POSTED SEPTEMBER 6, 2009
Seven Years Later, Laeta Kalogridis Talks Birds
On the Comic Book Resources forum for writer Gail Simone, Simone just did a short Q&A with Laeta Kalogridis, the woman who developed Birds of Prey for television many years ago.
The interview mostly talks about Wonder Woman, but here's what she had to say about Birds:
Loved the writing of the comic (J), loved the characters, was esp. enamored of the idea of pre-Crisis Earth 2 Helena Wayne, who I had always been fascinated by. Helena B. was just never as compelling to me. Even though the primary relationship in BoP comics was Dinah and Barbara, and I loved it, the potential for anger and edginess with Helena was too good to pass up. Dinah was always more of a well-adjusted gal to me (who else can pull off those fishnets???) and I thought I could have more fun with Helena and Barbara mixing it up.
That put us in the odd position of trying to figure out the best way to utilize Dinah’s character, and both the demographic of the then-WB, and the idea of exploring apprenticeship in this kind of life, led me to changing Dinah’s age (although we ultimately ended up using the mother-daughter tradition of canon, although we reworked it for the age we had made her.)
Also, “Killing Joke” was a seminal story for me, in that it asked questions about what heroism really was, and what it would mean to have been a hero and then be trapped in your own body in a way that made it impossible for you to live the same life you had before. For Barbara to then become responsible for a ward, in the form of Dinah, had great potential storytelling. Would she encourage Dinah to go in the same direction she had? Would she try to stop her? She was more than a mother, mentor, trainer, handler, all at once – and sending Dinah into situations where she might not survive on a regular basis. What did that do to her head?
In short, I loved those women. Still do. They deserved their own series.
I will say that since I was pushed off the project shortly after the pilot was shot (and I was unhappy with elements of the pilot as well,) I felt the direction the show took didn’t come close to the potential it had. I had some great writers on staff – they have since gone on to write on Heroes, Fringe, Lost, Dexter – one of them is the screenwriter of the Twilight series, all the films. They’ve changed out directors but not her!
I think my team could have made something exceptional, and I’m sorry that BoP didn’t live up to that for fans.
Read the entire interview at CBR here!
POSTED JUNE 18, 2008
Clock Tower Webmaster Craig's New Dark Knight Book Is Now Available!
this year, Gotham Clock Tower webmaster Craig Byrne had the opportunity
to work on his first non-Smallville book, and it is now
available to order!
Dark Knight: Featuring Production Art And Full Shooting Script
has all of the things that the title implies... not only does it
have a reproduction of the script and screenplay (story by Christopher
Nolan and David S. Goyer; script by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher
Nolan)... it's also full of behind-the-scenes production art and
stills from the recent Batman film, The Dark Knight.
text explaining what you're seeing is by Craig, who would be extremely
happy if you pre-ordered a copy! So, get your copy and let's
see it return to the top of the charts... and hopefully when you
receive yours you'll like what you see!
your copy of the Dark Knight book!
POSTED APRIL 4, 2008
Of Prey Now Available On DVD!
Birds of Prey: The
Complete Series is now available on DVD. Unfortunately, music is indeed replaced on this set, but it's still great to have the entire series in one package.
us and support the KryptonSite Network!
your BOP DVD today!
artwork has also been made available for this set. Take
a larger look!
POSTED JANUARY 18, 2008
Look: Smallville's Black Canary!
KryptonSite has your first look at Smallville's
Black Canary, as seen in the February 7 episode, "Siren."
Canary will be played by Alaina Huffman.
POSTED JUNE 15, 2005
The Series That Never Was
One of the top questions we'd get for a while there here
at K-Site was "When will we see Bruce Wayne/Batman on Smallville?"
What many fans never knew is that, before a Young Clark Kent series
hit the WB screens, and many years before Birds of Prey,
the network had plans to do a series involving the youth of another
popular DC Comics icon.
in with the June 15 release of the film Batman
Begins, we'll take a look back at the television series
that would have told its version of the story of how Batman begun.
to read our special spotlight!
POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2003
Birds of Prey is still cancelled, and it's definitely not
coming back, but it was finally time to start posting updates to
of course, was the short-lived Batman spin-off loosely based on
the DC Comic of the same time. Sadly, it didn't achieve the success
you hear of any news about the current whereabouts of the Birds
of Prey actors, we'll happily post those things. You're also
welcome to post on the new KryptonSite
Message Board about the Birds!
tuned for more Birds info, and of course we'll keep you updated
on the latest projects for Dina, Ashley, Rachel & co.
Guide Finally Up!
An episode guide for Birds of Prey
is finally posted here at Gotham Clock Tower!
here to read it!
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