After years of steadily becoming more brutal and crazed on Game of Thrones, is Lena Headey finally tiring of villainy and looking to take on more of a heroic (though still somewhat ambiguous) role? It seems this could be the case after a comment the actress made on Twitter, and fans of the DCEU should be intrigued by the possibilities this one tweet unleashed.
One fan of the actress asked why Headey wasn't lined up to play Catwoman in the burgeoning DC Extended Universe, and, presumably, the upcoming David Ayer-directed Gotham City Sirens. Given that film has yet to officially announce a cast beyond Margot Robbie's returning Harley Quinn, dream casting for the roles of Poison Ivy and Catwoman has continued unabated since the project was given a green light.
Check out Headey's response below:
@IAMLenaHeadey why aren't you playing catwoman yet???
— Selina Lannister (@Jake212221) February 9, 2017
Why the fuck am I not https://t.co/h18ntWykyr
— lena headey (@IAMLenaHeadey) February 9, 2017
Catwoman has a very interesting cinematic history. Lee Meriwether gets credit for originating the role in movies by playing her in the campy 1966 Batman, but the first movie Catwoman to have an impact was Michelle Pfeiffer's vinyl-clad incarnation in Tim Burton's Batman Returns. Warner Bros. attempted to give Catwoman her own standalone movie in 2004 with Halle Berry in the role, but that film fell well short of expectations. The character returned to the screen with Anne Hathaway's portrayal in The Dark Knight Rises, and rumor has it she'll be surfacing in the upcoming Gotham City Sirens with Haley Bennett in the role.
Of all the cinematic Catwomen, Pfeiffer's version still stands in many people's minds as definitive. However, Lena Headey certainly has the acting chops necessary to give Pfeiffer a run for her money. Haley Bennett lacks a high-profile list of on-screen credits, though certainly she will have her advocates. Some no doubt will balk at the idea of giving the role of Catwoman to any white actress, even one as accomplished as Headey, when there are so many women of color out there whose careers could use the boost that would come with taking on such an iconic role.
Though Headey is not exactly stumping for the role of Catwoman, she definitely seems to have interest. But does anyone at Warner Bros. or DC have interest in casting Headey? This is one rumor that is sure to provoke a lot of argument on both sides. In the meantime, Headey's fans can look forward to her returning this summer as Cersei Lannister in season 7 of Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones season 7 will return to HBO in the summer of 2017.
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