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Zoe Kravitz Tried To Avoid Fetishizing & Stereotyping When Portraying Catwoman In The Batman

The actress opened up about the process it took to make Catwoman a real person and not stereotype.
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Zoë Kravitz disclosed details about the conversations she had with director Matt Reeves before landing the role of Catwoman in the new Batman adaptation titled The Batman starring Robert Patterson.

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The actress revealed it was “a bit of a process” during a recent interview with AnOther Magazine when discussing the potential role at the time.

“My agent called me and was like, ‘They’re making a Batman movie and there’s a Catwoman role. You’re on the list of actors they are looking at.’ I think the first thing that happened was I went to LA and met with Matt Reeves, the director, who also wrote the script, and just talked to him. I read the script. Then he talked with me again to hear my thoughts, to see if we were on the same page. I didn’t know him well and it was a bit of a process.”

Kravitz also shared the discussion included her and Reeves making a collaborative effort to transform the character into how she portrayed her to be aside from what was provided in the script. The 32-year-old explained when approaching this character from a woman’s standpoint she wanted to steer away from fetishizing and creating a stereotype like it was seen in past films.

“I’ve seen all the movies, yeah. I’ve read some of the comics now, but I wasn’t a comic head or anything. I also tried to think about it not as Catwoman, but as a woman, how does this make me feel? How are we approaching this and how are we making sure we’re not fetishizing or creating a stereotype? I knew it needed to be a real person.”

The Batman is scheduled to be released in March 2022.


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