The Batman’s Zoë Kravitz Explains What Makes Her Catwoman Different

The Batman’s Zoë Kravitz Explains What Makes Her Catwoman Different

Zoë Kravitz, who plays Catwoman in The Batman, explains how director Matt Reeves crafted a different version of the character than past iterations.

Zoë Kravitz, who plays Catwoman in The Batman, explains what makes her take on the character different from previous iterations. After numerous delays due to COVID-19, The Batman has finally been released in theaters. The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who is best known for directing films like Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes. It stars Robert Pattinson in the titular role.

The Batman is different from previous live-action incarnations of the Caped Crusader, focusing more on Batman as a detective, albeit a tortured and more vulnerable one. In addition to Batman, a number of other familiar characters are also featured in the film, including Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman. Last seen in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (played by Anne Hathaway), Kravitz takes up the role this time around, giving audiences a more cunning and more deeply explored version of the character than ever before. Many fans have already noticed that this new version of Catwoman also seems to be bisexual, marking a first for the character.


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In a new interview as part of EW’s “Around the Table” series, Kravitz goes into detail regarding how this new take on Catwoman is different from past portrayals. Kravitz explains that Reeves, who also co-wrote the script for The Batman, went into more detail regarding why the character is the way she is and explored Kyle’s psyche in new and exciting ways. Check out Kravitz’s full comment below:

“I don’t think we’ve ever had an opportunity to really understand who Selina is and where she comes from and why she is the way she is. I think, often times, in these kinds of films, the female characters are one-dimensional or kind of there to serve sex appeal. And I was really impressed and excited by what Matt had written in the script, seeing a tortured person who’s really trying to liberate herself from a lot of trauma. Even the idea of understanding her connection with these cats, her feeling like a stray herself, and taking in these strays, it’s really exciting.”

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Kravitz’s comments highlight a theme within The Batman that is also seen with Bruce Wayne as well. Both Wayne and Kyle are carrying trauma with them, in one form or another, and both are who they are and do what they do because of that trauma. It is these thematic connections that are perhaps part of the reason why so many critics are praising the Kravitz and Pattinson dynamic in the film and what makes the bond between the characters seem even stronger than in past movies.

Aside from maybe Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman in Batman Returns, no iteration of Catwoman on the big screen has ever really seemed to strike a chord with audiences. On the back of Reeves’ script and a strong performance from Kravitz, The Batman appears to have finally given viewers a worthy depiction of the character. With the film already performing well at the box office and with talk of sequels and spinoffs underway, it’s likely that audiences haven’t seen the last of Kravitz’s Selina Kyle. If Catwoman does get her own spinoff show or appear in a sequel to The Batman, it’s reassuring to know that Reeves and Kravitz are determined to deliver a three-dimensional and emotionally complex version of the character.

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Source: EW

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