The public and critics praised Anne Hathaway‘s performance as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.”
Now, Zoë Kravitz has taken up the role in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.” Being two women with a pedigree in Hollywood (although Hathaway has garnered more experience than Kravitz), It’s impossible to avoid comparisons.
Some viewers have opined their preference for Hathaway’s Catwoman, while some have swung the other way, citing that Kravitz’s new feature as the antihero was more riveting on screen. While the comparison would not be ending anytime soon, “The Princess Diaries” star recently expressed her opinion with Kravitz’s version of the character she played a decade ago.
Anne Hathaway Celebrates Zoe Kravitz Adaptation Of Catwoman
While chatting with Entertainment Tonight, Hathaway gushed on about Kravitz’s new role as Selina Kyle’s alter ego in “The Batman.”
“I have a friend who saw it this weekend and said not only is she phenomenal in it but how much fun it was to be in a packed movie theater and realizing that people are coming back to movies and how great it was to celebrate that.” She added, “I am so happy for her. I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but I look forward to that.”
Hathaway’s admiration for Kravitz’s feature as Catwoman could be traced back to 2019 when she congratulated the actress for landing the part in Reeves’s adaptation of “The Batman.”
“The biggest congrats to @zoeisabellakravitz on landing the role of a lifetime. Well, one life anyway… Enjoy the ride, Selina,” the actress said on Instagram.
Hathaway’s Advice To Kravitz
In an interview with Collider, which aired months after Kravitz had been announced as the black-garbed antihero, Hathaway shared a piece of advice for her fellow counterpart.
Hathaway said, “If I had any advice, it would be literally don’t listen to anybody because I think the only way to play that role is to give your version of it. All of us had different directors, and all of our interpretations were specific to the films that they were in. And all the Jokers were specific to each director they have, and so I don’t think you can get too bogged down with the comparison.”
Given the early reviews that have come in for “The Batman,” many fans think Kravitz delivered expertly in the human-feline role and can now genuinely get inducted into the pantheon of star actresses who had embodied the character.
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Over the years, each Batman film has had its own distinct vibe, allowing for a wide range of creativity. Lee Meriwether previously played the part in the 1966 film “Batman,” With Eartha Kitt taking up the role in the 1967 “Batman” series. Michelle Pfeiffer also portrayed the titular role” In Batman Returns.”
Subsequently, Halle Berry starred in the “Catwoman” feature film in 2004. Due to its inconsistencies with the comic, the film garnered an unfavorable reaction from the audience. Hathaway took over the role in 2012, playing Christian Bale’s Batman enemy-to-lover in what served as the third and final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
Kravitz currently embodies the role, starring alongside Robert Pattison as the caped crusader in the reboot of DC’s most successful franchise.
What’s Next For Zoe Kravitz?
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While the hype around Reeves’ “Batman” is still ongoing, Kravitz is looking forward to riding on the film’s success to garner more acclaim in Hollywood.
The actress recently starred in a Steven Soderbergh-directed thriller “Kimi,” which debuted on HBO Max in February, delivering a brilliant performance of the techno-thriller genre just before “The Batman” hit the theaters.
Kravitz is working on her directorial debut in “Pussy Island,” which she co-wrote and would star alongside “Magic Mike” Channing Tatum. The actress will also feature and serve as an executive producer in Westbrook Studios’ animated series “Phatty Patty,” which will focus on the life experience of a biracial girl trying to find her footing in the world.