Rumors have swirled as to who will be seen in The Batman, the next iteration of the popular comic character. It has been revealed that Zoë Kravitz will slide into the role of Selina Kyle, Catwoman in the film. She’ll star opposite Robert Pattinson who will don the cape as Bruce Wayne, Batman.
Kyle/Catwoman has morphed into an antiheroine and sometime love interest for Wayne/Batman. A recent storyline had the two about to be married which didn’t go ahead.
Numerous other actors were rumored for the role including Zazie Beetz, Eiza Gonzalez, and Alicia Vikander.
Production on the film is slated to begin filming in late 2019 or early 2020. The Batman is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.
Kravitz is the latest in a long line of defining women to take on the role of Catowman. Actresses to take on the character include Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lee Meriweather, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Camren Bicondova and many more. The character has appeared in comics, television, movies, video games, animation, and radio.
Catwoman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and debuted in Batman #1 published in 1940.
Director Matt Reeves tweeted out the below in response to the news:
If you thought that Batman and Catwoman were going to have a happy wedding with the usual supervillain attack to keep things interesting, then you’re pretty naive. On that confrontational, Batman #50 is a climactic moment in Tom King’s run on Batman, and Mikel Janin and June Chung are onboard as well to show all the romance, heartbreak, and kicking Kite-Man on the face. But the real highlight of this issue is the unleashing of some of the best living Batman and Catwoman artists to tell the love story of Bat and Cat all framed in love letters to each other. Beginning with the great Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez showing them swaddled together in a loving embrace and concluding in a pure negative space, movie poster style page from upcoming Batman artist Lee weeks, this is a wonderful encapsulation of Batman and Catwoman’s relationship done in Tom King’s signature tone poem way.
The letters that Batman and Catwoman write to each other in Batman #50 are a form of psychological probing, which makes sense because Batman is the World’s Greatest Detective and Catwoman is a skilled thief and con woman. They read people basically for a living, but are vulnerable and have huge blind spots. Especially Batman. King writes some beautiful lines where Batman and Catwoman both say that each other’s eyes is what led to their initial attraction. Batman was struck by how complex Catwoman’s eyes were, and that she could be more than a one-off animal themed villain while Catwoman realized how simple and childlike Batman’s were: pure blue. These thoughts come during Tim Sale and Paul Pope’s pages showing Catwoman in her 1990s purple costume pursuing and aggressively flirting with Batman like he’s an innocent boy and not a skilled crime fighter drawn in heroic, stealthy poses by Neal Adams and Lee Bermejo. He’s lost control and maybe has a chance to find happiness like the totally adorable page drawn by Amanda Conner of Catwoman and Batman enjoying a date at the zoo, or this issue’s sexiest moment where Mister Miracle’s Mitch Gerads shows them under a cape blanket with all the accoutrements of crime and crime fighting strewn about. Batman and Catwoman have serious chemistry, which has been boosted by King, Gerads, and Janin’s work on the current series, but are they really marriage material?
One person who shares the idea that getting married would make Batman less miserable and lose his edge is Holly Robinson, Catwoman’s long time friend, who she springs out of Arkham for one night to be her maid of honor/witness. This is a bit of a crazy plot point because the last time she appeared, Holly was fleeing the country as Batman was trying to apprehend her for 237 murders that Catwoman tried to take the fall for. The inclusion of Holly in Batman #50 makes the story a little more twist-filled than a simple case of cold feet (Eat your heart out, X-Men Gold #30), especially the final page that puts a new spin on a famous 1990s Batman storyline. As Selina’s friend, who she saved from child prostitution, Holly has been around Batman since Year One when she stabbed a less than intimidating, fake scar sporting Bruce Wayne partially leading him to choose a costume to strike fear in the heart of criminals. (As a sidenote, it’s pretty epic to see Frank Miller’s lumbering Batman on the page when Catwoman talks about how angry and graceful he was during his early crime fighting days.) But is she a pawn or a mastermind in a larger scheme?
Batman #50 seems to be an inciting incident in a larger Tom King story centered around the breaking of Batman’s heart and not his body. Batman is always surrounded by Gothic elements, like secret passages, large empty mansions, and gargoyles, so adding a doomed romance to the mix makes sense. King and Mikel Janin are working in a larger tradition of Batman getting in the way of Bruce’s happiness, and a couple of DOA romances from other mediums come to my mind. (Vicki Vale from 1989’s Batman, Andrea Beaumont in Mask of the Phantasm, Rachel Dawes in the Nolan trilogy) However, this relationship is different because King has consistently written Batman and Catwoman as equal crime fighting partners and shows this through the symmetry in the composition of their letters (Clayton Cowles’ word bubble placement is impeccable. and even similar poses in the final pinups from Greg Capullo and Weeks. Those two crazy kids had some great, but unfortunately it didn’t work out.
Batman #50 definitely will be a fanbase breaking comic book, and the spoiler-y New York Times article didn’t help matters. However, throughout his run and in homage to Batman and Catwoman’s relationship, Tom King has seeded doubts that the Bat and Cat could settle into a quiet marriage. Bruce is as comfortable with as he is in the tuxedo that Alfred said reminds him of his father. Speaking of Alfred, Mikel Janin crushes a silent sequence where Bruce asks him to be his witness, and all dialogue and narration stops for a four panel hug that segues into aforementioned dreamy page from Mitch Gerads. King and Janin pinpoint these little emotional stingers into the narrative, like Holly complimenting Catwoman’s dress or a symmetrical double page spread where Bat and Cat embrace and kiss one, unfortunately last time. The use of symmetry and formalism in the way Batman #50 is constructed hint at a couple that’s on the same page, but that’s sadly not the reality.
In Batman #50, Tom King, Mikel Janin, June Chung, and a talent group of guest artists craft the ultimate, tragic Batman love story and show the chemistry between Bat and Cat while also showing how their marriage ultimately wouldn’t work out. This definitely isn’t a big, guest star heavy special, but an intimate story of a man, who decides to work out his pain and sorrow dressed as a bat instead of finding love and peace with an enigmatic woman, who dresses like a cat.
Story: Tom King Art: Mikel Janín Guest Art: David Finch, Joëlle Jones, Mitch Gerads, Rafael Albuquerque, Neal Adams, Andy Kubert, Becky Cloonan, Ty Templeton, José Luis Garcia-Lopez, Frank Miller, Lee Bermejo, Trish Mulvihill, Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson, Alex Sinclair, Hi-Fi, Tony S. Daniel, Tomeu Morey, Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts, Tim Sale, José Villarrubia, Paul Pope, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia, Lee Weeks Colors: June Chung Letters: Clayton Cowles Story: 8.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
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It feels like Joëlle Jones has taken on a lot to make issue #1 of the “Catwoman Copycats” arc happen and all of her work pays off. Jones manages to cram a lot of information into the 24 page inaugural issue and I can’t wait to see where the story goes. There’s not a wasted word or panel and every element Jones uses propells the story forward and made me want to know more.
Catwoman #1 finds Catwoman enjoying herself while a copycat version of her is attacking and murdering two cops. On top of that, a politicians wife seems to be more than a desperate housewife and Selina is poised to take the fall for everything.
Jones’ artwork is simple but also very good. While it’s gritty, it’s also stylized and a sleek canvas for Catwoman to be Catwoman and for Selina Kyle to show us some of her humanity. The art is shiny but understated and serves its purpose wonderfully by providing an adequate backdrop to a pretty interesting story.
The twists aren’t cliched, the reveals aren’t expected, the villain and the motive are appropriately creepy and mysterious and the artwork gives us all the fill in information that the story doesn’t provide without overshadowing the rest. The story Jones tells is pretty straightforward but also very inventive and human. We get to see Selina’s emotions as she goes from bliss, to sadness, to despair, to anger and inevitable discovery during her attempt to clear her name.
Catwoman #1 is a page turner. There’s a sweet slow start that immediately turns up the heat and comes to a full boil by the end. The artwork doesn’t feel like Jones’ best work or feels fresh but it serves the narrative well and complements the interesting story. The great thing about this issue is that even though you know going in what the story is about there are still little surprises and twists and turns that make what could have been a run of the mill arc an actual page turner. The action’s nice, the art is classic but sassy, and the writing’s clever. It’s definitely worth a read.
Story: Joëlle Jones Art: Joëlle Jones Story: 8.7 Art: 7.9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.
We’ve seen Superman, but an official pic of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman in next years The Dark Knight Rises, has been released as well. The still shows her on what looks like the Batpod, his motorcycle. We’ll see if we get more of a cat-like costume.
During the announcement of Anne Hathaway‘s casting in the newest Batman movie as Selina Kyle, there’s been much speculation as to whether she’ll also be donning a mask herself as Catwoman. Well it looks like in an interview with Oprah she let the cat out of the bag.
With the announcement of Anne Hathaway being cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane in the next installment of the Batman movie franchise The Dark Knight Rises, searches for the two and characters have boosted online.
Searches soared for those two involved with some impressive numbers:
3,693% increase for Anne Hathaway
17,662% for Tom Hardy
Variations on those two like “tom hardy bane” also had the same sort of volume. That’s some fantastic buzz and interest by the public.
The Batman movie franchise has been fantastic with their online promotions with The Dark Knight having an Alternative Reality Game that saw a political campaign being waged to elect Harvey Dent. Lets hope we see something just as groundbreaking for this one.