News of Zoe Kravitz casting as the feline anti-heroine Catwoman swept headlines earlier this week.
Everyone is excited to see her rock the iconic catsuit in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman. But while it makes absolute sense to cast Kravits, the actress was previously told she was too “urban” to play the role.
Kravitz planned to audition for Christopher Nolan’s 2012 Batman flick “The Dark Knight Rises”. She revealed in a 2015 interview with Nylon magazine that she was told not to push through because she was too “urban.” At the time she said:
“’In the last Batman movie [The Dark Knight Rises], they told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t “going urban.”‘
She added, “’It was like, “What does that have to do with anything?” I have to play the role like, “Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on wit chu?”‘ The term is often used as a euphemism for race.
The role ultimately went to Anne Hathaway.
Kravitz’s casting as Catwoman in the upcoming Batman film will see her star opposite Rober Pattinson as the Caped Crusader. Catwoman and Batman’s complicated relationship had been portrayed on screen multiple times. Michelle Pfeiffer’s sensual take on the role was seen in 1992’s Batman Returns.
While Pfeiffer’s Catwoman is widely considered the most iconic in the silver screen, Halle Berry’s wasn’t so much. Berry received a Razzie award for worst actress for her titular film from 2002. Warner Bros.’ Catwoman standalone film is also considered one of the worst superhero films in history.