August 18, 2019

'Gotham': What to Read Over the Holiday Hiatus

Gotham might be off the air until Jan. 5, but devotees of the Fox series don’t have to find themselves bereft of James Gordon, Renee Montoya or Selina Kyle until then. With more than 75 years of Batman comic book material to draw on, The Hollywood Reporter has come up with a list of recommended reading for you to spend the next few weeks digging through, with enough Falcone crime family and GCPD drama to tide you over until the new year.

Batman: Earth One

In many ways the motherlode when it comes to inspiration for the show, Batman: Earth One not only features a badass Alfred Pennyworth that Sean Pertwee would be proud of, but it also centers around the growing friendship between Jim Gordon, newly arrived in Gotham City, and Harvey Bullock, who settled into corrupt, slovenly ways some time ago. As the title suggests, Batman is in here as well, but otherwise this is pretty close to Gotham as you see it on a weekly basis.

Available in digital and print format.

Batman: The Long Halloween

For those who enjoy the crime family element of the series, this year-long story (written by Jeph Loeb, current head of Marvel Studios’ TV division) should be a destination. It takes place early in Batman’s career, when the Dark Knight works with Gordon and a pre-Two-Face Harvey Dent to prevent a crime war between the Maroni and Falcone families. Featuring a who’s-who of Bat bad guys — including Scarecrow, Poison Ivy and the Joker — this might offer some closure if you’ve been waiting for all-out crime family showdown on the show.

Available in digital and print format; also available as Batman: The Long Halloween Nos. 1-13 digitally.

Gotham Central Book 1: In the Line of Duty

If the police procedural aspect of the show is what turns your crank, then the entire Gotham Central series is a must for you, starting with In the Line of Duty. The series centers around two shifts in the Gotham City Police Department, with the show’s Bullock, Montoya and Allen playing substantial roles as the cops — nowhere near as corrupt as the ones in the show — and dealing with cases from the everyday to the super-powered. Think Law & Order but with costumed perps, and you’re halfway there. It’s a wonderful series, and highly recommended.

Available in digital and print format; also available as Gotham Central Nos. 1-10 digitally.

Catwoman Vol. 2: No Easy Way Down

While the childhood of Selina Kyle is one that’s been left relatively unexplored in the comic books, this collection of Ed Brubaker’s career-defining run on the character offers up enough drama to fulfill the expectations of any Selina fan from the show. As another plus, this collection sees her up against Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask, from the show’s “The Mask” episode.

Available in digital and print format; also available as Catwoman (2002-2008) Nos. 10-24 and Catwoman Secret Files No. 1 digitally.

Gotham Academy

A wild card choice, this current comic series is a young adult-focused, set in a prep school (partly funded by Bruce Wayne) that centers on a group of students and their potentially haunted surroundings. Beyond just being a good read, what might make this worthwhile for Gotham fans is the fact that the series is increasingly delving into the background of the Cobblepot family, suggesting that they have roots that go back to the very beginning of Gotham City itself. Who knew that Oswald’s family had such social standing…?

Available in digital and print format.

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'Gotham': What to Read Over the Holiday Hiatus

Patrice Wymore Flynn dies at 87; actress and widow of Errol Flynn

The Kansas-born actress began her theatrical career in musicals, making her Broadway debut in 1948 in the production “Hold It!” She was soon signed by Warner Bros. as a starlet and headed to Hollywood.

In the early 1950s, she appeared in Doris Day musicals such as “Tea for Two,” “Starlift” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” and had supporting roles in “The Big Trees” starring Kirk Douglas and Randolph Scott’s Western “The Man Behind the Gun.”

She played a co-ed named “Poison” Ivy Williams in the Ronald Reagan-Virginia Mayo comedy “She’s Working Her Way Through College” (1952). In 1960, she played Frank Sinatra’s girlfriend in the original version of “Ocean’s 11.”

She met her future husband when she was cast as the female lead in the 1950 Western “Rocky Mountain.” When they began filming near Gallup, N.M., the young actress knew little of the handsome Flynn, then an established 41-year-old star known for his roles in “Captain Blood” (1935) and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938). He had been married twice before and was trailed by a reputation as a womanizing alcoholic. In the early 1940s, he was tried for statutory rape in a high-profile legal proceeding and eventually was acquitted.

After Ms. Wymore wed Flynn in 1950, they spent much of their nine-year marriage in Jamaica’s Portland parish, where the actor had a scenic coastal property.

Mrs. Wymore Flynn often described Jamaica as the couple’s retreat from the pressures of Hollywood. She told the New York Times in 2003, “The studio image of Errol was one thing, and he fought with it constantly. He was actually shy, a gentleman. He was a fireside-and-slippers man.”

About his heavy drinking and drug usage, she told the Times, “I never saw Errol in over his head.”

After Flynn’s death of a heart attack in 1959, the young widow briefly revived her acting career after giving it up for a few years when she and Flynn had a daughter, Arnella. Mrs. Wymore Flynn returned to Jamaica permanently in 1967, where she devoted herself to building a wicker-furniture business and raising cattle, once winning the Champion Farmer of Jamaica title.

She said she was looking for a “more enduringly satisfactory way of life” for her and Arnella, who became a model and died after an apparent drug overdose in 1998. “I always wanted to own a cattle farm when I was finished with my career. I just had no idea it would be in Jamaica.”

Mrs. Wymore Flynn, who never remarried, is survived by a grandson, Luke Flynn, an actor and model who bears a strong resemblance to his famous grandfather.

In his autobiography, “My Wicked, Wicked Ways,” Errol Flynn described his wife as an “attractive, warm and wholesome” woman who “could cook Indian curry” and dance and sing. He also wrote: “Nobody ever tried harder than Pat to make me happy.”

Mrs. Wymore Flynn told the London Daily Telegraph years later that she and her husband were frequent lunch and dinner hosts to entertainment industry figures such as Noel Coward and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli.

She recalled of her husband, “He had a wonderful talent for saying at 10 a.m., ‘Darling, we’ve got 20 people coming for lunch. There were no supermarkets in those days, but someone would always bring over a suckling pig, and someone else some fish.” She would play the grand piano as her husband looked on in admiration.

“Errol loved music, but he couldn’t play the piano or carry a tune vocally,” she said.

— From staff and wire reports

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Patrice Wymore Flynn dies at 87; actress and widow of Errol Flynn

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