Joining the list of actors who have portrayed Selina Kyle/Catwoman is Zoe Kravitz in the latest installment of The Batman. Starring alongside Robert Pattinson who plays the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’ gritty and grounded take on the character, Kravitz has revealed that her character is indeed bisexual in the movie. While this might be a surprise for a few, long-time comic book fans have been long aware of the character’s sexuality.
In the latest interview with Pedestrian, Zoe Kravitz confirmed that her iteration of the character is bisexual in the movie. Though Catwoman has long been portrayed as bisexual since 2015 in the comics, it never materialized on the big screen. From Michelle Pfeiffer to Anne Hathaway, the live-action adaptation of Catwoman has always evaded the character’s sexual orientation, mostly focusing on her relationship with Batman.
In The Batman, Kravitz’s Selina Kyle is shown to be a true adaptation of the character. Having grown in the impoverished part of Gotham, Selina soon became a master cat burglar, often targeting the rich. Apart from that, the character has been shown to have a soft corner for ‘strays’, which was also portrayed by Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises. But, The Batman takes it to another level where it is shown that Kravitz’s Selina is looking for her friend Anika. In the scene, Selina calls her ‘baby’ leaving the interpretation open for fans. However, Zoe Kravitz has clarified that her relationship with Anika is not merely platonic.
“That’s definitely the way I interpreted that, that they had some kind of romantic relationship.” – Zoe Kravitz
Additionally, director Matt Reeves also shared his thoughts on his iteration of Catwoman in the movie. As The Batman focuses on an amateur Dark Knight who has recently entered his crime-fighting career, Selina Kyle is still a raw and unpolished character who is yet to fully develop into the Catwoman we know from the comics.
“[The film is] very true to the character of Selina Kyle. She’s not yet Catwoman, but all the elements of how she’s going to become Catwoman are there. And in terms of her relationship with Anika, I spoke to Zoë very early on and one of the things she said which I loved was that: ‘She’s drawn to strays because she was a stray and so she really wants to care for these strays because she doesn’t want to be that way anymore, and Anika is like a stray and she loves her. She actually represents this connection that she has to her mother who she lost, who was a stray anymore’.” – Matt Reeves
Having taken inspiration from comics such as Batman: Year One and The Long Halloween, both of which had Catwoman as an integral character, The Batman surely pays homage to one of the most important characters in the Dark Knight’s life. And it surely makes sense to include Selina Kyle’s sexuality, which perfectly complements her complex and exciting character.
The Batman releases on March 4, 2022.