While The Batman production remains shut down, that gives the actors time to conduct interviews, and that’s exactly what Zoe Kravitz is doing on a new podcast from Variety.
Speaking from London – where Kravitz has been living since The Batman shut down production in March – the actress talked mainly about her Hulu series High Fidelity, but discussion of playing Catwoman was inevitable. As the topic changed, she was asked what it was like seeing herself in the costume for the first time, and it was just as cool as you might imagine. “It’s cool, man. It’s cool. I can’t say it wasn’t cool, but I’ve been really trying to not think too much about just what that character means to everybody else. Just because it can be distracting in the wrong way, especially when you’re trying to become someone else.”
And playing such an iconic role can also be daunting it would seem. “When the announcement came out that I had gotten this role, my phone rang more than it has ever,” said the actress. “More than my birthday, more than my wedding, more than anything. So I felt that immediate pressure. The script is phenomenal. The story’s really strong. I feel very clear on who Selena is and what she wants, and I’m trying to stay more focused on that.”
With the DC FanDome coming up in August, we can just hope that we’ll finally get to see the costume.
But, luckily, there are some women that know what the weight of this role can be like. “I spoke to Michelle [Pfeiffer]. We sat at the same table at the Golden Globes, and I’ve met her a bunch over the years because of David E. Kelley. She’d always been so nice. I had just gotten cast so I was really nervous to be around her, and she was so sweet. She just gave me a big hug and said, “You’re going to be great.” That was really just amazing. Both Halle and Anne [Hathaway] were really sweet on Instagram and Twitter. [They] sent really sweet, encouraging messages when that was announced. So I feel supported by my girls.
On Pattinson being ‘perfect’ to play Batman
And what of her co-star, Robert Pattinson, and why he is “perfect” for the role? “Good question,” started Kravitz. “First of all, he’s just a really good actor. He started out as this kind of teen pop sensation, and then I think we all kind of saw through his work that there was a lot more going on. He’s a really interesting artist, and that is very much Batman in a way. We have the illusion of Bruce Wayne, and then we have Batman in the shadows that has a lot more complicated things going on. So just in that, I think he’s perfect for this role. He can relate in that way, and he looks good in the suit, man. He looks good in the suit. That’s a good jawline.”
Moving back to his acting, though, Kravitz added, “But he’s just a great actor and he brings so much to everything he does. I think that it’s a really hard role because people are expecting a lot. Also it’s restricting in a lot of ways. You’re wearing the suit, and you can’t see their eyes, and you can only move in a certain way. So you have to get really creative in terms of how can you portray a multi-dimensional character? He’s way up for the challenge and has really interesting ideas already. I think he’s perfect, perfect casting.”
We’re still awaiting for the film to resume production, but The Batman is currently scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 1, 2021.