On Saturday night, “The Batman” star Zoë Kravitz finally hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the very first time! Rosalía was the musical guest of the night.
Her opening monologue centered around her latest film, “The Batman,” which sees “Twilight” alum Robert Pattinson stepping into the lead role. Kravitz plays Catwoman.
Zoë Kravitz Jokes About Playing ‘The’ Catwoman In ‘SNL’ Opening Monologue
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After stepping out onto the stage, Kravitz greeted the audience by plugging the 2022 film, “The Batman.”
“In the movie, I play Catwoman — sorry, the Catwoman,” Kravitz joked. “To prepare for the role, I watched the movie musical Cats every day for a year, which is actually the same way I heard Joaquin Phoenix prepared to play the Joker.”
“SNL” star Kate McKinnon approached that stage in a leather suit with pointy cat ears. “Somebody out here talking about cats?” McKinnon asks.
“Hi, I was just doing my monologue,” Kravitz answers. “You’re also Catwoman?”
“Yes, I’m Catwoman from the ’90s, the one with the whip. You know, like cats have,” McKinnon quips. “Zoë, you’re part of a proud lineage of Catwomen, each with their own origin story. Do you want to know mine?”
“Yeah, what’s yours?” Kravitz asks.
“OK, I fell out of a window onto a pile of cats. They licked me back to life, and now I dress like Sandy from a porno version of Grease,” McKinnon explained. “It’s still called Grease.”
“Cool. Well, thank you. It’s great to have some fellow Catwoman support,” Kratvitz says quickly. She’s about to get back into her monologue before McKinnon says that they have to “fire up the Cat Signal.”
Zoë Kravitz’s Opening Monologue Interrupted By Kate McKinnon’s ‘Cat Signal’
“Cat signal?” Kravitz asks.
“Yeah, for every time you need a Catwoman,” McKinnon says. “Behold!”
After she lights up the Cat Signal, Kravitz says, “Oh, I love that! It’s a noble cat ready to pounce off a ledge.”
“Or it’s doing its business in the litter box,” McKinnon counters.
At this point, a Catwoman played by Ego Nwodim appears, sensing someone must be in danger after witnessing the Cat Signal.
“You’re Catwoman, too?” Kravitz asks.
“Indubitably,” Nwodim says. “I was the first Black Catwoman. Meow!“
“Right, yes,” Kravitz replies. “Eartha Kitt from the 1960s TV version.”
“Yeah, people called it campy but it turned out it was just super gay,” Nwodim quips.
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As Kravitz is about to get back to her monologue, an old woman pushing a grocery cart with a white cat inside appears on stage.
“Another Catwoman?” a frustrated Kravitz asks.
“Yeah, yeah. More of a cat lady, I guess,” says a character played by Aidy Bryant. “This is my husband — sorry, cat — and we’re here to meet Rosalía. Do you take us to her, or how does that work?”
“I don’t think I can do that right now,” Kravitz replied. “I have to host the show.”
“Oh, yeah. Sure. I get it,” Bryant says. “You know, I’ve hosted the show dozens of times — in my mind, where it’s called Saturday Night Cat.”
“Not Caturday Night Live?” Kravitz asks, to which Bryant says, “Dang it.”
“Okay, wow, I was really not expecting to meet so many catpeople,” Kravitz says. “Not that I don’t love it, but maybe that’s enough.”
“Even if the next one is Doja Cat?” Nwodim asks.
“Oh my God, is she here?” Kravitz asks. Although Doja Cat doesn’t appear, Katt Williams, played by Chris Redd, appears in the audience.
“Oh, come on. You’re not even a woman,” said an exasperated Kravitz.
“I am a lover of women. Meow,” Redd says. “And if I wanted to meet Rosalía…”
The monologue ends with all the cat people on stage jumping up in a freeze frame, with Kravitz assuring the audience they had a great show planned for them tonight.
What Do Fans Think Of Kravitz’s First Time Hosting ‘SNL’?
“Zoe did a fantastic job and when Kate barged in and broke, which she rarely does, Zoe kept a straight face and the real live cat was a nice touch,” one fan wrote. “Caterday Night live.”
“Her level of maturity and personality is in another level. She’s amazing. Love her! So glad she was invited to SNL,” another commented.
“Zoe Kravitz should be everywhere in Hollywood,” another said. “She’s super underrated.”
“Zoë is the sweetest person and an incredibly talented actress,” another wrote. “I hope we get to see her even more in the coming years!”
“Saw the Batman twice last weekend and Zoe Kravitz portrayal of Catwoman was straight up awesome!” another shared. “Felt like it was straight from the comics and cartoon show.”
“The Batman” is still available to view in theaters.