Zoë Kravitz appears to have confirmed longstanding rumors that her version of Catwoman is bisexual in her upcoming film The Batman.
The 33-year-old actress admitted in an interview with Australian broadcaster Pedestrian.tv published on Monday that she “interpreted” the character as part of the LGBTQ community.
While Kravitz’s character appears to have an emotional involvement with the Caped Crusader of the same name (played by Robert Pattinson), she may have had female lovers as well.
new direction? Zoë Kravtiz, 33, said she “interpreted” her character Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) as bisexual in her new film The Batwoman, according to an interview published by Pedestrian.tv on Monday; Seen in London on February 23rd
The Batman shows an early scene with Zoë’s character Selina Kyle, in which she returns to her apartment and calls for her friend Anika, calling her “Baby”, suggesting that they have a romantic relationship.
Though her possible romance with another woman is only hinted at, her attraction to Bruce Wayne/Batman is clear as the two kiss later in the film.
She also messes up her status by referring to Anika as “girlfriend” while speaking to Pattinson’s character.
Zoë admitted that she interpreted the earlier scene to mean that Selina was bisexual, even though it wasn’t explicitly stated as such.
Note: In an early scene, Selina (Kravitz) goes to her apartment and calls out for another woman named Anika, calling her “Baby”, possibly indicating that they had an intimate relationship; still from The Batman
Mixed messages: She also later watched Kissing Batman and then refers to Anika as “girlfriend”; still from The Batman
“That’s definitely how I interpreted it, that they had some kind of romantic relationship,” she said.
After the interviewer shared her excitement at seeing a bisexual Catwoman on screen, the Big Little Lies actress added, “I agree!”
But the film’s director, Matt Reeves, was more ambiguous when it came to the question of Selina Kyle’s sexuality.
‘[The film is] very true to the character of Selina Kyle. She’s not Catwoman yet, but all the elements of how she’s going to become Catwoman are there,” he explained.
Agreed: When asked if Catwoman was bisexual, Zoë replied, “That’s definitely how I interpreted them to have had some sort of romantic relationship”; seen in NYC in September
“And in terms of her relationship with Anika, I spoke to Zoë very early on, and one of the things she said was this, which I loved, ‘She’s attracted to strays because she was a stray, and because of that, she wants to she really care about these strays because she doesn’t want to be like that anymore and anika is like a stray and she loves her. She actually represents that connection she has to her mother, who she lost, who wasn’t a stray anymore.”
The Cloverfield director clarified that the character wasn’t explicitly meant to be bisexual, but he was open to that fan interpretation.
“So I don’t think we wanted to go in that direction directly, but I’m sure you can interpret it that way. She has an intimacy with that character and there’s a tremendous and deep caring for that character, more than a sexual thing, but there should be quite an intimate relationship between them.
Go back it: But director Matt Reeves was more ambiguous, saying Catwoman shouldn’t be explicitly bisexual, although it was open to fan interpretation; (L-R) Dylan Clark, Andy Serkis, Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright and Matt Reeves
The Batman is just the latest superhero film to make references to LGBTQ characters, though many fans have mocked previous films for refusing to include more mature queer stars.
Avengers: Endgame was derided by some fans after the film was promoted as Marvel’s first openly gay character, although the character in question was revealed to be a secondary character with only Seconds On Screen, referring to his husband at a support group which Captain America attended (Chris Evans).
The character was played by one of the film’s directors, Joe Russo, who is not gay himself, which also upset some fans.
Tessa Thompson is also believed to be playing her character Valkyrie as bisexual in Thor: Ragnarok and its sequels, but a scene explicitly affirming her sexuality was edited out.
Big studios like Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros. may be reluctant to include more explicit LGBTQ characters for fear of offending some fans or banning the films in more culturally conservative countries.
A pattern: Previous superhero films, including Avengers: Endgame and Thor: Ragnarok, have been derided for containing references to LGBTQ characters while refusing to make their sexuality explicit; Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok
The question of whether Catwoman in The Batman is bisexual doesn’t seem to bother reviewers now, as the film currently boasts an impressive 87 percent re-rating from critics polled by Rotten Tomatoes.
Though some preview viewers complained that the film lasts four minutes under three hours – credits included – and others scoffed at its dark visual style, the noir-influenced tone has appealed to many critics.
Vulture’s Bilge Ebiri praised The Batman’s dark tone, which she felt was appropriate given Batman is the “saddest of heroes”.
NPR critic Glen Weldon hailed the film for ignoring some of the cliche traits of Batman films by skipping the deaths of Bruce Wayne’s parents.
Slate’s Dana Stevens noted the “emotional power” of how The Batman turned its title character into a “Hamlet-like heir unable to get over the primal shock of his parents’ murder,” and she also praised Zoë as a welcome one A change from a parade of male antagonists.
Big fans: The question of whether Catwoman in The Batman is bisexual doesn’t seem to bother critics now that the film currently boasts an impressive 87 percent re-rating from critics polled by Rotten Tomatoes
First impression: Slate’s Dana Stevens praised Zoë as a welcome change from a parade of male antagonists