Warner Bros. has found its Catwoman in “Big Little Lies” star Zoe Kravitz. The actress has been tapped to play the love interest of the Caped Crusader and a member of rouge’s gallery in Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman.”
Zoe Kravitz as “Catwoman”
Robert Pattinson is already on board to play the titular character “The Batman” while Jeffrey Wright is set to play Commissioner Jim Gordon. The shortlist to play Catwoman included Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, Eiza González, Zazie Beetz and Zoe Kravitz. The actresses went through chemistry table read with Robert Pattinson, and ultimately the role went to Zoe Kravitz. Kravitz recently starred in HBO’s Big Little Lies and also has an upcoming project for Hulu. She also starred in the Fantastic Beasts franchise as Leta Lestrange. Kravitz is a well-known actress at the Warner Bros studios, as she also voiced the Catwoman character in 2017’s “The Batman Lego Movie.”
Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman” will take a detective neo-noir narrative. “The Batman” will start shooting in November or early 2020. Academy award winning VFX supervisor Dan Lemmon has joined “The Batman” to lend his talents. Dan Lemmon has previously worked on Avatar, Planet of the Apes trilogy and Disney’s The Jungle Book. He was nominated for all the three Apes movies but eventually won the Oscar for The Jungle Book. Dan Lemmon worked with Matt Reeves in the last two Planet of the Apes movies.
Paul Dano as “The Riddler”
THR reported that Paul Dano had joined “The Batman” as The Riddler. Paul Dano recently directed, co-wrote and produced the critically successful drama “Wildlife”. Dano’s acting credits include Escape at Dannemora, Love and Mercy, Prisoners, 12 Years a Slave, and Okja, among others. The studio wanted Jonah Hill to play The Penguin or The Riddler, but the actor demanded more money.
Catwoman is one of the classic anti-heroine and love interest of the Caped Crusader. The Riddler is a villain who challenges Batman by leaving clues and riddles to solve. The Batman is set to hit theaters June 25, 2021.