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Zoe Kravitz rejected for Catwoman audition in "Dark Knight Rises" for being "too urban"

Writer: Heidi Hsia

I know you have nine lives but you don't have to use them all on me
I know you have nine lives but you don't have to use them all on me

9 Mar – Zoe Kravitz has been winning praises left and right for her performance as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in "The Batman", but did you know that she was once rejected for looking "too urban"?

The actress shared her experience in an interview with The Guardian recently, revealing that she wanted to audition for the third instalment of Christopher Nolan's "Batman" trilogy, "The Dark Knight Rises" back in 2012, but was shot down for her looks.


"I don't know if it came directly from Chris Nolan. I think it was probably a casting director of some kind, or a casting director's assistant," she said.

"Being a woman of colour and being an actor and being told at that time that I wasn't able to read because of the colour of my skin, and the word 'urban' being thrown around like that, that was what was really hard about that moment."

It is noted that the role of Catwoman was later won by Anne Hathaway.

Zoe Kravitz was told she was too urban to play the role
Zoe Kravitz was told she was too urban to play the role

As to how she got the role in the Matt Reeves movie, Kravitz shared in a previous interview, "I read the script... Then [Matt Reeves] talked with me again to hear my thoughts, to see if we were on the same page. It was important to give him an idea of what it's really like to work with me. To say what I really think and, if we're on set together, to ask the questions I want to ask. I tried to come at it from the angle where I am showing him what I see and feel about this character. I believe that's why it happened and I got the role. Matt's a fantastic director, and he's really into talking about the character. We had some really good conversations. I had some thoughts about the character once I'd read the script too and they were welcomed."

At the same time, Kravitz, who is also the daughter of "The Cosby Show" star Lisa Bonet and singer Lenny Kravitz, stated that she is not interested in doing movies explicitly about race.

"At one point, all the scripts that were being sent were about the first Black woman to make a muffin or something. Even though those stories are important to tell, I also want to open things up for myself as an artiste," she said.

Anne Hathaway won the Catwoman role in "The Dark Knight Rises"
Anne Hathaway won the Catwoman role in "The Dark Knight Rises"

Halle Berry's Patience Phillips is Catwoman in the 2004 stand-alone "Catwoman" and is not a Batman-related film
Halle Berry's Patience Phillips is Catwoman in the 2004 stand-alone "Catwoman" and is not a Batman-related film

Michelle Pfeiffer purred in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" (1992)
Michelle Pfeiffer purred in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" (1992)

Cinema Online, 09 March 2022


Related Movies:
The Batman (03 Mar 2022)
The Dark Knight Rises (19 Jul 2012)

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