The Batman star Zoe Kravitz reveals she’s received support from all of the other actresses who have played Catwoman as she prepares for her role.
Actress Zoe Kravitz, who is set to put her own spin on the iconic Catwoman role in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film, says that she has received an outpouring of support from actresses who have formerly taken on the role. Kravitz joins a slew of talented actresses to have played the legendary comic book character, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway. Kravitz will star opposite Robert Pattinson as Batman in the DC Extended Universe movie, which is still slated for release in October 2021 despite pandemic-related production delays.
The story will pick up with Bruce Wayne in his second year as the caped vigilante, although not much else about the plot has been shared with fans. Reeves has yet to unveil details about Catwoman’s character in the film, but Kravitz has revealed that she underwent a “grueling” training process for the role, so plenty of thrilling action sequences are to be expected. Additionally, she also went so far as to call the script “phenomenal,” making fans eager to learn more about her highly anticipated turn as Catwoman. And it’s not just fans excited to see Kravitz; her Catwoman predecessors are interested as well.
In her appearance on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Kravitz seemed confident about her performance in the film—especially because of the expert advice that she received. When asked if she had spoken to either Pfeiffer or Berry (who both played Catwoman in Batman Returns and Catwoman, respectively), Kravitz revealed that she was actually able to speak to Pfeiffer about the role in person. “We sat at the same table at the Golden Globes,” she told Horowitz. “She was so sweet. She just gave me a big hug and said, ‘You’re going to be great.’” As for Berry and Hathaway (who also starred as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises), Kravitz said that they both sent “really sweet, encouraging messages when [it] was announced. So I feel supported by my girls.”
The previous Catwoman actresses offering their support for Kravitz has parallels to Ben Affleck and Christian Bale’s words of encouragement to Pattinson. In the past, Affleck’s said he thinks Pattinson will be a great Batman, and Bale told Pattinson to ignore those who criticized his casting. It’s nice to see the past iterations rally around their successors; they all understand these characters are bigger than any one actor and they’re interested in seeing their onscreen legacies continue. Of course, it’d be highly unlikely for any former Batman or Catwoman to be critical of a casting choice in the new movie, but knowing that Kravitz and Pattinson have the backing of those who came before them should give fans some peace of mind. The likes of Pfeiffer, Hathaway, Affleck, and Bale all know what it’s like to play these characters, so if they’re excited about what’s in store, that has to count for something.
Although Kravitz likely would have fared well without her fellow actress’ advice, it’s clear that it helped to boost her morale and give her even more confidence to take on such a legendary character in The Batman. It will be very fascinating to see what she does with the role and how it differentiates from previous versions. That’ll be a tough task, especially considering how iconic some of the earlier takes on Catwoman were, but someone as talented as Kravitz should be up for the challenge. Hopefully The Batman can resume production soon, and fans get a look at her in action.
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