Popular Batman Series Releases Audio Book
Cat-Tales, the popular metafiction series that reveals “the life between the panels” of Batman comics will release select stories as audio books.
Cat-Tales, the long-running metafiction series by Chris Dee, will release a collection of ten of the most popular short stories as audio books read by Tisch School graduate and Atlantic Theater alum Caroline Sharp. The first two short stories recorded: A Girl’s Gotta Protect Her Reputation and Fun and Games are from the Book 1 collection released in 2001.
In 2001, DC Comics canceled their Catwoman comic and relaunched it with a “reinvented” version of the character that kept the name but changed everything else beyond recognition. From Selina’s iconic purple costume to her supporting cast, her personality, intelligence, sophistication and lifestyle, her status as a world-class thief and the tone and content of her adventures, everything that drew fans to the character in the first place was gone. Fan author Chris Dee decided to vent her spleen for what she imagined would be a two chapter rant called A Girl’s Gotta Protect Her Reputation. The short, humorous piece characterized DC Comics as a tabloid called The Gotham Post and their “New Direction” as a series of falsified stories by an ambitious reporter using her name and celebrity to generate sales. The real Catwoman of Dee’s creation was fed up and took to the stage to call out the newspaper on its lies in a public forum: an off-Broadway stunt called Cat-Tales.
12 years later, the outcry is more relevant than ever as the fandom is more divided than ever. The phenomenon that spawned Cat-Tales has moved into the mainstream with Hollywood offerings like Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises delivering only the names of iconic figures like Superman, Batman and Catwoman while denying them the attributes many fans consider essential DNA of the characters. It’s therefore fitting that Reputation will be the first of ten selected tales to be released as an audio book, read by NYU Tisch School graduate and Atlantic Theater alum Caroline Sharp.
“Caroline is an ideal choice to read a Catwoman series,” says Dee. “From the first recording, it was clear she had an instinctive grasp of the life and joy that define Selina Kyle. This is a woman who likes her life, likes who she is. She isn’t in flight from it. And she’s not sexy because she’s wearing tight leather. She’s sexy because she’s more alive than other people. She That’s why men want her and women want to be her.”
“That’s what differentiates Cat-Tales from so many superhero offerings we see now,” reads the Book One Preface. “These are the Batman stories that make you feel good, because these are the characters you want to be.”
Cat-Tales is a fan fiction series which depicts a fascinating version of the Batman universe where the stories told in comic books are understood to be the lies and distortions of a tabloid called The Gotham Post. It is unaffiliated with Warner Brothers, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Legendary Pictures or… anyone really.
Caroline Sharp is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, studied with the renowned Atlantic Theater Company in both New York and Los Angeles and at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. NY, LA, and international theatre and film credits include Group: A Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Country Wife, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Teachers, Chicxulub, Top Girls, Dolly West’s Kitchen, The Sound of Music, Scrooge, Grand Hotel, and the comedy webseries The Majestic Theatre Co.
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