It’s been an odd time for DC. While their New 52 experiment has gotten them a lot of non-nerd attention and sales, in the nerd world, the controversies about their females characters (Catwoman rapes Batman! Beloved Teen Titans character Starfire is now an emotionless fuck doll! Voodoo is a stright-up comic interpretation of what it’s like to go to a strip club and get a lap dance!) have threatened to overshadow the rest of it. So I find it kind of an odd decision that in the animated Catwoman short, included on the animated Batman: Year One movie DVD (out next week), they would choose to spend part of its short running time making sure Catwoman was 1) in a strip club, 2) on the stripper stage, and 3) with her leather body suit unzipped down to her public mound and her tits hanging out. Look, I love breasts as much as the next guy, and I recognize that Catwoman is beating up gangsters here, but it still seems more than the tiniest bit gratuitous, especially coming off the DCnU issues. I’m genuinely wondering if there’s a dictionary somewhere in the DC offices where there’s a typo in the definition of the word “empowered” that simply reads “slutty.” Because I think DC is seriously confusing the two words.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.