With DC FanDome fast approaching and an announcement that a new trailer for the upcoming The Batman movie will be shown there, star Zoe Kravitz talks about becoming Catwoman.
In a recent interview with AnOtherMag, Kravitz recounted her memories leading up to getting the part.
My agent called me and was like, ‘They’re making a Batman movie and there’s a Catwoman role. You’re on the list of actors they’re looking at. I think the first thing that happened was I went to LA and met with Matt Reeves, the director, who also wrote the script, and just talked to him. I read the script. Then he talked with me again to hear my thoughts, to see if we were on the same page. I didn’t know him well and it was a bit of a process.
When these big opportunities come up, these big roles, and you really want them, it’s heartbreaking when you don’t get them. You put a lot of energy into it.
The thing that I tried to keep in check throughout, though, was just wanting to be agreeable and likeable to get the role. To read the script and say, ‘I love it. I love everything about it.’ Then I go to the audition and I have this puppy dog energy. It was important to give him an idea of what it’s really like to work with me. To say what I really think and, if we’re on set together, to ask the questions I want to ask. I tried to come at it from the angle where I am showing him what I see and feel about this character. I believe that’s why it happened and I got the role.
Matt’s a fantastic director, and he’s really into talking about the character. We had some really good conversations. I had some thoughts about the character once I’d read the script too and they were welcomed.
Kravitz has had so much love and support for taking this role from several previous Catwoman actresses, such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway, and even Halle Berry (yes, she counts even if we don’t accept it). She then went on to say where she got the inspiration for how she wants to play her Catwoman from:
I’ve seen all the movies, yeah. I’ve read some of the comics now, but I wasn’t a comic head or anything. I also tried to think about it not as Catwoman, but as a woman… how does this make me feel? How are we approaching this and how are we making sure we’re not fetishising or creating a stereotype?
I knew it needed to be a real person.
In a different interview with Another Magazine, Kravitz went into detail about how she trained to become Catwoman. She also spoke about her experience in film before joining The Batman production, saying:
Sometimes with really big movies, it can feel like you’re just a puppet and part of this big machine. This felt like an independent movie in the way that there was real heart and soul and thought being put into the process and into every scene. It was incredibly collaborative. Matt’s very specific.
It took him a year to make this because of Covid. We were in this bubble, really in this world, and it was an incredible experience.
With blockbuster films like Mad Max: Fury Road, Fantastic Beasts, and Divergent under her belt, if she says that stepping into the role of Catwoman was demanding, I’m inclined to believe her.
To spend a year of your life, and it’s very physically demanding… I had to be in very specific shape, and there’s a pandemic going on. I’m being zipped into a catsuit every day at 7 am, working 12-hour days, and then coming home and working out. It was intense.
We can’t wait to see this newest version of Catwoman his the big screens. The Batman is set to be released on March 4th, 2022
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