Starring: Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, et al.
Opening Date: July 23, 2004
This one already has “bomb” written all over it.
Advance word is lousy (see what some people who have seen it already had
to say about it below) and the film is undergoing last moment re-shootings
after testing poor with pre-screening audiences – always an ominous sign.
OK, so the brilliant 12 Monkeys
tested poorly with pre-screening audiences, but don’t count on Catwoman
being another 12 Monkeys.
Anyway, the film (starring Halle Berry, Monster’s
Ball, X-Men) seems to have little to do with
either the original DC Comics character or the one played by Michelle
Pfeiffer in the 1992 Batman Returns. (In the
original comics Catwoman is a professional jewel thief who has a love/hate
relationship with Batman.)
Here’s what some site visitors on
had to say
about the movie:
"The Motion Picture Association of Arts &
Sciences will be knocking on Halle Berry's front door taking back the
Oscar that she was awarded back in 2002, for her role in Monster's Ball,
once Catwoman is unleashed in theatres."
"Pointless film that has nothing to do
with the Batman villainess of the same name.
Berry stars as a woman who loves cats & after a fatal drowning turns into
a human cat, complete with superhuman feline prowess. Sharon Stone
co-stars as the main villainess, which Berry seeks to claim vengeance
"I've seen the film and it sucks. Big
time. It was a bad idea to turn away from the legendary story of Catwoman
(Catwoman is a master burglar & overall thief in the Batman comics)
and try to take a different more mystical, superhero route with it. After
Batman Returns came out in the summer 1992, it was quite a hot idea
to have a spin-off film with the femme feline in her own film. But, with
Michelle Pfeiffer passing on the project early on (she was the original
Cat in Batman Returns. She was hot too!) & the death of the
Batman franchise, thanks to the stinky, cheese bomb that is known as
Batman & Robin, who the hell cares!?!"
Helsing was the worst we would see this summer? Think again. Here
comes Halle Berry in, what could be, the first huge failure of the summer,
both critically and financially. Avoid this one at all costs folks. From
the very start, the very idea of basing a film on a Batman villain was a
bad idea. Turning her into a hero with super powers (catwoman has no
powers, she's just at skilled thief) was a big mistake. With plenty of
Marvel Films out there as great examples of HOW to do comic book films,
WB's of course thinks they know better. Creating a film that is a mere
shadow of the original character."
"The supporting cast is also filled with
terrible choices. Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt. When was the last time
they made a good film? Remember Halle Berry and her terrible Storm
performance in X-Men? Have you SEEN Gothika? She should have
her Oscar revoked for those atrocities.
Please be smart. Go watch something else this summer. Show WB that their
contempt for the movie going audience has reached a new low. Catwoman
deserves to bomb and then some."
Plot Summary for Catwoman (2004):
Catwoman is the story of shy, sensitive artist Patience Philips (Halle
Berry), a woman who can't seem to stop apologizing for her own existence.
She works as a graphic designer for Hedare Beauty, a mammoth cosmetics
company on the verge of releasing a revolutionary anti-aging product. When
Patience inadvertently happens upon a dark secret her employer is hiding,
she finds herself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy. What happens
next changes Patience forever. In a mystical twist of fate, she is
transformed into a woman with the strength, speed, agility and ultra-keen
senses of a cat. With her newfound prowess and feline intuition, Patience
becomes Catwoman, a sleek and stealthy creature balancing on the thin line
between good and bad. Like any wildcat, she's dangerous, elusive and
untamed. Her adventures are complicated by a burgeoning relationship with
Tom Lone (Benjamin Bratt), a cop who has fallen for Patience but cannot
shake his fascination with the mysterious Catwoman, who appears to be
responsible for a string of crime sprees plaguing the city.