First of all: Thanks a lot to the nice guy who recommended me this one!
I watched the whole flick and surely this reco paid off just fine.
Sorry for the little potential spoiler in the title, but if you watch the whole movie, you will see that coming too.
But let’s start with some pictures:
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And here is the video (and yes, the first scene is actually the start of the movie!):
Watch the video first and then continue!
Ok, where to start? What a weird way to start a movie! Some random guy that we don’t know fights with someone in a hood and gas mask…. and obviously, since this is a post on this blog….that masked villain is actually a masked villainess. 😉
Such a crazy way to start the movie…. who are these people? Why is the gas mask person attacking the other one? And why the hell is that guy behaving so weird?
It’s amazing how weird that script is for him. I mean he gets the upper hand and beats his assailant to the floor. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to disarm the attacker? And then unmask him/her? Instead, he walks away at first and then walks backward back to the place where the attacker was laying on the ground seconds before!?
Ok, maybe the gas did mess with his head or something 😆
And why is the attacker only gassing him shortly and then always is waiting to be attacked? She was lucky here to defeat him.
And then the scene ends with him laying on the ground and that’s it. What is happening here?
Really odd. As I saw that first I was turned on and confused at the same time 😆
It’s pretty weird that they use CGI gas in these scenes, couldn’t they use some harmless white smoke? Would have looked much better.
I really love the breathing sounds in this scene as you can hear that the attacker is breathing heavily during a fight which makes sense.
This video has all the scenes with the villainess in her gas mask in it.
Speaking of her gas mask: What weird gas mask is that? Never seen that model. Is that self-made?
I mean the small part where she can actually see something….well the mask is disguising her very well….but at the same time, she can’t see an awful lot with it.
But at first sight, this mask looks somehow evil, and that fits her role.
Even the mask isn’t exactly “pretty”.
A shame she takes of the mask herself as I would have loved a reveal in a fight.
But the short flashback scene is a great BONUS for me. Even it is only short I love it when a masked villainess like she is fighting against another woman!
It’s quite odd how her mask gets…”away”….but it’s great that she actually gets unmasked and is immediately running away to keep her secret.
I checked that scene frame by frame and still don’t know if the other woman yanked that mask off her or it somehow fell off during her fall. Even that would be quite bizarre as these masks are fitted very tightly to not let in anything (except through the filter).
However, the other woman didn’t see her unmasked face so her evil secret identity was still intact back then.
Sadly she doesn’t get the chance to put on her mask again as her tank is empty and she gets another one from her car.
In this time the women free themselves and then they fight with the villainess ….
and seemingly beat her to death.
But I really love the whole idea of this villainess! I wonder how the scriptwriter came up with that idea:
Let’s have a villainess who puts on a gas mask and is killing people with her special gas (that she mixes up in her own pharmacy).
I wish she had more screentime in her gas mask, as that is only a little over 2 minutes. And of course, a dramatic unmasking in a fight would have been great…but nonetheless, I am very happy about this new movie.
Well, luckily I have improved in some ways over all these years as there is nearly no text to it.
This absolutely great unmasking deserves an UPGRADE! A BIG one!
I wanna present the video in a longer version and in an HD version today.
Plus I wanna give it a big upgrade on the text part also.
So, let’s start with a preview:
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And here is the video:
First of all, this is an early Batwoman version (Katrina Moldoff) before Kate Kane and Ryan Wilder appeared way later on.
I think her costume is overall ok, but I’m not a fan of that mask that is basically just a big version of an eye mask and doesn’t hide much.
But well, that was basically everything negative I have to say about that scene 😉
She fights really well and brings down the Riddler, but then she gets careless and lets her guard down.
I love how he uses this situation to his advantage and just goes for her mask, unlike so many other villains.
He knows how important her secret identity is to her, and he has seen the reporters, so he knows how devastating the effect of the unmasking would be.
The ripping sound as the mask gets yanked away from her face is awesome, even not 100% logical as it’s hard to say where that sound actually is coming from as it sounds as the fabric gets ripped. And her mask isn’t really attached to anything….as it seems.
But ok, not important as the sound is soo great 😉
Her reaction to it is great and she is really surprised and terrified by his move! Maybe that explains why she moves her head around and thereby is presenting her unmasked face to the reporters which makes the unmasking so much worse for her.
Even it would have been bad enough if “only” he would know, as he could use that knowledge against her.
He really enjoys the whole unmasking and how he defeated her completely with it. I wish many more villains would think like him! (#hallo TV show/movie writers)
And all that was completely improvised as he just saw her for the first time some minutes ago.
Also, a nice aspect as Batman comments the unmasking as a “dirty trick” from him.
The facts that the reporter immediately recognize her famous face and the newspaper with “Katrina exposed!” are additional bonuses!