Below is a mix of online items about Zoe Kravitz’s playing Catwoman. The line in red helps me understand the difference between this kind of case and Ebenezer Scrooge: I love the idea of a black James Bond. I figure the name is more a title than a name, so anyone can play the role. This could also help explain why Miles Morales was easily received as Spider-Man.
In a role nearly as coveted at the Caped Crusader itself, Batman fans have been waiting to find out who would be cast to play Catwoman in the upcoming The Batman, with Zoe Kravitz having officially secured the role. The actress is no stranger to starring in massive franchises, having previously secured roles in Mad Max: Fury Road and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, while already having a comic book pedigree after starring in X-Men: First Class and voicing Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. More recently, the actress earned acclaim for her role in the HBO series Big Little Lies.
Kravitz has big shoes to fill, with Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal of the character in Batman Returns being considered by many to be one of the best performances in any comic book film, with Anne Hathaway also having played Selina Kyle in The Dark Knights Rises. Halle Berry also played the villain in the solo Catwoman, which became a disappointment to both audiences and critics.
Scroll down to see what fans are saying about Kravtiz joining The Batman!
October 14, 2019
zoë kravitz went from being considered “too urban” for a role in nolan’s batman, to getting the role of catwoman. that’s justice!
Zoe Kravitz IS Selina Kyle. The Catwoman. We are so blessed.
ZOE KRAVITZ IS GONNA BE CATWOMAN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! WHAT A WIN!
Zoë Kravitz really went from playing Catwoman in The LEGO Batman Movie to playing Catwoman in The Batman, huh?
ZOE KRAVITZ has reportedly been cast as Catwoman in Matt Reeves ‘THE BATMAN’ Yeah, I’m so here for this
zoë kravitz as selina kyle and robert pattinson as bruce wayne. we won. we really won.
Comic book movies are everywhere, but there are a few superheroes that stand out as fan favorites. Batman is one of the most beloved characters of all time, and has therefore been adapted for the screen a variety of times. Next up is Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which will introduce a new cast of actors to occupy Gotham City. Joining Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne is Big Little Lies actress Zoe Kravitz, who will be playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the highly anticipated blockbuster. Kravitz is the latest in a long line of iconic Catwomen, and recently spoke to the warm reception she received from her colleagues.
Catwoman has a fascinating love/hate relationship with Batman on the comics, and that dynamic has been adapted for the silver screen a variety of times throughout the years. Zoe Kravitz has been proceeded by the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway, and Halle Berry (although the Catwoman movie left much to be desired). Kravitz revealed how her predecessors made her feel welcome in the role. In her words,
I spoke to Michelle. We sat at the same table at the Golden Globes, and I’ve met her a bunch over the years because of David E. Kelley. She’d always been so nice. I had just gotten cast so I was really nervous to be around her, and she was so sweet. She just gave me a big hug and said, ‘You’re going to be great.’ That was really just amazing. Both Halle and Anne [Hathaway] were really sweet on Instagram and Twitter. [They] sent really sweet, encouraging messages when that was announced. So I feel supported by my girls.
It looks like Catwoman actresses travel in packs. Because while each star brought something unique to their version of Catwoman, the most recent three Selina Kyle actresses have put their support behind Zoe Kravitz. We’ll just have to wait and see what the Mad Max: Fury Road star brings to the character once The Batman finally hits theaters.
Zoe Kravitz’ comments to Variety should make longtime Batman fans happy, especially those who were enamored with the most recent versions of Catwoman. While there’s no telling what Matt Reeves and Zoe Kravitz have in store for Selina Kyle in The Batman, her predecessors seem to have full faith in her abilities. And considering how iconic those previous performances were, that’s saying something.
Michelle Pfeiffer is arguably the most iconic version of Catwoman, playing Selina Kyle with vulnerability and seductiveness in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. Meanwhile, Anne Hathatway’s Catwoman appeared in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises as a more realistic thief and eventual ally. Finally, Halle Berry played the title character of Catwoman, to somewhat disastrous results. But all three stars are eager to see what Zoe Kravitz brings to the table alongside as the rest of Matt Reeves’ stellar The Batman cast.
The Batman is currently expected to arrive in theaters on October 1st, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Rob Swanson, Publisher at Prevail Press (2006-present)
Answered October 15, 2019
Originally Answered: How do you feel about Zoe Kravitz portraying Cat Woman?
Remember Eartha Kitt from the Batman series? While Merriweather will always be my favorite, Eartha rocked it.
Zoe looks likes she in shape, and so much of the role is athleticism that she should be fine. I haven’t seen her in anything, but it works for me.
I admit to struggling a bit when a major character is recast for diversity points, but minor roles? Have at it. If she can make Catwoman a major role, like Michelle Pfeiffer did, more power to her.
I love the idea of a black James Bond. I figure the name is more a title than a name, so anyone can play the role, even a woman, and it would be a fun addition to the lore.