Our New Catwoman Zoe Kravitz Was Once Told She Was Too 'Urban' For A Role In Dark Knight Rises


It was announced this week that Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming film The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson in the title role.

Kravitz and Pattinson are the only roles that have been confirmed with Jonah Hill rumoured to play a villain (either the Riddler or the Penguin) and Jeffrey Wright, who will reportedly play Commissioner Gordon.

While it’s very exciting that Kravitz landed the role, it’s not the first time she’s tried be part of a Batman film. The Mad Max: Fury Road star had previously been keen to join Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, but was denied an audition for being too “urban”.

In 2015, Kravitz recounted the story to Nylon, revealing she wasn’t even given an audition for a small role.

“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,'” she said at the time.

“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?'”

She also told the story of when she landed a role in 2007’s The Brave One which was originally “written for a white Russian girl”.

“I auditioned, and they changed the role for me,” she said.

The idea that she wasn’t able to get an audition for The Dark Knight Rises due to her race is horrible, but it must make landing the role in The Batman that much sweeter for the star.

Kravitz already has some practice playing the role of Catwoman after voicing the character in The Lego Batman Movie.

We might not know the exact story The Batman will follow, but we do know that the Internet is ready to see Kravitz and Pattinson together onscreen.

June 2021 can’t come fast enough.

If You Managed To Spot An Easter Egg In 'Joker' It Was A Mistake

Or it was the art department trolling...

We live in the age of films being made from stories based on comic books and their characters, and because of the seemingly endless source material, most of these films will include subtle Easter eggs in the background – but, sadly, Joker doesn’t.

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Director Todd Phillips spoke with Collider, revealing why you won’t find any subtle in-jokes or references to the wider DC universe in his film, because he’s just not interested in them.

“I don’t do Easter eggs. Any Easter eggs anybody finds is a mistake. I don’t understand,” he said.

Star of the film Joaquin Phoenix then jumped in, “I was saying to the last press, they asked me this thing about the clock and 11:11 and I said, ‘Paul is dead.’ And he was like, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Paul is dead. He’s like, ‘I don’t know.’ And the other guy that was like my age was like, ‘It’s a Beatles reference, dude.’ It’s these f***ing 22-year-old kids, they don’t know ‘Paul is dead.’

“I go, ‘You see what you want to see, you hear what you want to hear.’ Everybody thought it said ‘Paul is dead’ backwards and s**t,” he added.

Phillips added, “But that 11:11 is not an Easter egg to me.”

The clocks in the film being set to 11:11 had fans theorising that the film was set in Bizarro World (a world where everything is the opposite to Earth in some kind of way) and Arthur Fleck would actually end up becoming Batzarro (AKA Wayne Bruce, a super villain from Bizarro World).

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The whole “Paul is dead” thing is in reference to the infamous urban legend that Beatles star Paul McCartney died in a car crash and was replaced by a lookalike before the release of Revolver.

The albums that followed reportedly contain ‘clues’ to suggest Paul’s dead – for instance, if McCartney was the only one not wearing shoes while walking down Abbey Road, he must be dead.

However, if it wasn’t already obvious enough, Phillips and Phoenix want their work to be completely separate to the DC universe, except for the obvious connections like Arthur and Bruce Wayne.

If you did manage to find an Easter Egg, Phillips swears it’s the “art department sneaking something in that would make me crazy if I knew about it.”

Phoenix then joked, “There’s a Wonder Woman Easter egg in there, but you probably didn’t catch it.”

But he’s got to be trolling, surely?!

Jared Leto Apparently Didn't Respond Well At All When Told Of Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker'

TBH, we don't blame him.

Suicide Squad star Jared Leto reportedly didn’t respond all that well when he found out about losing the role of the Joker to Joaquin Phoenix.

The Oscar-winning actor portrayed the Clown Prince of Crime once in 2016 and the news that Phoenix would play the role in a standalone film was a very unpleasant surprise for the star.

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According to THR, Leto felt “alienated and upset” when former Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara and Toby Emmerich greenlit Todd Phillips’ standalone Joker filmwhich isn’t actually part of the DCEU.

While this is just a rumour – Leto hasn’t released a statement about how he felt – it would be understandable if that’s how the actor did feel at the time.

In 2017, when Joker was first coming together, and before Phoenix was officially cast, Leto was allegedly caught off guard as he was meant to reprise the character for both a Suicide Squad sequel and a spinoff movie with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

THR reported at the time, “Leto is said to have made his displeasure with the notion of multiple Jokers known to his CAA agents.”

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He later told ODE he was “confused” by what was going on with his character.

“I’m a little confused too, so, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world… It’s a big universe and, you know, when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there.

“You know you just have the honour of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off. But there are other films in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them.”

Honestly, we can’t really blame him for feeling that way, especially when we know that a lot of his own Joker performance ended up on the cutting room floor so audiences didn’t really see the full picture of what he brought to the character, which wasn’t his fault.

Leto doesn’t make an appearance in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and won’t be in Birds of Prey with Harley Quinn either, so his future as the Joker is up in the air.

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He’s previously told Variety, “I would definitely play the Joker again. It all depends on the script and the circumstances, as it always does.”

Until then, Leto has crossed over to the Marvel side to work on Sony’s Morbius film which will see him star as the anti-hero Morbius the Living Vampire.

Morbius hits cinemas July, 2020.

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