Stepping into an iconic role like Catwoman, which has been done by many other talented actresses, can be daunting. With the recent news that Zoë Kravitz will play Selina Kyle, Kravitz might be feeling the gravity of the role. Luckily for her, a few of the actresses that have played Catwoman in one of her past nine lives gave Kravitz praise and advice.
Michelle Pfeiffer’s sensible advice
In an interview with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America on Oct. 14, Michelle Pfeiffer gave the most vital piece of advice for Kravitz when it comes to playing Catwoman, specifically in regards to the suit. “Make sure, whilst designing the costume, they consider how you’re going to go to the bathroom — minor detail,” she said, Entertainment Weekly reported. “It’s an important one.” She also admitted that it was one of her favorite roles she’s played and that she is very excited to see Kravitz in the catsuit.
Pfeiffer played the iconic, sultry villain (or antihero) in 1992’s Batman Returns with Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. She was the second actress to ever take on the role of Catwoman in a film, following Lee Meriweather’s job in 1966. Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt portrayed the antihero on the television show Batman in 1966 – 1968. Pfeiffer also admitted to Strahan that it was one of her favorite roles she’s played and that she is very excited to see Kravitz in the catsuit.
It’s the same thing Christian Bale told the Batman actors
Interestingly enough, that is the same advice Christian Bale told his Batman counterparts, Ben Affleck and (soon-to-be Batman) Robert Pattinson, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Be able to pee by yourself,” Bale said in an interview with Variety. “You don’t feel much like a superhero when you can’t take a piss by yourself.” Sensible and sanitary.
A couple of other Selina Kyles added their praise, too
Pfeiffer might have been the most iconic Catwoman, depending on who you ask, but she was followed up by two very accomplished actresses as well. “Special shout-out to your new Catwoman, the eternally graceful & extremely badass Zoe Kravitz,” Halle Berry tweeted. “Keep shining Queen & welcome to the family!” Berry played Catwoman in the 2004 self-titled solo film.
Anne Hathaway — who played Selina Kyle in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises alongside Bale — also added her congratulations to Kravitz. “The biggest congrats to Zoë Kravitz on landing the role of a lifetime. Well, one life anyway… Enjoy the ride, Selina,” Hathaway wrote on Instagram.
Don’t expect a Batman or Catwoman like you’ve seen before
Even though Catwoman is on her fifth cinematic version, don’t expect to relive the same performances from before. Of course, Kravitz will bring her own self to the role, but also the story seems like it’ll be a different narrative than those before it, too. Affleck’s most recent turn as the Caped Crusader was not taken as seriously as Bale’s and it sounds like Pattinson’s won’t be as much of a hero as fans might be used to.
“Batman’s not a hero… He’s a complicated character,” Pattinson said to the New York Times on Oct. 17. “I don’t think I could ever play a real hero — there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one.” Despite the joke, Pattinson did touch on a pretty common thread in Batman’s characterization: his darkness. It’s part of the reason why the character has a fling with Catwoman, or even Poison Ivy, every now and then.
Even though Kravitz was just announced, and Pattinson hasn’t even seen his suit yet, the hype for the movie is definitely there for fans.