Zoe Kravitz Teases ‘The Batman’ and Which Iconic Catwoman Performer Inspires Her

Zoe Kravitz is looking forward to bringing some “feminine power” to her role as Selina Kyle — aka Catwoman — in director Matt Reeves’ forthcoming film “The Batman.”

“I think Catwoman, Selina Kyle represents really strong femininity, and I’m excited to dive into that,” Kravitz said Friday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. She added, “I think femininity represents power, and I think it’s a different kind of power than masculine power. That’s something that’s really interesting about Batman and Catwoman. I think Batman represents a very kind of masculine power, and Catwoman represents very feminine power — slightly more complicated, and softer, too. I like the idea that you can be soft, you can be gentle and still be very powerful and still be very dangerous.”

In October, Kravitz was cast opposite Robert Pattinson in the film, beating out a field of actresses that included Zazie Beetz of “Atlanta,” Eiza Gonzalez of “Baby Driver,” and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander.

Speaking to reporters after a TCA panel for her upcoming Hulu series “High Fidelity,” Kravitz indicated that she’s taking inspiration for the role from another performer who took a famous turn in the cat suit.

“I think Catwoman is an iconic character,” she said. “I was never into a lot of comic books, but that world was always really intriguing to me. And then of course Michelle Pfeiffer — her performance has always been super inspiring to me. It just felt iconic.”

Warner Bros.’ “The Batman” is scheduled for release in theaters June 25, 2021.

Earlier in the “High Fidelity” panel, Kravitz and her fellow “High Fidelity” executive producers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka talked about the updates they made to the original book and the 2000 movie.

The two main aspects they changed was to make the main character a woman and to move the location to New York, while retaining the “core conflict of the central character,” according to West.

“I didn’t want to go redo ‘High Fidelity’ without making this change,” West said referring to making the central character female. “When you watch a lot of romantic comedies with female leads, the problem always seems to be you can’t find the right man, or you’re desperate to get married, or you’re self-destructive in some way. When a man gets to be the lead, the problems are internal and it was interesting for us to switch that point of view and let her issues with romance be about learning how to figure herself out and not about finding Mr. Right.”

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