The fine folks at TV Guide have a first look at the newest Batgirl, to be seen on the hit WB series (and probably already available in Canadia). As in previous TV and comic-book incarnations, this Dark Knight Damsel is Police Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, Barbara. But in a new twist, she’s just a teenager who turns to fighting crime with cape and cowl after her father puts the kibosh on her plans to become a police detective. Batgirl’s fighting style will be heavily influenced by her background as an Olympic gymnastics hopeful. “She has this nice, explosive little-kid dynamic,” said producer and art director Jeff Matsuda. At first, Batman doesn’t approve of a youngster getting in the middle of Gotham City’s depraved underworld. “But he also knows he can’t stop her,” Matsuda said. “Later on, we’ll probably have that moment where he accepts her, but in the beginning, it’s more of a stay-out-of-my-way deal.” The magazine also notes that Poison Ivy will be the new Batgirl’s archenemy, so we should hear more about her soon. Thanks to Rich Sands for tipping us off to that one.
The publicity onslaught continues as everybody and their mom gets in on this emerging story. The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting story about the visual effects on the film, talking about the collaborative effort to bring Frank Miller’s vision to life.
Sci FI Wire has quotes from actresses Rosario Dawson and Brittany Murphy, defending the story’s depiction of women. “I think that’s been the question: … Are women going to want to see this, specifically, for that reason?” Dawson said. “I think, absolutely. We’re very in control of what we are. We know what our assets are. We make money off of it, and we call the shots, which I think is very powerful. I think it’s a very even-keel sort of strength between the men and the women. You know, the guys get their balls ripped off, and the girls threaten to do it and will. I think it’s a pretty tough town on both sides.” Murphy said, “”If you look at the undertones of Frank Miller’s writing, there’s a balance to everything. If you’re a true fan of his work and his graphic novels, … there’s actually a great balance to his work, and there’s also subtle moments.”
Dawson also appeared on The Tonight Show, and Comics Continuum watched so you wouldn’t have to. There, Dawson talked about how the actors strived to achieve the look of the comics. “Frank Miller, you could see his face, that he was just amazed,” Dawson said. “Mickey Rourke and Benicio del Toro put on prosthetics to look more like the characters. It’s like everyone went out of their way to really get into it. I showed up and I had this little outfit; it’s kind of drawn really crazy. I chopped off all my hair and I had a faux-hawk for it.”
Finally, IESB chimed in with video coverage of the premiere.
Director Bryan Singer talked to Time magazine about why he’s blogging up a storm about the top-secret Australian production. “It’s the same reason I like to invite friends to set,’ says Singer of why he agreed to do bluetights.net ‘It exposes the amazing technical and sometimes emotional theater that’s involved in making films of this type.’ But is there such a thing as too much information? Does it deplete the movie’s magic? On the ‘Superman Returns’ blog, we see Stephan Bender as young Superman, working in the flying harness and trying to keep his dignity intact, not to mention other sensitive parts of his anatomy. ‘Nothing’s comfortable,’ the stunt coordinator admits. If you ever believed a man can fly, you may want to skip that entry.”
More from the premiere? Dang right — actor Michael Jai White also talked to IESB (who worked extra hard to bring you coverage today) about about what’s up with a sequel for the Todd McFarlane adaptation (Windows Media required again).
Yep, even the Fastest Man Alive got talked about at that “Sin City” premiere, and IESB was again on hand to capture the news for you (you guessed it, Windows Media required).
While checking out the aforementioned premiere for “Sin City,” actor Rutger Hauer talked to IESB about his role in the Christian Bale-fueled DC adaptation (Windows Media required).
Moviehole has a very negative review of the upcoming Sci-Fi Channel movie from Marvel, with all the requisite spoiler warnings, et cetera. “prepare yourself for the ultimate Marvel experience: Big-breasted beauties swimming in corn syrup, Aussies with irksome, disbelieving Louisiana accents, and cheap, fruitless effects that do nothing to help proceedings look any less minor than, dare I say, ‘The Howling 3.’ ‘Man-Thing’ is a far bigger blow than anything Linda Lovelace could’ve bought to the table. If the comic-book stables previous cinematic efforts were a Chocolate-adorned caramel filled Cornetto ice cream, then this is the unappetizing defrosted home-brand water ice. It’s that cheap.”
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