What's Wrong with this Picture? Catwoman a DC Online Villain?!
It would seem that the Comic Vine - 3 Minute Expert on Catwoman came at an advantageous time to something I noticed just last night. As I was playing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood last night. I got a little stuck trying to figure out what the game was asking me to do. I went to one of my favorite game tip websites and what I saw was that the site was adorned with ads for the DC Online game set of release in the first quarter of 2011. I had yet to see the official box art for this game. It took me a second, but I noticed somethign odd.
Look at the banner ad used on that site. It has the heroes and they lined up against their major villain. DC's big three heroes against some baddies. Batman posed against the Joker, Superman posed against Luthor, and Wonder Woman posed against Catwoman.......... Wait, what?! Now, I know Selina has never been the most moral person in the DC Universe, but I never really thought of her as a major villain. More along the lines of "morally ambiguous", but at the heart a good person. Not to mention, since when was she a villain of Wonder Woman?
What could be the cause behind this? I thought this game had a lot of input from DC. Surely they could of come across another villain who is far more insidious and deadly. They have Catwoman in the company with people who would kill the innocent without a second thought. Maybe they just wanted a recognizable female character to stand opposed to Wonder Woman. I just find it extremely odd that out of the entire DC lineup. They couldn't find a female villain of Wonder Woman. I find that hard to believe.
-Kristoffer Remmell (FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.-
Yeah, I have also noticed she is a villain in the new BATMAN LIVE stage show they are building, I think DC are looking at Gotham Sirens as a kind of... villian/neutral thing that pushes her into a different role, I have always seen her as a neut
It looks like they couldn't think of a villainess famous enough to balance Wonder Woman's appearance from the left-hand side. The general non-comic buying public would think of Catwoman as a villain more than a 'neutral' who bends the law to achieve her goals...
Though, do you really think a DC MMORPG has much appeal outside of DC readers? The game is mostly going to be focused on DC fiction. Even if users didn't know who Circe was, they would once they played the game. There is no reason why everyone on the cover has to be instantly recognized. More often, people aren't going to know who a character on box art is until they play the game.
Why would Catwoman ever be teamed up with the Joker and Luthor? That cover just contradicts what happens in the game.
Y'all missing what really happened:
Client: So to contrast Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman we have their villainous counter-parts: Joker, Luthor, and Cheetah.
Artist: Got it. Joker, check. Luthor, check. And... Che- wait- who's Cheetah?
Client: You know, Cheetah, that cat woman villain?
Artist: Oh, Cat Woman, okay, no problem, yeah I know her.
And I'm not sure that hero and villain are supposed to be so exactly matched; I think it's just really well known characters from the DC universe and Catwoman and Wonderwoman are probably the best known female characters by a larger potential buyer base.
" Y'all missing what really happened: Client: So to contrast Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman we have their villainous counter-parts: Joker, Luthor, and Cheetah. Artist: Got it. Joker, check. Luthor, check. And... Che- wait- who's Cheetah? Client: You know, Cheetah, that cat woman villain? Artist: Oh, Cat Woman, okay, no problem, yeah I know her. "I hope Jim Lee knows who Cheetah is considering that he is co-editor at DC Comics...
This isn't the first time that DC has made this kind of blunder, however. Remember this summer when DC was celebrating their big anniversary and on their anniversary buttons they had all male characters and wonderwoman appeared nowhere despite how many male and female fans like her? It's perhaps the same sort of thinking here that's leading to forgetting who the core fans are and trying to appeal to the public for what I'm assuming are economic reasons.
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