Selina Kyle/Catwoman has seen a plethora of incarnations since she was introduced in early Batman comics. It now looks like Zoë Kravitz (Divergent, Big Little Lies) has her chance to portray the famous cat burglar. She is set to star in The Batman, alongside Robert Pattinson in the title role. Pre-production is set to start in Summer of 2020, with the finished film to be released June 25, 2021.
Catwoman was played as a generic villainess by a number of actresses in the 1960’s Batman television series. Michelle Pfeiffer portrayed Selina Kyle as a shy secretary pushed to her breaking point in Batman Returns. Halle Berry played a different, heroic version of Catwoman in the less than stellar 2004 film of the same name. And Anne Hathaway’s performance in The Dark Knight Rises is probably the truest live-action interpretation to the character’s comic origins.
Warner Bros. Treads Lightly
Warner Bros. is wisely releasing news on this project slowly. Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, as played by Joe Manganiello, was initially going to be the main antagonist to Ben Affleck’s Batman. However, ever since Affleck dropped out, plans have shifted around and fans are left speculating. It seems the studio has learned its lesson from the reception of the DCEU. Much like with Joker, they are wary to give away too much. There have been no images of Pattinson in the batsuit and the star himself has been predominantly silent on the project. It seems they are less concerned with world building now and are letting director Matt Reeves give us his new vision for these characters.
Catwoman is typically less of an antagonist for the caped crusader and more of a romantic foil. The jury is still out on who will be the primary threat of the film, but we are excited to see how the thievery and mischief of Zoë Kravitz’s Catwoman will pull Batman away from his objectives.