Actress Zoë Kravitz has landed the role of Selina Kyle – the Catwoman – an anti-heroine character in movie The Batman. Post Ben Affleck’s exit from the title role, the movie will now introduce Twilight-famed actor Robert Pattinson in the lead role .
Prior to landing the role of cat-burglar known for carrying a whip and an occasional love interest of the dark knight, Kravitz has given her voice to the character of Catwoman in The LEGO Batman Movie, which was released in 2017.
This is not the first time Kravitz will be playing an anti-heroine or a comic-based role in a movie. She has earlier portrayed the character of Angel Salvadore, a mutant in X-Men: First Class.
Following the news, Jason Mamoa, the step-dad of Zoë Kravitz, posted a heart-felt post on Instagram, saying he was “so freaking stoked” upon hearing the news. Mamoa is currently portraying the role of Aquaman in DC Universe and is also known for the role of Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.
The 30-year-old daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet has also portrayed iconic roles in various movies like Big Little Lies, Divergent, Fantastic Beasts, and Mad Max: Fury Road.
The casting of ZoëKravitz as the iconic cat-burglar has left many fans psyched as she officially becomes the part of the DC Universe. Kravitz was previously denied the chance to even audition for the character of the Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises because she was too “urban”.
In response to the instance, Divergent-star said that the reason she was not even provided with the chance to audition for the role is because the officials were not “going urban”.
She even took a jab at the reason as she said that by the term it appeared that she had to portray the role as “Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on wit chu?”
Although ZoëKravitz did not mention the name of the person who refrained from giving her the chance to audition, such an incident might indicate racial discrimination. The key reason for such a speculation is that the term is often used as a euphemism for race.
However, her casting in The Batman has certainly put her in the esteemed league of actresses, who have played the role. Before ZoëKravitz, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Anne Hathaway have adorned the black cat ears.
The role of Commissioner Gordon will be played by Jeffrey Wright. The Batman is expected to hit theaters by June end in 2021.