If you’re not up to date on all things Gotham, then you may have missed the news that the latest Catwoman has been cast. Zoe Kravitz will take over the role of the feline villain, a.k.a. Selina Kyle, in the upcoming reboot The Batman, and another actor who once held the role is passing down a tip.
Michelle Pfeiffer was on Good Morning America on Wednesday promoting Maleficient: Mistress of Evil, and co-host Michael Strahan brought up Kravitz’s casting. The Cool Rider herself gushed about the news and said she was “so excited” about it. Then Strahan asked Pfeiffer if she had any advice for the young star, probably expecting some words of wisdom that Kravitz could really sink her claws into. But the Dangerous Minds star had a more practical suggestion:
“Make sure whilst designing the costume they consider how you’re going to go to the bathroom,” Pfeiffer said, much to Strahan’s shock and the audience’s delight. “Minor detail. Minor detail. But it’s an important one.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 15, 2019
And Pfeiffer should know. For the 25th anniversary of Batman Returns, she spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the painstaking (maybe a little painful) process of putting on the catsuit.
“It was the most uncomfortable costume I’ve ever been in,” she told THR in 2017. “They had to powder me down, help me inside and then vacuum-pack the suit. They’d paint it with a silicon-based finish to give it its trademark shine. I had those claws, and I was always catching them in things. The face mask was smashing my face and choking me … we had a lot of bugs to work out.”
What bugs, you ask? “Originally, they didn’t leave me a way to use the restroom in the suit, so that also had to be remedied as well.” And if Michelle’s words of wisdom from a seasoned vet, one who lived through that wild experience, isn’t the best advice Zoe could’ve gotten, then we don’t know what is.
In more Batman news, it appears as though Jonah Hill will not be taking part in the reboot after all. Deadline reports that he was eyeing one of the villain roles — either the Riddler or Penguin — but “talks broke down” and Warner Bros. has already moved on to other actors. Deadline adds that Seth Rogen could now be up for Penguin, but there’s nothing official on that front, just rumours from production.
Kravitz joins Robert Pattinson, who plays the title character/Bruce Wayne, as well as Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. The Batman is set for a June 2021 release.