I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the good people over at Comic Book and Movie Reviews to talk about Comics, Theatre, and of course Catwoman and Cat-Tales. I'll be reproducing some snippets here as time allows.
CBMR: What are your own origins, Chris? Plus what path did you take in life to get to where you are today?
CD: Well, I’m from Pittsburgh originally. So of course I’m wildly partisan about how good Gotham City looked in certain parts of The Dark Knight Rises compared to other films.
I’m a theater gal, and have spent most of my adult life working in the performing arts in some capacity, so -- how to put this -- I've been to a lot of fringe festivals and seen an awful lot of shows that are less like the big Broadway musicals that most people think of when you say ‘theater’ -- and a lot more like a guy at a party telling his best stories.
And the other aspect that sort of figures into my ‘origin’ -- in terms of writing Cat-Tales -- is that historically, theater is the voice of the bad boys. It’s the place where the rebels and the troublemakers and the rule-breakers would go to challenge the status quo, where they could mock the king with impunity and knock the proud and the pompous down a few pegs.
Sound like anybody we know?
So, when everything that I saw as wrong with Batman comics reached a critical mass -- not just the portrayal of Catwoman, but the absolutely nonsensical ideas and attitudes that were being circulated and never being challenged -- the spark just happened: What if Selina was fed up too? You've got this grimy little newspaper getting it wrong about Catwoman time after time after time, and she says ‘Enough already’. Where would she go and what would she do to set the record straight in a really public way? Theater -- the world of off-off-off-Broadway theater that I knew -- seemed like a natural medium for her. ‘Catwoman at a party telling her best stories’, who wouldn't buy a ticket to that? She gave the audience a taste of that FUN of being bad. That kind of sexy, playful badness: getting away with something, having fun breaking the rules in a brazen and flamboyant way.
But I’m supposed to be talking about me more than her in this section—and maybe I am. This is fan fiction, I don’t own Batman or Catwoman -- I've been writing stories with ‘stolen’ characters for 10 years. The site is brazen, flamboyant, and I’m having a ball. So there you are.
An excerpt from Catwoman: Cat-Tales - Say Hello to the Theater of Comic Books | Comic Book and Movie Reviews