Zoë Kravitz says The Batman will serve as an origin story for Selina Kyle as Catwoman in her early days of toeing the line between criminal and hero. Kravitz is set to star in the reboot of the Batman film franchise alongside Robert Pattinson in the titular role, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Gotham Police Commissioner, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot before properly becoming the Penguin. Planet of the Apes alum Matt Reeves is directing The Batman from a script he penned with Peter Craig.
The Batman is set in the Dark Knight’s second year of fighting crime as Bruce Wayne uncovers a deep web of corruption in Gotham City with seeming ties to his own family. However, he finds his investigation hampered by the rise of The Riddler, a serial killer targeting the city’s elite and leaving cryptic messages for Wayne to solve, requiring Batman to form new allies to bring him to justice. The Batman sees Reeves pulling from the iconic comic book storylines Year One, The Long Halloween and Ego to explore the early days of the character and better highlight his notoriety as the World’s Greatest Detective in the DC world.
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine for the film, Kravitz opened up about her role as Catwoman in The Batman. The actress described the movie as being an origin story for her character as she begins “figuring out who she is” in the morally gray world of Gotham City. See what Kravitz said below:
“This is an origin story for Selina. So, it’s the beginning of her figuring out who she is, beyond just someone trying to survive. I think there’s a lot of space to grow and I think we are watching her become what I’m sure will be the femme fatale.”
Trailers for The Batman have certainly offered exciting looks at Catwoman’s role in the reboot, namely her complicated relationship with the titular hero. With the official synopsis for the film pointing towards his needing new allies to face off against the Riddler, Kravitz’s Selina Kyle does look to be walking the fine line between a ruthless cat burglar and someone willing to do the right thing. Throughout her various appearances on screen and in the comics, Catwoman is best known as something of an antiheroine, occasionally acting as an actual antagonist to the Dark Knight, though generally serving as more of a love interest.
With The Batman, Kravitz becomes the fifth actress to bring the role of Catwoman to life in film, though interestingly is the first to have originated in the animated world before moving to live-action, having voiced Catwoman in The LEGO Batman Movie. While much attention and anticipation is being directed towards Robert Pattinson’s Batman in the film, audiences are certainly intrigued to see how Kravitz holds up against past live-action portrayals of the character, namely that of Michelle Pfeiffer’s fan-favorite in Batman Returns. Only time will tell when The Batman hits theaters on March 4, 2022.
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Author: Grant Hermanns