Movie Report: Zoë Kravitz joins cast of new ‘Batman’

Zoë Kravitz is joining the new on-screen adaptation of “Batman.”

According to Variety, Kravitz has been cast as the anti-heroine Catwoman in “The Batman,” directed by Matt Reeves. Variety reports the movie, starring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, will start pre-production soon with filming possible late this year or early 2020.

“The Batman” is set to open on June 25, 2021. This technically isn’t Kravitz’s first time as the character, as she voiced Catwoman in “The LEGO Batman Movie.”

She’s also recently starred in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and voiced a character in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

Catwoman has appeared opposite of Batman several times in film. The character was portrayed by Lee Meriweather in 1966’s “Batman,” 1992’s “Batman Returns” by Michelle Pfeiffer and 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises” by Anne Hathaway.

The last Batman/Bruce Wayne on film was Ben Affleck.

Reeve’s filmography includes “Cloverfield,” “Let Me In,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

At the weekend box office, it was another Batman-related character earning big dollars at theaters. Last weekend “Joker” earned $55.8 million, continuing its successful run. The animated adaptation of “The Addams Family” also enjoyed success with $30 million.

The full top five was:
1. Joker – $55,861,403
2. Addams Family – $30,300,007
3. Gemini Man – $20,552,372
4. Abominable – $6,072,235
5. Downton Abbey – $4,881,075

For the upcoming weekend, releases include the Disney live action sequel “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” and the horror/comedy sequel “Zombieland: Double Tap.”

On the small screen, meanwhile, new home releases include:

  • Crawl, my rating: 3.75 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.39 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 82%, MetaCritic rating: 60.
  • Stuber, my rating: 2 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.85 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 42%, MetaCritic rating: 42.
  • The Art of Self Defense, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 83% , MetaCritic rating: 65.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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