Halle Berry has welcomed Zoe Kravitz into the Catwoman club with open arms.
Following news that the Big Little Lies star landed the role of the famous villain in Matt Reeves' The Batman, Berry vocalized her support behind the casting choice. "Special shout-out to your new CatWoman," she tweeted, "the eternally graceful & extremely bad ass Zoe Kravitz. Keep shining Queen & welcome to the family!"
Berry previously played Catwoman and alter ego Patience Phillips (rather than the traditional Selina Kyle) in the 2004 superhero film of the same name. Originally slated to be directed and written by Tim Burton, the movie came after years in development hell.
When it finally released, Catwoman was universally panned by critics. Indeed, it currently sits at a 9% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Catwoman earned four Razzie Awards that year, including Worst Actress for Berry. The actress took the dishonor in stride, though, bringing her Oscar to accept the award in person. Despite its critical difficulties, Catwoman managed to be the highest grossing female-led superhero film until the release of Wonder Woman in 2017.
Berry becomes the latest former Catwoman to speak about the casting news. Michelle Pfeiffer, who memorably played the role in 1992's Batman Returns, discussed the subject on Good Morning America. Her words were more practical, as she recommended Kravitz work with the costume designers to leave room for when nature calls.
The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who will also produce alongside Dylan Clark. Casting is still underway, with the film scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.