific case, I am lucky to not feel that pressure because Mark, our editor, and Garry have been on the same page as me since the first moment. I am definitely aware that there are issues regarding the presentation and role of women both on the page and behind it. For myself, as a storyteller, I am trying to not use some of the things that have been criticized. I am trying to not put any women in sexual peril. If I can get away with that through the entire run, that's my goal. Because, as we find out, there are plenty of other ways that someone can be in peril. [Laughs] But there is definitely some pressure from people that are hoping that comics will start to reflect women as subjects rather than objects and start to avoid these easy pitfalls." - Genevieve Valentine

Writer: Genevieve Valentine
Artist: Garry Brown
Colorist: Lee Loughridge

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"When she takes the job, when she accepts her birthright, she is doing it with the best intentions. She does it so that no one else does it because she figures that her intentions are better than the other people who were trying to take this job. And she is hoping to use this as a way to make crime so organized that we can get rid of the collateral damage that comes when crime families are fighting with each other and we can start using all of these shell companies to start rebuilding Gotham. She has plans where she recognizes what she is doing is morally very tricky but she is hoping to be less evil than someone else would be in this same role. In some ways, she is taking one for the team. But of course, nothing ever ends up as clean as you hope, especially not in Gotham. When bad guys come knocking at the door, she has to decide how much she is willing to pay to stay in power. That's a big question." - Genevieve Valentine

Writer: Genevieve Valentine
Artist: Garry Brown
Colorist: Lee Loughridge

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"I love her intelligence, her resourcefulness, her determination, her independence, and the moral gray area she lives in that’s just big enough for her to reinvent herself as necessary and small enough that she’s often bumping up against its edges.

...

I like to think Catwoman fans like her for all those reasons; there’s always something interesting in a character who’s constantly determining her own limits, but who’s independent enough that there’s always the option to bolt.
" - Genevieve Valentine

Writer: Genevieve Valentine
Artist: Garry Brown
Colorist: Lee Loughridge


With Valentine's run sadly closing out this month for.... some reason, let's reflect back on it.

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Some of you may remember the time I posted that one story where Bruce is depicted as a completely realistic corporate CEO. Well, more realistic than almost any other take, anyways. Good times, good times.

Many of you rightfully called out that portrayal as terrible, and that pondering the "realistic" foundations of Wayne Enterprises misses the whole point of Batman very, very badly. This recent article from Chris Sims on that very topic got me thinking: what would be the total, polar opposite of Batman: Tenses? What story would have Bruce's boundless charity and philanthropy play a central role, not just be relegated to a plot convenience or a fuzzy-wuzzy epilogue?

Ladies and germs, I believe I've found the answer. And the answer may shock you to your very core!



Behind the cut: (the) Batman tackles the real issues )
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There's such a great history for the character, but in the same way Gotham is an elastic town, she's got an elastic story, where there's a lot of room for her within the DC mythos that Mark [Doyle, the Batman group editor] and company have been excited to explore. The last arc of Catwoman was a chance to tell a really great story for Selina that made the most of her sly smarts and set up some characters that could give her a run for her money, in one way or another, and the reader response has been incredible. This arc is where all those delicate things start to go to pieces, and in some ways that's even better." - Genevieve Valentine

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For the longest time, I'd always thought of Black Mask - especially the 2000s-era take on him - as Hush, but even worse. Hush might have been a huge Villain Sue with artificial competence and a wholly unoriginal composition, but at least he had the grace to leave the Bat-books (temporarily) as soon as Loeb was done with his debut story. Black Mask had all of the above (possible exacerbated by the fact that he was previously an unremarkable C-lister in Batman's rogues gallery) with the added caveat that editorial was in love with him for some reason, so we got him shoved down our throats as TEH MOST BADASS CRIMELORD EVAH for most of Gotham's mid-2000s status quo.

I'm not going to recap the disgusting mess that was "War Games" here - there are plenty of posts on this community devoted to covering that already - but suffice to say, BM got very little love from the female readership, and his fans in the male readership basically amounted to people impressed that he'd killed a Robin.

But then I sat down to Judd Winick's run on Batman, and realized that holy shit, apparently the newbie writer on the block agreed with me.

The life and times of Roman Sionis, behind the cut. )
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First off, my Henchgirl--being the learned and brilliant fangirl that she is--was sick and tired of all the misinformation about Catwoman's Post-Crisis history and origins, partially due to the fact that most of those stories are out of print. So she pulled together a ton of canon through scans and factoids and created the definitive, complete origin timeline of Catwoman.

She managed to incorporate and reconcile events in canon from several different sources, creating a single cohesive narrative that works beautifully and makes perfect sense. It's a thing of beauty, and biased though I may be, I'm honestly in awe. If only more actual comic writers gave the character as much thought and care as fans like Henchgirl does.

She put a ton of work into this project, and it shows. Check it out. Leave feedback/love/cookies.


Now, onto the Two-Face-Ness!


So I've been thinking a lot about Doug Moench lately. Not just his dubious Two-Face stories, but also Black Mask and Circe. And it's not just because I've been planning to post today's story, Moench's first Two-Face tale which also features the return of Circe (Black Mask's ex-girlfriend, whom he scarred and took on as his own henchgirl).

I've been putting off this issue for a long time, as I generally consider it one of the worst Two-Face stories of all time. For one thing, Moench is trying to juggle five or six plots at play over four issues, so the resulting story is a mess. At least I'll be simplifying things here by just focusing on Harvey and Circe, who actually meet here.





Be warned: this story takes a sharp left turn into Cracksville, by way of Ridiculous Lane.


Masks, makeup, flesh, and scars, all behind the cut! )

So what really happened to Circe? Anybody know? I'm thinking of making a whole profile page about her for ComicVine, because really, who the hell else will?

Moench would go on to write Harvey several more times, several of which are infamous (to those of us who care) as being among the very worst Two-Face stories. But perhaps memory is being too harsh. When I review them here and/or at my fanblog, I'll do my best to give them a fair shake. Yes, even with The Face Schism. *shudder*
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If there's one classic* Batman villain I've come to hate over the past ten years, it's Black Mask.

Thanks to his prominent roles in War Games, he dominated the Bat-books for a couple years, getting big parts in Nightwing, Catwoman, and Under the Hood, thus also appearing in the last one's DVD adaptation, as well as Teh Batman. So I really shouldn't be surprised that this one-dimensional, nasty, pointless, generic, hollow non-character actually has fans. Not surprised, but disappointed.

But why? How the hell did this character become a thing, while better gangster-style villains (the Penguin, Harvey, the Ventriloquist and Scarface) got shoved to the side?

So, as I was already writing about a related Two-Face story from 1985, I decided to check out the original Black Mask appearances by Doug Moench. What I was surprised to discover was that Moench's original Mask in no way, shape, or form resembles the version which DC rose to prominence a few years ago.

I'm not saying he's a good character, mind you. But he's a far more interesting (and cracktacular) character. Hell, just look at the cover blurb:





So yes, prepare for the ultra-modern Batman villain who makes all the other villains look like CRAP! At least, according to Doug Moench.

Push it to the limit (LIMIIIIIIIT) behind the cut )

When Selina killed Roman a second time, I reacted with a weary "finally." But now, after reading Moench's originally stories, I feel disappointed for Ed Brubaker and subsequent writers for wasting what little potential there was for this character, and further distaste for anyone who actually likes the skull-faced version of Black Mask.

Finally, a question: anyone else think that Jeph Loeb ripped off Black Mask when he created Hush? Really, everything that Loeb tried to say with Tommy Elliot, I feel like Moench already said better with Roman Sionis. Just another little way that Moench's original creation has been swept under the rug by DC.




*I hate Hush and Dr. Hurt more, but they ain't "classic" just yet.
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CosmicBookNews has an article with an update as to who Christian Bale Batman may tangle with for the 3rd film.

Fair warning, lots of potential spoilers.

Bang. )
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So seriously, what the hell has DC been doing with Two-Face for the past year and a half?

I ask because I wanted to review the final part of the first-ever Two-Face solo story wrapped up in Batman: Streets of Gotham, which came out today. But I realized that such a review was impossible without looking into the events that brought the character to this point, as written by Tony Daniel, Judd Winick, and Marc Andreyko, neither of whom seemed to read the other's stories and utterly ignored continuity when it came to Two-Face.

Has anyone else noticed this? Has anyone else been confused?

Let's take a blow-by-blow look at Two-Face over the past year and a half, and you let me know if this makes any sense, or if I'm missing out on some crucial detail somewhere along the way. Please, seriously, help me out here. I feel like no one else is even noticing these glaring inconsistencies.

And while I'm at it, I'd like to rant a bit about Andreyko's Manhunter co-feature from Streets of Gotham. Hope you don't mind.




How Harvey's been (mis?)used ever since the events of BATMAN R.I.P.... )

...

What?!

Is this all due to some editorial clusterfuck, ala Countdown, Death of the New Gods, and Final Crisis all contradicting one another in various ways? And unlike that clusterfuck, no one else seems to be noticing THIS clusterfuck!

And then there's the actual Two-Face solo story by Ivan Brandon, the one that just today wrapped up in Streets of Gotham. That one seems to be another clusterfuck for some reason, not to mention the story itself is frustrating in its own ways. But I'll address all that in my next post, when I tackle Two-Face: The Long Way Down heads-on. Hopefully no one else will post scans of it in the meantime.

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