Big Little Lies star Zoe Kravitz has been tapped to play Catwoman, the antiheroine and sometime love interest of the Caped Crusader, in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman.
Kravitz will star opposite Robert Pattinson as Batman. Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer. No official start date has been set, although insiders tell Variety that filming could start in late 2019 or early 2020.
The Batman is scheduled to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. Read on to find out more about the exciting news that is set ahead.
To new beginnings
In recent weeks, the role came down to Kravitz, Zazie Beetz Atlanta, Deadpool 2 and Joker, Baby Driver’s Eiza Gonzalez and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. Ultimately, Kravitz won out, despite some worry about scheduling issues with Fantastic Beasts.
Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two Planet of the Apes sequels, took over Batman directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017.
Affleck departed his role as Batman following Justice League, allowing Reeves to pick his own Bruce Wayne. Reeves’ Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark will produce.
Will she be able to fill the shoes?
Kravitz is coming off her second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies, which aired its finale in July. She also has Hulu series High Fidelity coming out later this year. She is repped by Paradigm.
Anne Hathaway was the most recent actress to embody the thief in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Michelle Pfeiffer also portrayed Catwoman in 1992’s Batman Returns. The feline-suited adversary received her own feature film, with Halle Berry in the titular role, back in 2004.
Teamwork makes the dream work
The cast is also set to include Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon while Jonah Hill is also in talks for an unspecified villain role. Kravitz’s credits include the Divergent series and Mad Max: Fury Road.