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Saturday, April 07, 2018 

Making the Catwoman movie costume from 1992 canon in the comics is uninteresting

In another example of desperate editors lacking confidence in their ability to impress with art designs that aren't overly elaborate, DC's making the stitchy costume worn by Michelle Pfeiffer in the second major Batman movie from 1992 canon in the comics:
It looks like Catwoman‘s movie suit is finally entering the DC Comics canon in Batman #46. It’s all a part of the lead-up to the marriage of Batman and Catwoman planned for Issue #50 releasing this July. The biggest twist in the modern Batman comics isn’t relying on a new supervillain, the death of a loved one, or a trip through time and space – just saying ‘I do’ at Bruce’s wedding to Selina Kyle.

Well… maybe a trip through time and space, considering who is sharing the cover of Batman #46 with the Dark Knight and his soon-to-be bride. Whatever adventure awaits when Booster Gold crashes into Gotham City ahead of the wedding, it will be taking Michelle Pfeiffer’s famous stitched bodysuit from the movies into the new continuity of DC Comics.
Who cares? Crummy as that film actually was in hindsight, at least the costume was a reasonably okay example of filmmakers taking liberties with the source material, which doesn't have to be mimicked by the comics artists at all costs. As things stand today, Selina Kyle is long a veteran character, and stitches would practically be irrelevant after all these years. If anything, it's just an example of far too much attention to detail.

However, this article does have at least one matter that's sloppy:
In delivering this version of the Catsuit, Tony S Daniel – along with inker Danny Miki and colorist Tomeu Morey – has made sure to channel the Burton design with large white stitching and the signature cowl cutouts in place of her more common goggles. So, is it a new Catwoman suit? One that might have been, in a different timeline?
Umm, IIRC, those goggles are a pretty recent addition themselves, introduced during the needless New 52 several years ago, so they're not common at all. Impulse and Jesse Quick, on the other hand, wore either goggles or shield glasses when they debuted in the 1990s, if it matters.

I think the Big Two have long taken it too far with drawing inspiration from the movies, because what might work in them doesn't work in the comics, and Tim Burton's 1992 movie in retrospect was very mediocre. Visual effects to costumes alone don't a good story make.

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The goggles predate the New 52 by quite a while.

You think those Tim Burton Batman films were crummy? There may be hope for you yet.

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