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.
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.
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
Michelle Pfeiffer’s advice for @ZoeKravitz in her new role as #Catwoman might surprise you pic.twitter.com/1LcZ0EIqFC
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 15, 2019
Here are Momoa and Hathaway's congratulatory posts
View this post on Instagram
I’m so proud of u zozo bear. On and off screen OHANA. 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 A post shared by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies) on
The biggest congrats to @zoeisabellakravitz on landing the role of a lifetime. Well, one life anyway... Enjoy the ride, Selina #Catwoman
French writer Houellebecq loses bid to ban Dutch porn film
The director filmed Houellebecq having sex in Paris with a woman called Jini van Rooijen, a philosophy student with whom the director works.
EXPLAINED: Why Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton's Rainbowland banned from Wisconsin first-grade concert
A Wisconsin first-grade teacher lashed out at the school authorities for banning Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton's Rainbowland song from the concert.
Richard Gere urges US lawmakers to back Tibet
The 73-year-old accused Beijing of "cruelty, collective violence and persecution" of the Tibetan people, whom he said were repressed by a "pervasive surveillance system."