In this episode Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) is introduced. She wears a batman costume as Robin runs after the unknown masked maiden. He grabs her mask, pulling it, stretching the material. And all that in public! It seems like her mask would rip completely, but she is lucky. He rips the lower rear of her mask, exposing only her hair beneath it….
Was it his intention to unmask Batgirl? We’ll never know for sure… But in my eyes a great unmasking (attempt) scene! 🙂
It’s time for another article of my “in my opinion” -series!
You can find a lot of unmasking-related stuff on the internet. Clips, pictures, movies, TV-series, fan art…. And I have seen quite a lot I would say, but there are so few really good unmaskings. So my hunt for the perfect unmasking (or at least close to perfect) is still going on. So, what would it need to produce it?
1)A sexy and strong(secured) mask that really hides the secret identity: 95% of the videos I’ve seen don’t have that! They often have crappy eye-masks…they doesn’t hide anything, are unsexy (most of the time) and every child could pull it off easily. That is no fun for me!
For example: The batgirl mask in the “Birds of Prey” TV-series (can be found on the left side): It’s one of the better ones….it’s sexy, could (perhaps) even hide her secret identity. But Lady Shiva grabs it and pulls it off easily without problems. That is sooo lame! It’s a sexy scene, but could be so much better… Batgirl’s mask should give her safety and security…. Fail!
So, what is a great, perhaps perfect example for a safe and sexy mask? Batman’s mask! It hides the identity really well, is secured to his suit and it’s sexy too. (Especially the rubber version from Tim Burton Batman movies). Nobody could grab it and pull that one off without having some serious problems. Of course I know that those masks costs many bucks, but it’s a required investment in my eyes. The famous Batgirl mask from ReevzFX would be a solid (cheaper) choice. That one has at least a chin strap in comparison to the “Birds of Prey” version. And would prevent a swift “pull off” unmasking.
2)A hot woman/actress that actually can act (at least a little): The woman behind the mask needs to act in a proper way, when she is in danger of being unmasked, because that should be her greatest fear as a superheroine! When she is under the (right) mask, you only see her eyes and her mouth. She needs to deliver her emotions, that you believe it would be the worst thing for her…to be unmasked. When I watch many of these cheaply produced (but expensively sold) superheroine-clips…. I don’t know if I should start crying or laughing (or both) when the unmasking happens on the screen. That kills the whole atmosphere! It seems that some breast implants are the only needed qualification for a role in a flick for some producers.
3) A great unmasking fight/struggle: Ok, we have the first two points, the basic requirements for my perfect unmasking. Now to the toughest point! To get a great unmasking the heroine must be able to fight! If she is bound or even worse…unconcious, it’s not really sexy for me! And the struggle should take several minutes not seconds. The unmasker should need several attacks on the mask. WIth every try…the mask gets damaged a little more. For that you need a flexible, but strong material of course (therefore the rubber batman mask). The unmasker should stretch the material, ripping it, the heroine is fighting back of course. She kicks his ass several times, tries to finish him off, she is tough, strong and aggressive. But the unmasker isn’t a simple street thug, he knows what he is doing…. and the final unmasking due to the total destruction of the mask would be the dramatic climax. 😉
During the struggle they should exchange some lines about it. Like: Who is hiding behind the mask? Who are you really? Let us find out who the mighty Batgirl (or whoever) is? And the classics: “No! Don’t do it!” would be great as well. And she would express that she would kick his ass to save her secret identity…. (And the unmasker might be a woman as well)
Perhaps I will write a little story with Batgirl or Catwoman about it. I’m not really good at writing, but perhaps I’ll give it a try….
Now, enough written, time for some pictures… some guys helped me to get some cool picture-manipulations done, with favorite actresses of mine under the Batman mask that I would prefer. Two of the best pics they made for me are these:
P.S.: Of course the rest of the outfit except the mask is really important as well. For me a (more or less professional made) suit would be great! Such as the one in Birds of Prey, or in some of the great cosplays by fans.
How would your favorite unmasking look like? Feel free to share your thoughts about it!
Today it’s time for the Black Scorpion TV-series for her debut here @ the Maskripper. Michelle Lintel was chosen to play the Black Scorpion and her other “half” Darcy Walker, the police detective. There are very, very few TV-series with masked women so this series is an absolute MUST-SEE for anyone interested in superheroines and masked women in general. Here some pictures of Black Scorpion…
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The series is a little to cheezy for my taste, but it has the Black Scorpion!! Great stuff…
If someone will ever make a “realistic” non-comedy TV-series with a masked superheroine…. I will have to worship him/her forever. 😉
Ok, after two unmasking attempts, captain Grisham has one final opportunity. With the lack of oxygen, the queen of swords is blacking out! Will he take advantage of the situation and unmask her while she is unconscious?
Oh man, he is a moron…without luck. 😉
But what an episode! 3 unmasking attempts in one tv-episode….Great work! 🙂
Another issue of “Masks off”! This time Catwoman sneaks into a warehouse to steal some jewels. But it’s a TRAP! Gas fills the room…she wakes up…blinded by a lightflash. Someone is taking pictures of her….unmasked!
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Great stuff, but would have been even better with her awake during the unmasking (and it should have been shown).
From the really great “Batman – Terror” story that was published in the Legends of the Dark Knight.
Hey folks, just wanna share some of my thoughts on the Catwoman in TDKR (The Dark Knight rises). Maybe a little late, but hell, my blog is only 2 days old…
Well, it’s damn…..sexy, that’s for sure! 🙂
And Anne Hathaway looks really stunning in it…
The suit itself seems like a realistic (useable?) outfit for a burglar as catwoman, but…
let’s start at the buttom: The killer overknee-boots are really…unrealistic². Not a good choice for an agile, sneaky burglar. Open, long hair? Well, looks certainly good, but a big weak point in combat, or? And the worst part: The MASK! Damn, I hate these eye masks! It’s not a crappy eye mask like the thousands used in all the crappy superheroines clips (99%) that are floating around in the internet.
1) Masks should create a secret identity!
Eye masks simply don’t provide that…good, Anne Hathaway’s mask covers at least parts of her nose, but nonetheless nearly everybody could ID her without problems.
2) Masks should be sexy!
With her mask there is no sexy mystery…you simply see too much. With a sexy cowl/mask (like the one from Jim Balent’s Catwoman or this one) she could have that sexy secret. And you could perform a nice unmasking struggle/fight 😉
Christopher Nolan always pronounced how important realism is for him.
So he erased Catwoman’s whip… 🙁 He deleted her claws…. 🙁 He didn’t want her to have a classic cat mask with the iconic cat-ears, his idea was that such cat ears would be unrealistic…..? Instead the costume department added these night goggles that look like the cat ears when they are on top of her head. Well I tink the night goggles are of course a useful gadget for a burglar as her, but she could easily have that feature in her cowl/mask.
Next he added these sexy boots with high heels, her open hair, her tiny mask….well, what happened to your drive for realism Mr. Nolan?
No whip, no claws, not cat mask…… but these “practical” burglar boots, open hair and a tiny useless mask…. weird!
<–Here is a catwoman outfit I found on the net. It has a real mask with the cat ears. It covers the face much better (should be enough).
It is much more “realistic”. It has “normal” boots, a useable suit, the whip and maybe even the claws (?). With the right materials and the right actress in it would be sexy as well.
In my opinion a far more fitting costume as the one Mr. Nolan approved.
What do you folks think about it? Feel free to comment the hell out of this post…
*Edit*: But besides that I love Nolans batman movies. Great suff!