The Batman has found its Catwoman, a.k.a. Selina Kyle, and it couldn’t be more perfect casting with uber It-girl Zoë Kravitz landing the role. According to Variety, it came down to Joker and Atlanta‘s Zazie Beetz, Baby Driver‘s Eiza Gonzalez, Tomb Raider‘s Alicia Vikander and, of course, Kravitz. There were some concerns about how the Big Little Lies star would balance The Batman with Fantastic Beasts but apparently not enough to deny her the role. Kravitz joins Robert Pattinson, who was revealed to have scored the title role earlier this year, Jeffrey Wright who will take on Commissioner Gordon, and Jonah Hill who is rumoured to be the villain in the flick though nothing has been confirmed.
Kravitz has a resume that proves she’s ready to sink her teeth into the role. Aside from Big Little Lies and the Fantastic Beasts franchise, she’s also appeared in Mad Max Fury Road, the Divergent movies and X-Men: First Class. But her voice work as Catwoman in The Lego Batman Movie may have been the edge she needed to win her the role. Or perhaps the casting department remembered her goth look from this year’s Met Gala and figured if she could rock a dress like that, a catsuit would be perfectly on-brand.
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Kravitz has some pretty big paw prints to follow. On the 1960’s TV series, there was Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt. Several decades later, Cameron Bicondova played her on Gotham. On the big screen, Michelle Pfeiffer clawed her way into our hearts in 1992’s Batman Returns, Anne Hathaway got frisky 20 years later in The Dark Knight Rises, but perhaps it was Halle Berry who made the character most famous as she starred in the only standalone film that centred on the feline villain. Catwoman, which hit theatres in the summer of 2004, was considered a flop, earning just $82 million worldwide against a $100 million budget. Despite winning its share of Raspberry Awards, Catwoman still managed to be the highest-grossing female-led superhero movie until Wonder Woman trounced it in 2017.
Kravitz has been getting all kinds of love and support since the news was announced. Her stepdad, Jason Momoa (who also happens to be in the DC family as its current Aquaman) congratulated Zoë and pitched a crossover for their characters. Because, obviously.
Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, gave her a seal of approval in the comments and Nicole Kidman only had loving things to say about her Big Little Lies co-star nabbing the role when chatting with Variety.
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The Batman is scheduled to hit theatres June 25, 2021.