Zoe Kravitz is no stranger to a franchise—she’s appeared in series like Divergent, Fantastic Beasts, and X-Men, to name a few—but her next project may represent her most central role in a big-budget film. According to Deadline, Kravitz has been cast as Selina Kyle in the upcoming The Batman film, starring Robert Pattinson in the eponymous role.
In addition to Pattinson, Kravitz joins Jeffrey Wright, who has been cast as Commissioner Gordon, and Jonah Hill, who is in talks to play the film’s villain. The movie is being directed by Matt Reeves (War For the Planet of the Apes), and is currently slated for a June 25, 2021 release date.
Catwoman is an iconic role, which has been a part of many a Batman (or straight-up Catwoman) project over the years. The role has recently been held by Camren Bicondova on TV show Gotham, and notably by Halle Berry in the 2004 film Catwoman, Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1992 movie Batman Returns, and Anne Hathaway in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Returns.
The Batman film is set to tell the early years of Batman’s rise to vigilante fame, though it will apparently not be an origin story.
“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” Reeves told THR earlier this year. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional.”
It’s unclear, at this point, how Selina Kyle might fit into that narrative, though Kravitz’s casting does fit in with the younger ensemble, a shift from a movie that originally starred Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight. Though she was originally introduced as a supervillain in the comics, more recently, Selina Kyle has often been cast as Batman’s love interest, though their relationship is usually depicted as a love-hate one, with Catwoman having her own ideas about how to save (or not save) Gotham.
More news as we hear it.