DCEU Leak: Zoë Kravitz to Star in Solo Catwoman Franchise
As expectations for Matt Reeves’ The Batman continue to reach new heights, more news surrounding the Caped Crusader’s upcoming installment, and the iconic foes set to make an appearance, continues to come forward. Indie star and former Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson will take on Batman, while Zoë Kravitz is set to star alongside him as Catwoman.
The movie, unlike previous forays into Bruce Wayne’s complex life, will explore the character’s detective side; while the film will still be an action-oriented superhero tale, the movie will focus on solving a mystery over socking the bad guy. The film is expected to be a fresh take and, with the budget at its disposal, Warner Bros. is hoping for some major success.
Though fans recently found out that Zoë Kravitz will portray Catwoman, following in the footsteps of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry, a new insider leak confirmed that she is set to star in her own solo spinoff, depending on the success of The Batman. The leak comes from none other than Mikey Sutton of the private, invite-only Facebook group, Geekosity: All Things Pop Culture.
Zoë Kravitz and a ‘Catwoman’ franchise
Mikey Sutton posted the following message to his facebook followers late on October 28, 2019:
SCOOP – 10/28/19: Catwoman is being considered for her own solo film franchise, spun off from Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Warner Bros. has been yearning for their own Black Panther, and with Zoë Kravitz as Selena Kyle, they may have found that dream project. No talks as of yet with Kravitz or any filmmakers, but it looks like it’ll be inspired by Ed Brubaker’s run in the comics. Of course, this project going forward depends on how The Batman is received by fans and audiences.
Your fly in the ointment,
According to Mikey Sutton, the DCEU wants to use this film as a counterpart to Black Panther. Considering the latter’s contemporary political relevance, commentary on the preservation of identity, and historical importance concerning African culture, Kravitz’ franchise will have some mighty shoes to fill.
If this franchise moves forward, the films will likely go in a different direction than other Marvel and DC movies, hopefully cementing their place in the superhero landscape in a way that is both original and meaningful. Making a superhero film that isn’t simply an action-packed saga with subpar character development may appear easy — as Marvel has succeeded in this realm repeatedly — but DC struggles when it comes to the silver screen.
Will The Batman and Catwoman be the next Wonder Woman, the next Shazam!, both of which premiered to strong critical and audience adulation? Or, do we have another Superman vs. Batman on our hands?
According to Sutton, the Catwoman story will follow Ed Brubaker’s run in the comics; since he is known for his work in the crime fiction space, the Catwoman franchise has the potential to prove quite dark, haunting, and contemplative. However, The Batman must first blow audiences away. before Kravitz gets her shot at the leading lady.