Earlier in the week, the internet was a buzz with recent Batman news. Zoë Kravitz—known for her work on HBO’s Big Little Lies and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald—has been selected as the latest actress to portray DC comics rogue Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
As the news hit on Tuesday, Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway—who portrayed Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s 2012 epic The Dark Knight Rises—took to her Instagram to congratulate the newest member of the Cat family.
“The biggest congrats to Zoë Kravitz on landing the role of a lifetime. Well, one life anyway…”
Then, on Friday afternoon, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry—who starred as the feline antihero in the 2004 film Catwoman—sent out her praise to Kravitz on Twitter.
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) October 17, 2019
“Special shout-out to your new #CatWoman, the eternally graceful & extremely bad ass Zoë Kravitz. Keep shining Queen & welcome to the family!”
In their respective films, Hathaway and Berry presented different adaptations of the sometimes villain/sometimes heroine DC comics character. Hathaway’s was a more grounded, revolution-curious cat burglar who rides the line of antagonist and ally to the Caped Crusader; a representation in line with the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale The Long Halloween comic book arc. Berry’s, on the other hand, featured a Selina Kyle that was murdered and mysteriously resurrected by a pack of cats. Berry’s version was void of Batman and Gotham City, creating a Catwoman-only universe.
While Hathaway’s performance was featured in one of the biggest blockbusters of 2012, Berry’s outing did not fare as well at the box office or with critics. Yet, given their film’s different fates, the two have solidified themselves as two of the best actresses in the industry. Additionally, the two will always be members of an elite band of actresses that includes the legendary Eartha Kitt and unforgettable Michelle Pfeiffer.
With the genes of her veteran thespian mother and cool rockstar father, Zoë Kravitz has all the necessary elements needed to portray Ms. Kyle. Moreover, her grim, emotional performance in Big Little Lies is proof that she can bring a multilayered interpretation of an already complex character. This writer is excited to see what Kravitz can bring in her performance as the next Catwoman in the DC universe.
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