Superheroes are great, but don’t you think that the villains* seem to have more fun, cooler clothes and really express themselves more?
Vocabulary reference notes throughout in green.
- The Villains: The Joker and CatWoman – vocabulary, quotes, evolution.
- Prepositions of movement and place. Stop-motion* Batman animation.
- Prepositions practice quiz! And the short movie the phrases came from, “Chase me”.
- Comprehension practice: Tedtalk -Hacker’s*, the internet’s immune system.
- Useful links and my references: My Superhero and Villain Pinterest album
- A puzzle: Wordsearch for… yes, sorry, you guessed it, SuperHeroes.
I find the Joker scary*, unpredictable and at the same time I feel sorry for* him because he has suffered something so horrible that he went crazy. His evolution through the films has been interesting. Which actor do you prefer as The Joker?
- Villain = a criminal, the bad person in the story.
- A stop-motion clip = an animated film made by moving the figures a small amount and then taking a photo, then repeating the process many many times.
- Hacker = a person who is able to access and manipulate unauthorised information etc via computers and the internet.
- scary = they made me feel afraid.
- to feel sorry for someone = you feel empathy for them and feel bad.
- immune to poison due to over-exposure to chemicals = poison can’t hurt him because his body has already has so much contact with it.
- venom = poison.
- death-rictus = the expression on the face of the dead person.
- grimace = looks like a smile but has no happiness.
- explosive whoopee cushions = seats which when you sit on them they make the sound of wind passing and are bombs.
- Acid squirting flowers = clown’s flowers which fire acid at people’s faces.
- Razor-sharp cards = playing cards which are extremely sharp and will cut you.
Is Catwoman a goodie* or a baddie*? She is my favourite of all. Which actress was your favourite CatWoman? Here are a few of her on screen* reincarnations. Which do you like best? Julie Newmar (the top left was the first love interest* of Batman). Halle Berry as Catwoman will always be my role model* for a woman over 40 looking brilliant!
- a goodie = a good person.
- a baddie = a bad person.
- on screen = on the television screen or movie screen.
- role model = a person with qualities you would like to emulate.
- Enduring Love interest = long lasting person of romantic interest.
- to toe the line = to comform/obey the rules.
- to move slickly and smoothly = to move extremely elegantly, silently and gracefully.
- cat burglar = person who steals silently from houses
- bullwhip and the cat of nine tails were long pieces of leather used for moving bulls, cows and animals and are quite cruel. She in the featured image.
- claws = the hard, sharp animal nails of a tiger or eagle.
Prepositions of movement and place
Watch this silly little stop-motion* video I made (my first) to see which prepositions I use. I must confess that Batman wasn’t an actor who was easy to work with! There are correct subtitles available in English and it is in HD.
Fill the gaps with the correct preposition! I’ll put the answers in next week’s article! Subscribe to make sure you don’t miss it.
A short animated Batman and CatWoman movie
All the preposition sentences for homework and their images came from this short animated story.
Hackers, the immune system of the internet?
Here is some great comprehension practice! This is a Tedtalk all about Hackers.. and whether they are a good thing or not. It makes me wonder if the future Superheroes will be Hackers? Or if they will provoke terrible things?
Here are my references and videos for this article in this Pinterest album.
And finally a puzzle!
A Superhero and villain wordsearch.
I hope you have enjoyed this week’s article, have learnt some new vocabulary, seen new language in context, revised some prepositions and practiced your reading and listening skills. The next thing for you to do is go out and start a conversation on who is the best super villain and why!
Can you guess which Villain I am? And tell me in the comments which villain you would like to be and why.!
Don’t forget to subscribe! The preposition exercise answers will be in the next article!
See you next week!