The 2008 Met Gala theme was “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy”. I remember loving it, though honestly all I can recall at the moment is Naomi Watts in Thierry Mugler and this fantastic photo shoot for Vogue by Craig McDean featuring wonder poser Coco Rocha dressed as various fashion warriors. Dig Coco as a Nici Ricci clad Poison Ivy and a perfect Catwoman in a Dolce & Gabbana molded corset, Swarovski crystal studded mask, and Christian Louboutin for Rodarte spiked heels that will SLAY ALL. Marvel at Coco as Gaultier’s Little Mermaid, the fiercest Batman in Rick Owens cashmere, and an angelic retro glam Dawnstar in Dior Haute Couture.
Yesterday Yvonne Craig died, and I’ve spent today reminiscing about how much I adored her when I was young. I loved Batgirl. Look at her! She’s the good girl’s Catwoman! She’s the Elizabeth to Jessica Wakefield! Oh my god! Elizabeth & Jessica should have dressed up like Batgirl & Catwoman! I’m regressing! Deep breath.
I was a huge fan of the original Batman series. So sparkly. So ridiculous. Such a paunchy Batman. Such stunning Catwomen. Such perfectly campy villains. Adding Yvonne Craig to the roster as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl was perfection. Better than Debra Winger as Drusilla/Wonder Girl? I don’t know! Don’t make me choose!
Craig was a talented dancer, and a staple of 1960s television – guest starring in epsidoes of iconic shows like Mod Squad, Star Trek, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. She most recently voiced the character of the Grandma on the Olivia animated series. She will be missed, and remembered well.
Hey remember last summer when we all took our middling interest in Anne Hathaway and cranked it up to an unhealthy level of obsession when she played Catwoman better and more perfect than anyone was expecting and then she won an Oscar for being frail, beautiful Fantine in Les Mis? And then she knew that over-exposure is the death of interest so she was all “SEE YA” and didn’t constantly appear in our faces for the next year and so we all got to live our lives again without ALWAYS thinking about her back-flipping out of a window in seamed thigh-highs and stilettos in front of Batman? And then remember how this summer it kept feeling like there was a void in your heart, like something vital had slipped out of your hands and you felt lost and alone and sad for no reason and then The Dark Knight Rises was suddenly on Netflix and you sobbed like a child because your heart was so full? Well, folks, I have amazing news! The second coming of The Hathaway is upon us! Again viewed through Christopher Nolan’s brunette obsessed eye, she appears before us, sharp of cheekbone, with skin white as snow, lips blood red, hair as dark as a raven, to stand next to our Lord McConaughey and show us the future of mankind. I’ll see you all at the cinema, where the screen will hear my confession, and I’ll say a little prayer, and sing a Hans Zimmer hymn. Am I over-exaggerating? Am I serious? Yes.
And if you want to tear up at the beauty of it all, here’s the final trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Intersellar
I am a huge Michael Keaton fan. In the 1980s & 1990s he bewitched us all with his charming spooky eyebrows as the perfect Dad-Mom, the perfect ghostest with the mostest, the perfect Batman (I love Bale, but he’s only almost perfect, Keaton IS Batman), and the perfect clone (FOUR Michael Keatons? Sign me up!) He also proved his acting abilities in dramas like Clean and Sober and Jackie Brown.
In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s upcoming film Birdman, Keaton plays a troubled actor who once played a hugely popular iconic superhero attempting to revive his career twenty years after his last successful film. The film presents Keaton as unstable and raging, crazed from a past he can’t escape or recreate. The trailer is both hilarious and heartbreaking. The film also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, and Andrea Riseborough. Early reviews are hinting that Keaton will be an important part of award season this year. I hope so! I think he’ll look great laughing with and cuddling Meryl Streep on a red carpet!
Mark Abrahams shoots Keaton in a moody, stylish spread for the September issue of L’Uomo Vogue, proving that, even after over 20 years have passed, Keaton has still got it. Such a dreamboat! Let’s lift him up & invite him to the Gary Oldman/Willem Dafoe man style party!