Lee Meriwether, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway have all played Catwoman on the big screen. But The Batman adds a new star to the character’s “purr-fect” legacy on film. Zoë Kravitz stars opposite Robert Pattinson’s title character as the latest incarnation of Selina Kyle. Kravitz has, of course, been in movies for years. However, even hardcore fans might not realize what the biggest box office hit of her career really is.
Zoë Kravitz appeared in several movie franchises over the years
Kravitz made her film debut in the 2007 romantic comedy No Reservations starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart. And in the 15 years between that film and The Batman, she’s been wildly busy. Kravitz joined the X-Men as Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class. She appeared opposite Will Smith and Jaden Smith in After Earth. And she journeyed through the Wasteland with Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road.
But that’s only the start of her work in major franchises. Kravitz also played Christina in the three Divergent films, based on the popular young adult book series. She lent her voice to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as Mary Jane Watson. And remarkably, Kravitz even played a very different Catwoman in 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie.
Strangely enough, the actor barely appears in her biggest hit movie
None of those movies are Kravitz’s biggest hit though. All of the films referenced above are high among her most successful releases. But two films from the same franchise top them all, according to The-Numbers.com. And in fact, Kravitz has barely even a cameo in the movie with the largest box office gross. The film in question? 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with a staggering $812 million at worldwide theaters.
While it’s not a surprise the Harry Potter prequel series attracted such an audience, it’s wild to think such a small role made such a big impact on Kravitz’s career. Her character, Leta Lestrange, only appears in one of Newt’s (Eddie Redmayne) photos in the first film. She actually plays a more significant role in the sequel. 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is Kravitz’s second-biggest hit, thanks to a $651 million worldwide total.
‘The Batman’ will likely soon become Zoë Kravitz’s biggest success
Given the hype — and glowing critical reviews — surrounding The Batman, the film may very easily be on track to become Kravitz’s new career highlight. Matt Reeves’ reboot takes an expansive approach to Gotham City. So it’s very possible Kravitz might find herself returning to share the screen with Pattinson sooner rather than later.
Of course, The Batman‘s box office success — the movie is tracking for an $80 million opening weekend, Forbes reports — depends on how it is affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Spider-Man: No Way Home proved movies can still break records. After many years in different franchises, Kravitz found one that might stick.