18 August 2007

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Catman

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Cat-Man. Tom Blake AKA Catman was a hunter turned burglar inspired by the more famous Catwoman. Tom Blake appeared in Batman: The Animated Series as the leader of a cat worshiping cult. He is yet to make his big screen debut.

Because of his infringement on Catwoman's modus operandi, Catwoman initially helped Batman apprehend Catman. The two costumed criminals would have a competitive, love/hate relationship for many years afterward which included Catwoman being wrongly implicated for Catman's crimes at least once. As with many Batman villains in their first appearances, Catman was originally a gimmicked villain who stole items along a "cat" theme, such as cat statues, "cat's eyes" emeralds, etc. His weapon of choice was of course a cat-o-nine-tails.

During one story, Catman saved the life of Batwoman, licked her ear, and convinced her to become his partner, the new Catwoman. By the end of the story, she gave up the Catwoman role and returned to her Batwoman identity.

Catman later became member of a team called "the Misfits", led by Killer Moth. The Misfits were portrayed as third-rate villains trying to prove themselves. Catman eventually returned as pathetic, overweight foe of Green Arrow.

Catman later resurfaced in Africa, where, after a failed attempt at suicide, he attempted to resalvage his life and began living with a pride of lions. He used this time to lose weight and regain his sense of self-worth and fighting skills. This 'perfect existence' would be shattered by the arrival of the Secret Society of Super-Villains, however. Seeking to unite all of Earth's super-villains under his control, Lex Luthor sought to recruit Catman into the fold as a minion, only to be rejected. It was initially believed that an angry Lex Luthor had Deathstroke the Terminator kill the lions Catman was living with in retaliation for being rejected by a "nobody" but this was later revealed to have been misdirection.

Catman vowed revenge against Luthor, and was subsequently recruited into a criminal syndicate known as the Secret Six. Together, the Secret Six waged war against the Secret Society of Super-Villains under the direction of an individual known only as Mockingbird. During that time he found out that it was in fact fellow Secret Six member Deadshot who had killed his lions, so that he would join the organization. Deadshot would later apologize, and Catman forgave him. Although the two were reluctant allies at first, the two soon bonded and became what one could loosely call friends.

Recently, Catman has achieved a new level of fame. Portrayed as a cunning warrior with a sense of honor and a habit of walking around bare-chested, the character is now a potent anti-heroic character. His time in Africa seems to have helped him regain his physical abilities allowing him to fight the formidable super-ape Mallah to a standstill and blind Captain Nazi. He is different from most other villains in the sense that he has noble and heroic qualities, yet he sees heroes such as the Justice League as being arrogant and abusive of their power. It seems he would rather be associated with people such as Deadshot who at least recognize their moral failings than a group of 'holier-than-thou' heroes. It has been revealed that during his time with the society he impregnated Cheshire and that the two now have a son, Thomas jr.

Friend and Foe Profiles:

Ra's al Ghul
Talia al Ghul
Baby Doll
Bat-Hound (Ace)
Black Mask
David Cain
Calendar Man & Calendar Girl

The Dark Knight returns in 335 days!

17 August 2007

Even MORE Than Has Hitherto Met the Eye

Greedily seeking some extra dough, Transformers is returning to theaters for the rare theatrical double dip. On September 21, Optimus and Co are busting into IMAX with additional footage in a bid for the Summer 07 crown.

I guess my feelings on this depend on what the bonus footage contains. If I will be able to see who is getting shot in the finale, great! If its just more Jar-Jar Frenzy, meh. I will post the details as I get them.

16 August 2007

12 August 2007

Rush for the Weekend Crown

Rush Hour 3 fast talked its way into first with $50 million leaving Bourne Ultimatum with the all time August opening for at least another year. Stardust bombed in spite of good review, but at least it outdid the abysmal (2% on Rotten Tomatoes) Daddy Day Camp.

Welcome newcomers The Simpsons and Bourne to the top 9, forcing the Fan 4 and Die Hard off the list.

This week saw many a milestone. Transformers eclipsed that elusive $300 million mark, the 4th of the year to do so. Homer and co passed $150 million. Also, Chuck, Larry, and Jason Bourne managed to overcome the $100 million mark. That makes 17 blockbusters so far in '07 (I think blockbuster needs to be reassigned to $200 million, but thats just me).

Next week, The Invasion opens against Superbad and The Last Legion. Look for The Invasion to score the win. Pretty much, the Summer is drawing to a close, so this feature may have to hibernate until next year, but maybe there will be a winter edition if demand calls for it.

Overall, my predictions were not too bad (some A's B's and C's), though I was way off with Transformers and Knocked Up wasn't even on my radar. Also, I should have known that Ratatouille wouldn't top Cars, but that was my Pixar favoritism at play. I still think I did better than last year.

Current Rankings:

#9 The Bourne Ultimatum - $132,343,000
#8 Knocked Up - $146,530,640
#7 The Simpsons Movie - $152,237,000
#6 Ratatouille - $193,369,000
#5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $272,000,000
#4 Transformers - $302,919,000
#3 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $307,455,811
#2 Shrek the Third - $321,012,359
#1 Spider-Man 3 - $336,279,383

My Predictions:

#9 Evan Almighty - $170,000,000 (57.5%)*
#8 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - $175,000,000 (74.2%)*
#7 The Bourne Ultimatum - $185,000,000 (71.9%)*
#6 Transformers - $205,000,000 (144.4%)*
#5 Ratatouille - $260,000,000 (74.2%)*
#4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $275,000,000 (98.9%)*
#3 Shrek the Third - $325,000,000 (98.5%)*
#2 Spider-Man 3 - $380,000,000 (88.4%)*
#1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $395,000,000 (77.6%)*

*Percentages earned relative to my predictions