It’s a great time to be a Batman villain. First, the Joker makes fortune at the box office while drumming up some nice Oscar buzz and now, Catwoman is gearing up to make her return to the big screen, as Zoë Kravitz has been cast to play the dark knight’s nemesis(ish) in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
Kravitz is probably best known for her role as Bonnie in HBO’s Big Little Lies but she’s also no stranger to blockbusters. She’s played Toast the Knowing in Mad Max: Fury Road and Leta Lestrange in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Technically, this isn’t even her first time playing Catwoman, as she previously voiced the role in The Lego Batman Movie.
The 30-year-old actress will be starring alongside Robert Pattinson, who was cast as the titular vigilante back in May. Jonah Hill has been attached to the film, with rumors suggesting that he is in talks to play the Riddler, while Jeffrey Wright is expected to play Commissioner Gordon.
Response online has been mostly positive but nobody seems more excited than Kravitz’s stepdad Jason Momoa, who currently plays Aquaman in the DCEU. Momoa posted on Instagram letting his stepdaughter know just how excited he was for her to be the next Catwoman.
Batman’s part-time enemy, part-time lover has a mixed track record when it comes to movies. While Michelle Pfeiffer delivered a legendary performance as Selina Kyle in Batman Returns, Halle Berry’s standalone Catwoman is widely considered a garbage fire of a movie. Will Kravitz’s performance go the way of Pfeiffer or Berry? Only time will tell but for now, we are excited for this new direction in the world of Batman cinema.
The Batman is expected to be released June 25, 2021.