Zoe Kravitz felt ‘immediate pressure’ after landing Catwoman gig

Zoe Kravitz felt “immediate pressure” after landing the role of Catwoman in The Batman.The Big Little Lies star will play Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in Matt Reeves’ take on the tale of the iconic Caped Crusader, and she told Variety that her …

Zoe Kravitz felt “immediate pressure” after landing the role of Catwoman in The Batman.

The Big Little Lies star will play Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in Matt Reeves’ take on the tale of the iconic Caped Crusader, and she told Variety that her phone rang off the hook when the news of her new gig was confirmed last year.

“When the announcement came out that I had gotten this role, my phone rang more than it has ever. More than my birthday, more than my wedding, more than anything,” Zoe recalled.

“So I felt that immediate pressure. The script is phenomenal. The story’s really strong. I feel very clear on who Selina is and what she wants, and I’m trying to stay more focused on that.”

The 31-year-old, who is reportedly heading back to continue filming the comic book adaptation after it was shut down in March amid the Covid-19 pandemic, said it was distracting seeing herself in the iconic catsuit for the first time.

“It’s cool, man. It’s cool. I can’t say it wasn’t cool, but I’ve been really trying to not think too much about just what that character means to everybody else,” the actress explained. “Just because it can be distracting in the wrong way, especially when you’re trying to become someone else.”

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the DC superhero, is set to be released in October next year.

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Zoe Kravitz spoke to Michelle Pfeiffer after landing Catwoman role

Zoe Kravitz was comforted by Michelle Pfeiffer after she was cast as Catwoman in The Batman.It was announced last year that the Big Little Lies actress would be playing the formidable Selina Kyle, and her feline alter-ego, in Matt Reeves’ superhero thr…

Zoe Kravitz was comforted by Michelle Pfeiffer after she was cast as Catwoman in The Batman.

It was announced last year that the Big Little Lies actress would be playing the formidable Selina Kyle, and her feline alter-ego, in Matt Reeves’ superhero thriller, alongside Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader.

The role was previously played by Michelle in Tim Burton’s 1992 movie, Batman Returns, before Halle Berry took over in 2004, and later Anne Hathaway in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Zoe revealed that she approached Michelle at the Golden Globes earlier this year, as the pair were sat together thanks to the 62-year-old’s husband David E. Kelley, who wrote the hit HBO show, Big Little Lies.

“I spoke to Michelle. We sat at the same table at the Golden Globes, and I’ve met her a bunch over the years because of David E. Kelley. She’d always been so nice,” the 31-year-old told the Variety and iHeart podcast The Big Ticket. “I had just gotten cast so I was really nervous to be around her, and she was so sweet.

“She just gave me a big hug and said, ‘You’re going to be great.’ That was really just amazing,” Zoe shared.

And the three-time Oscar nominee wasn’t the only Catwoman to offer Zoe some much-needed support.

“Both Halle and Anne were really sweet on Instagram and Twitter. (They) sent really sweet, encouraging messages when that was announced. So I feel supported by my girls,” she added.

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Halle Berry shares simple meditation tips for ‘peace and healing’

Halle Berry has shared her simple meditation routine to help others find “peace, healing and solace”.The Oscar-winning actress has been meditating for nearly two decades and relies on using the mindfulness technique daily to enable her to keep her two …

Halle Berry has shared her simple meditation routine to help others find “peace, healing and solace”.

The Oscar-winning actress has been meditating for nearly two decades and relies on using the mindfulness technique daily to enable her to keep her two children, Nahla, 12, and six-year-old Maceo, calm during the coronavirus pandemic.

“In times like these, I think that children need their parents to set the tone. If I’m frightened and frazzled, my kids absorb it all like sponges. Meditation helps me stay calm and balanced, so that I can show up for my kids and help them to feel more at peace and less afraid,” Halle told Women’s Health magazine.

“I’ve always found peace, healing, and solace in meditation – and that’s especially true (and important) right now when we’re amidst so much unrest and it’s so easy to operate out of fear.”

The Catwoman star starts her day with a session first thing in the morning – “sometimes for 10 minutes, sometimes for an hour” – and said it helps to keep her present and grounded.

“I believe meditation can have a profound impact on a much larger scale, too. Meditation can truly help all of us change the collective energy of our world and transform our reality into a more positive one,” the 53-year-old mused.

Halle then revealed her “incredibly simple” meditation routine. She starts by finding a quiet spot where she can sit and close her eyes, focusing on her breathing, and after a few minutes, she begins to “think about the intention of your meditation”, and ends her session by writing down her thoughts so she can reflect.

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Zoe Kravitz keeping up Catwoman training sessions amid coronavirus lockdown

Zoe Kravitz is continuing her Catwoman training from home amid the coronavirus lockdown.The Big Little Lies actress was in the middle of filming The Batman alongside Robert Pattinson in the U.K. when the coronavirus pandemic struck and film sets were f…

Zoe Kravitz is continuing her Catwoman training from home amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The Big Little Lies actress was in the middle of filming The Batman alongside Robert Pattinson in the U.K. when the coronavirus pandemic struck and film sets were forced to shut down, and while she’s self-isolating at home, she’s determined not to ruin all the hard work she put in to get into shape for the role.

“It’s not like the studio called and said, ‘Don’t get fat, b**ch,'” she laughed to Vanity Fair. “The first couple weeks that I self-quarantined, I remember texting the director, Matt (Reeves), and I was like, ‘We might have to make the catsuit a few sizes bigger when this is over.'”

Zoe had been training for four or five months ahead of production and, after being forced to stay at home, she “quickly decided to get my s**t together.”

Her current Catwoman routine consists of virtual sessions with her trainer David Higgins five days a week.

“It’s actually been really great because it’s been giving me some kind of structure, because I do it at the same time and it also makes the weekends feel like a weekend,” the 31-year-old shared. “I don’t work out on the weekends and it gives me just, ‘Oh, it’s a different kind of a day.’ So, it’s actually been really great just for my mental health.”

Meanwhile, Zoe is making sure to look after herself as she enjoys some much-needed downtime during the lockdown, adding: “Food, wine, and weed. It’s my favourite things right now… I’m definitely eating whatever the f**k I want. But yeah, try to stay in decent shape so I don’t have to start from scratch.”

The Batman is set to hit cinemas from 1 October 2021.

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Eiza Gonzalez heartbroken after losing out on Catwoman role

Eiza Gonzalez still hasn’t recovered from losing out on the chance to play Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster The Batman.The Baby Driver star was told to audition for Selina Kyle and her feline alter ago by the director himself, but was left…

Eiza Gonzalez still hasn’t recovered from losing out on the chance to play Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster The Batman.

The Baby Driver star was told to audition for Selina Kyle and her feline alter ago by the director himself, but was left heartbroken when Zoe Kravitz was cast instead.

Eiza told The Hollywood Reporter she became so obsessed that she imagined herself as Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson as Batman in the comic book adaptation, and was “living and breathing” the role after getting down to the final stages of the audition process.

“It’s impossible not to do that, especially when you get so far down the line,” the 30-year-old confessed. “It’s part of why you’re so far down the line – because you’re living and dreaming the character.

“For my prep for every role, I’m kind of a weirdo, especially when I’m already at the camera test stage or really deep into it. I will live and breathe the character; I’m more traditional in that sense. It is heartbreaking; it is always hard. You have to envision yourself in the role in order to see the role. You can’t have one foot in and one foot out.”

But the Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw star is experienced enough to know that when one door closes in Hollywood, another one opens, and she’s remaining positive that the experience will lead to another opportunity in the future.

“It’s always heartbreaking, but what I’ve learned with time, those relationships that you curate and the people that you meet don’t go away,” she shared. “The beauty of our industry is it’s never ending; it’s always evolving and transforming. I’m just lucky and grateful that I’ve had the chance to meet incredible directors and be part of incredible projects.”

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Zoe Kravitz inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal of Catwoman

Zoe Kravitz is a big fan of Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal of Catwoman.Last year, it was announced that the Big Little Lies actress would be starring opposite Robert Pattinson’s crime-fighting Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming flick The Batman. A…

Zoe Kravitz is a big fan of Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal of Catwoman.

Last year, it was announced that the Big Little Lies actress would be starring opposite Robert Pattinson’s crime-fighting Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming flick The Batman.

And speaking to reporters at the recent Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, Zoe opened up on what attracted her to the role and divulged that she had always loved Michelle’s debut as Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns in 1992.

“I think Catwoman is an iconic character,” she explained. “I was never into a lot of comic books, but that world was always really intriguing to me. And then, of course, Michelle Pfeiffer – her performance has always been super inspiring to me. It just felt iconic.”

Zoe went on to discuss the complex character, who has also been played by Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway, and said she was excited to explore the “strong femininity” of the comic book criminal.

“I think Catwoman/Selina Kyle represents really strong femininity, and I’m excited to dive into that,” the 31-year-old stated. “I think femininity represents power, and I think it’s a different kind of power than masculine power. That’s something that’s really interesting about Batman and Catwoman.

“I think Batman represents a very kind of masculine power, and Catwoman represents very feminine power – slightly more complicated, and softer, too. I like the idea that you can be soft, you can be gentle and still be very powerful and still be very dangerous.”

The Batman, also starring Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, and Jeffrey Wright, is due for release in June 2021.

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Zoe Kravitz to play Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson’s Batman

Zoe Kravitz will play Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson’s caped crusader in The Batman.The Big Little Lies star has signed up to play Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in Matt Reeves’ upcoming comic book movie, which will be a much darker take on G…

Zoe Kravitz will play Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson’s caped crusader in The Batman.

The Big Little Lies star has signed up to play Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in Matt Reeves’ upcoming comic book movie, which will be a much darker take on Gotham’s crime-fighting hero.

Kravitz reportedly went through a rigorous testing process to land the role, competing against Deadpool’s Zazie Beetz, Baby Driver’s Eiza Gonzalez, and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, according to Variety.

However, Kravitz reportedly secured the part after she tested last week with Pattinson, despite concerns over scheduling issues with the third Fantastic Beasts movie, in which she plays Leta Lestrange.

She now follows in the footsteps of previous onscreen Catwomen such as Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Kravitz, who is the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, was congratulated on securing the role by her stepfather, Aquaman star Jason Momoa.

“I’m so proud of u zozo bear. On and off screen OHANA (family). DC WB ohana Lola and Wolfies big sister is CAT WOMAN Unbelievable so freaking stoked. Your going to have so much fun Aloha P bear (sic),” he wrote alongside a snap of the pair on Instagram.

Reeves took over directing duties on The Batman from Ben Affleck after the actor departed his role on the standalone movie following his appearance as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the critically-panned Justice League in 2017.

Jeffrey Wright is rumoured to be playing Commissioner James Gordon, while Jonah Hill will reportedly portray an unspecified villain.

A production date for the Warner Bros./DC Comics has not yet been set, although insiders told Variety that filming could start in late 2019 or early 2020, ahead of a scheduled cinema release in June 2021.

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Vanessa Kirby: ‘I didn’t do enough squats ahead of Hobbs & Shaw action scenes’

Vanessa Kirby regrets not spending more time in the gym ahead of her role in action movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. The Crown star discussed her action role as Hattie Shaw in the upcoming franchise spin-off on BBC radio show, The Zoe Ball…

Vanessa Kirby regrets not spending more time in the gym ahead of her role in action movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

The Crown star discussed her action role as Hattie Shaw in the upcoming franchise spin-off on BBC radio show, The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, on Monday and admitted the action scenes left her “constantly aching”.

“It didn’t actually take that long (to film). Maybe three, four months. It was super-fast,” she told host Zoe Ball. “A lot of the fights were really intense and concentrated. I was constantly aching. I didn’t do enough squats in advance.”

Kirby, who rose to fame playing Princess Margaret in the Netflix series, jumped at the chance to play the sister of Fast & Furious character Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham, as Hattie is just as “capable of fighter” as her male counterparts and she hopes she’ll be an inspiration to young girls.

“It’s like this British contingent with Idris Elba and Helen Mirren and I. One of the reasons why I wanted to do is that she’s as a capable of fighter as the guys,” she continued. “If fourteen year old girls leave the cinema and feel as capable as their brothers then I have done my job.”

The 31-year-old actress is reportedly in the running to take over the role of Catwoman in 2021’s The Batman movie alongside Robert Pattinson, following in the footsteps of actresses Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Anne Hathaway. But when asked by Ball, she teased: “I’ve no idea what you’re talking about.”

However, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kirby called it a “dream role” and hinted if it were offered to her, she wouldn’t say no.

“Are you kidding?” exclaimed the Brit. “I would love to be Catwoman. Oh my god, it would be a dream.”

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Vanessa Kirby clueless about Catwoman casting rumours

Vanessa Kirby has played down chatter suggesting she’s a top contender for the role of Catwoman in The Batman.Director Matt Reeves has confirmed Robert Pattinson will play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader in the film, replacing Ben Aff…

Vanessa Kirby has played down chatter suggesting she’s a top contender for the role of Catwoman in The Batman.

Director Matt Reeves has confirmed Robert Pattinson will play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader in the film, replacing Ben Affleck after his portrayal of Bruce Wayne in the Justice League movies, and earlier this month, rumours began to swirl that the Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress was a contender to portray elusive cat burglar Selina Kyle.

But while Kirby is flattered her name has been linked to Reeves’ film, she has insisted no one has approached her about the part.

“I don’t know anything about it,” she told Entertainment Tonight, before sharing that she would be open to the role. “Are you kidding? I would love to be Catwoman… Oh my God, it would be a dream.”

Kirby then went on to joke that she would have to get into shape to play Catwoman, a role that has been previously been taken on by the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway.

“I’ll have to do lots of squats,” the 31-year-old smiled. “I mean, literally, lots of squats.”

Kirby is best known for playing Princess Margaret in Netflix TV series The Crown and will next appear as Jason Statham’s onscreen sister Hattie in the Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw.

The British actress made an appearance to promote the action film at the Hollywood premiere on Sunday, with her co-stars Idris Elba and Dwayne Johnson also in attendance.

The Batman is slated for release in 2021.

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Vanessa Kirby in running to play Catwoman in The Batman – report

Vanessa Kirby is reportedly in the running to play Catwoman in the upcoming movie, The Batman.Last month, director Matt Reeves confirmed Robert Pattinson would play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader, replacing Ben Affleck after his port…

Vanessa Kirby is reportedly in the running to play Catwoman in the upcoming movie, The Batman.

Last month, director Matt Reeves confirmed Robert Pattinson would play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader, replacing Ben Affleck after his portrayal of Bruce Wayne in the Justice League movies.

Not much is known about The Batman, but now Mission: Impossible – Fallout star Kirby is reported to be a serious contender for the elusive cat burglar Selina Kyle, according to editors at the Geeks Worldwide website.

The 31-year-old British actress is best known for playing Princess Margaret in Netflix’s The Crown and will next appear as Jason Statham’s on-screen sister in the Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw.

Andy Serkis is rumoured to be playing the Penguin, a role made famous by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns back in 1992, alongside Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne, and an iconic performance from Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.

Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad was recently forced to deny he would be playing the Penguin in Reeves’s movie, after fan art of him as the comic book villain went viral on social media.

He first fuelled speculation he would be playing Batman’s sewer-dwelling adversary when he reacted to the news that Pattinson would be playing the superhero.

“Eh. I could take him,” he teased.

Back in June, he took to Twitter once again, and shot down rumours that he was playing the Penguin.

“Ok, seeing as I keep getting this question…as much as I have LOVED torturing you all with teasing you about the Penguin, I feel like it’s time to tell you…I’m NOT actually playing this character. But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the fan art and the love,” Gad wrote.

The Batman is slated for release in June 2021.

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