Story by: Rich Fogel Written by: Hilary J Bader Directed by: Hiroyuki Aoyama
Calendar Girl – “No one is allowed to see my face! No one!”
GOTHAM IS A...
...pretty creepy place to live.If it’s not one nut job trying to ruin your day with plans for revenge, then it’s another whacko with their sights set on mayhem.For Calendar Girl the villainess from Mean Seasons, revenge was clearly her motivation for getting out of bed, sticking a mask over her face and hunting down all the people who did her wrong over the years.Thing is, Calendar Girl should have known better, because in Gotham she’s just one of many on a long list of villains who would cross Batman’s path.Thankfully although she clearly had ‘one time villain only’ written all over her, she was a damn fine entry into the rogues gallery.
With jet black hair, a white facemask and blackened eyes, Calendar Girl looked like Michael Myers’ dream date, and behind the spook mask hid an equally tortured soul.However the reason for Calendar Girl’s choice of face wear was to hide what she believed was a hideous complexion that had been robbed of all its beauty thanks to the onset of age.Former model Page Monroe had fallen victim to the accursed predicament everyone finds themselves battling; the passage of time.Work had dried up and new, younger models were taking her place, meaning she felt as if she were on the scrap heap.Over the years she faded from the spotlight and rumours had surfaced that she had undergone numerous cosmetic surgery procedures, which had left her looking a shadow of her former self.Emotionally scarred Monroe became Calendar Girl and set out to exact revenge on those who she felt had let her down because she was no longer the ‘in thing’.
The reason that the episode Mean Seasons worked so well when it could have fallen apart so easily was because of the strength of a character that at first glance seemed disposable.The quirky nature of her situation was something easily relatable to (ok maybe not the exacting revenge part), and it also helped that she was very striking in appearance.The simple use of a mask to create a blank canvas robbed her of weaknesses caused by facial expressions and paved the way for her to stand out amongst the crowd.At one point she even made an entrance by standing on top of a giant fan that was wheeled in as part of her kidnapping plot, making everyone’s eyes rest firmly on her.In order to be a successful Batman villain you need to be odd, a little freaky, but above all else you have to be flawed; and Calendar Girl was.The final moments of the episode revealed an extra layer to the former model’s problems, because as it turned out she wasn’t old and hideous behind the mask, in fact she looked beautiful.Sadly she could no longer see it and all the rumours that she had fallen foul of the surgeon’s knife had been just hearsay.The emotional problems she had been dealing with had gone much further than her appearance and for this reason she was truly a great Batman villain as she had moved past the point of being reasoned with.She may not have been up there with the likes of the Joker or Two-Face, but Calendar Girl earned her place thanks to her appearance in Mean Seasons and her inability to see her own beauty.
SEASONS GREETINGS: *Calendar girl only made one appearance in the Bruce Timm animated world.This was perhaps a good thing as characters such as The Clock King and Baby-Doll all suffered from weak follow up stories when they were given a second outing.
*Barry Bostwick, Tippi Hedren and Dennis Haysbert are amongst the cast, voicing Irv Kleinman, Donna Day and Barkley James, respectively.
*During the episode Batman and Batgirl find themselves up against a mechanical dinosaur as they search for Calendar Girl on a movie back lot.The dinosaur comes courtesy of Calendar Girl who comments, “Strange isn’t it.Dinosaurs have been dead for millions of years, yet they still get parts in movies.It hardly seems fair.”