When Zoë Kravitz debuts as Catwoman in The Batman, she becomes the actor who will have starred in the most superhero franchises. Director Matt Reeves' reboot of the Dark Knight is due to hit theaters on June 2021 with Robert Pattinson donning the cape and cowl as the new Batman. Rumored to be an adaptation of The Long Halloween comic book story, The Batman is expected to emphasize Bruce Wayne's detective skills as he pits himself against some of his classic archenemies, which now includes Kravitz as Catwoman.
As the latest actress to portray Selina Kyle, Batman's most famous female foe and sometimes love interest, in live-action, Kravitz follows in in the footsteps of Julie Newmar, Lee Meriweather, Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway, and Camren Bicondova. Indeed, Kravitz circled a previous Batman movie that starred Catwoman as she was up for a small role in The Dark Knight Rises; however, Kravitz didn't get the part. Still, the 30-year-old Kravitz is no stranger to superhero franchises in her acting career. Best known by TV fans for her role in Big Little Lies and by Harry Potter fans as Leta Lestrange in the Fantastic Beasts films, Kravitz has actually appeared in three major superhero franchises already before The Batman puts her over the top in superhero movie cross-pollination. Remarkably, Zoë Kravitz has already portrayed a mutant, a beloved Spider-Man character, and she's also already portrayed Catwoman!
In 2011, when Fox soft-rebooted the X-Men movies with director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, Zoë Kravitz portrayed one of the inaugural students of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) in 1962. Kravitz played Angel Salvadore (the first X-Man codenamed 'Angel') and the young mutant with wings was personally recruited by Professor X and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Later, Angel turned on Xavier after the mutants prevented the Cuban Missile Crisis and she joined Magneto when he formed his original Brotherhood of Mutants, along with Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), Riptide (Alex Gonzalez), and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). Sadly, a decade later during the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mystique discovered Angel was one of the mutants who was killed by government experiments into the X-Gene.
Six years later, Kravitz jumped into the DC Universe where she portrayed Catwoman for the first time in The Lego Batman Movie. Kravitz provided the voice of Selina Kyle in a few scenes of the hit animated film that starred Will Arnett as a self-absorbed and melodramatic Batman. The Lego Batman Movie was a wildly entertaining incarnation of the Dark Knight, Gotham City, and all of his allies and enemies - as well as featuring crossovers by characters from other franchises. While Kravitz's dialogue as Catwoman involved her purring "Meow meow" quite a bit, but it turned out to be excellent practice for her future role in The Batman.
In 2018, Kravitz jumped back to the Marvel Universe when she lent her voice to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Kravitz voiced Mary Jane Watson, the widow of Peter Parker (Chris Pine), and she made Spider-Man's funeral properly emotional with her inspirational eulogy. Later, MJ ran into her late husband's alternate universe doppelganger, Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), in a hilarious moment when he posed as a waiter and over-promised when she asked for more bread for her table.
Other actors have spanned comic book franchises in Marvel and DC. For instance, Willem DaFoe was the Green Goblin in 2002's Spider-Man and he was Vulko in Aquaman. Meanwhile, Josh Brolin really gives Kravitz a run for her money since he has starred as Thanos in the MCU, appeared in Oldboy and Men In Black 3, and he played Cable in Deadpool 2 - but Brolin hasn't appeared in a DC film. In terms of starring in four different superhero franchises, including Batman, Spider-Man, and X-Men, across Marvel and DC, Zoë Kravitz is now the actor to beat and fans look forward to how she will portray the feline fatale Catwoman in The Batman.
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