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The Diva's Interview with John Brancato

The Diva's interview with
John Brancato
One of the writers of
Catwoman (2004)

The Diva's Catwoman Movie review

 

Copyright Kamal Larsuel, 2004


Question:
Were you set on making a whole different universe for this character other than the Batman universe in comic book lore?

John Brancato:
I think that is probably what is most disturbed by the Batman comic book lovers - that catwoman has nothing to do with Selena Kyle and that was actually a decision made in the depths of corporate history before we got involved with it and at first it was weird, but after we got involved it made more sense. Because with Selena Kyle you will always have a character who is fundamentally tied to Batman and with all that comes with that. You’d have to explain who she was and who Batman was it and it becomes a story set in the Batman world and the Batman universe.


Question:
How did you pick the names of these characters.


John Brancato:
A lot of it is legal issues. We’ll use a name and then at the last minute legal will come and tell us, for instance, no there is a cosmetic company just like this. So it didn’t start off as “Hedare” it was something else. So then you try to find a loophole and you pick like 40 names and try to get one through and it’s a real mess.


Question:
There couldn’t be a real person named Patience.


John:
No, Patience, was a name we picked early on It was sort of a given that they wanted to call her that.


Question:
Did you do a lot of research?


John:
Oh yes, I went back and read up on her. Catwoman has multiple origins. In early comics, she was Queen of the prostitutes. I am not a huge comic book aficionado, but it was very interesting just seeing all the variants in the character. The way she was portrayed – sometimes she was good sometimes she was totally evil. The different costumes. There seemed like a lot of freedom there because she had so many different origins.


Question:
Are you hoping it does as well as the other comic book adaptations?


John:
Yes, I hope so. Laugh. I don’t when you write these things you don’t think about “What are we coming out against or what does the future hold for this”


Question:
In the future are you going to make adversaries for her that also have super human powers?


John:
Well, I hope there’s a future! (laughs) Yeah I think so. It’s funny when were first starting writing her, her powers didn’t seem so super natural or extreme. She had more human powers with some cat blood inside of her, but as we worked on her. We went in a new a direction and we would love to create some characters that are up to her level.


Question:
Are you and your partner working on Terminator 4 and 5?


John:
Well I don’t want to think about a Terminator 5 right now, but we are definitely working on Terminator 4 and it might come out in 18 months or two years – if everything goes right.


Question:
Can you talk about writing the Terminator story around his [Arnold Schwarzenegger’s] model? Knowing, at best, he’d only be available for a cameo.


John:
We did have to think about a new franchise character. He couldn’t carry the movies anymore. So that caused us to have, I think, a pretty novel approach about what the new terminator would be like. What directions would it go in. Again, they made me actually sign things that I would not leak. As much as I would like to brag about the script, I can’t really tell you.


Question:
What’s Westworld about?


John:
Westworld is a remake of kind of a classic movie that was written by Michael Crichton in the seventies.


Question:
The film with Yul Brenner?


John:
Yul Brenner in that part was a progenitor of The Terminator. You have this killer robot that can’t be stopped. It’s coming after you. It’s funny to see how The Terminator ripped off Westworld. It’s this crazy loop we’ve been working. This is imagining, basically think of super Vegas. Where you have wholly recreated worlds of the wild west, middle ages, ancient Rome, and outer space, sort off like separate environments, like crazy casinos with robots, who are performing all these extreme roles. It became this fun thing to play with and think about.


Question:


That was originally an Arnold project. Who is it going out to now?


John:
Nobody yet, we have to settle on the script and see what the studio wants to do with it.


Question:
Do you actually explore space and Rome at all?


John:
It’s in there. It’s in the script. Whether it gets dropped for budget. There are definitely travels through the different worlds.


Question:
Back to T4, are Nick Stahl and Claire Danes resigned for the sequel?


John:
I think they’re committed to have a part, if that’s something they [the studio] want to do. When they signed for T3 they had to be available for T4.


Question:
Talk about creating a new franchise character for Terminator 4.


John:
To have a…I can’t talk about this. I’m sorry, I’d love to tell you but I can’t.


Question:
It won’t leave the room…


John:
Sure, you guys are my friends. You’re on my side. (Laughs)


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