Zoë Kravitz could not audition for Catwoman because of her racial background, reveals 2015 interview of actress

In a 2015 interview, Zoe Kravitz revealed she was told, 'We're not going urban', when she wanted to audition for the role of Catwoman.

FP Staff October 16, 2019 12:49:48 IST
Zoë Kravitz could not audition for Catwoman because of her racial background, reveals 2015 interview of actress

Zoë Kravitz, who has been cast as Catwoman in Matt Reeves' The Batman, revealed in a 2015 interview she was not even given a chance to audition for the role in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. The actress had told Nylon magazine she was rejected because of her racial background.

"In the last Batman movie (The Dark Knight Rises), they told me that I couldn't get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren't 'going urban,'. It was like, 'What does that have to do with anything?' I have to play the role like, 'Yo, what's up, Batman? What's going on wit chu?' (sic)," Kravitz had told Nylon magazine.

Zo Kravitz could not audition for Catwoman because of her racial background reveals 2015 interview of actress

Zoë Kravitz. Image from Twitter

Comicbook.com explains "urban" is often used as a slang in a derogatory manner to describe "black." The news of the Big Little Lies actress being finally cast as Catwoman is a sign of Hollywood's acceptance of on-screen diversity.

Variety had previously reported the makers of The Batman were in talks with Kravitz, Zazie Beetz (Joker), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl). Kravitz took the role despite scheduling issues with the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film.

After the news of Kravitz' casting broke, she was congratulated by Jason Momoa, who is married to her mother Lisa Bonet, as well as Anne Hathaway. Michelle Pfeiffer, who was Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992), had some advice to offer to Kravitz. "Make sure whilst designing the costume they consider how you're going to go to the bathroom," Pfeiffer said on Good Morning America.

Watch the video here

Here are Momoa and Hathaway's congratulatory posts

View this post on Instagram

The biggest congrats to @zoeisabellakravitz on landing the role of a lifetime. Well, one life anyway...⁣⁣ Enjoy the ride, Selina #Catwoman

A post shared by Anne Hathaway (@annehathaway) on

Updated Date:

also read

Lily Collins' Emily In Paris renewed for two more seasons at Netflix
Entertainment

Lily Collins' Emily In Paris renewed for two more seasons at Netflix

Emily In Paris season 2, which debuted in December, topped the Global Netflix Top 10 list with 107.6 million hours viewed from 22 to 26 December, Netflix had said in a statement

French actor Gaspard Ulliel dies after ski accident in Alps; France President Emmanuel Macron tweets condolences
Entertainment

French actor Gaspard Ulliel dies after ski accident in Alps; France President Emmanuel Macron tweets condolences

Gaspard Ulliel, who is set to appear in Marvel's TV series Moon Knight, has died aged 37

Oscars 2022 to have a host first time since 2018, broadcaster ABC says
Entertainment

Oscars 2022 to have a host first time since 2018, broadcaster ABC says

The 94th Academy Awards, scheduled for 27 March, will be the first since the 90th, in 2018, to have a host.