GWW has posted a rumored shortlist of actresses that could be considered for the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the Batman reboot movie from writer/director Matt Reeves.
The ladies on this list include Marvel actresses Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Tessa Thompson (Thor: Love and Thunder, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Endgame). Other names mentioned are Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox, Black Mirror), Alexandra Shipp (Dark Phoenix, X-Men: Apocalypse), and Logan Browning (Dear White People, Powers).
Keep in mind, it’s possible that someone else could ultimately land the Catwoman role that isn’t even mentioned here. GWW had previously stated that Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress Vanessa Kirby was being looked at for the part as Warner Bros. obviously is now looking at women of color to play Selina Kyle instead.
HeroicHollywood first mentioned that the studio was now interested in non-white actresses and was later backed-up by Variety’s Justin Kroll on the Barstool podcast My Mom’s Basement.
Anne Hathaway was the last actress to play the on-screen version of the character in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.
Hiring a black actress would be a huge nod to actress Eartha Kitt, who was one of two actresses that played Catwoman in the Adam West television series.
Reeves seems to be a big fan of the original series as he’s posted images of original costumes from the show (including Kitt’s costume) on his Twitter account potentially telegraphing the film’s villains being The Riddler, The Penguin, and Catwoman all full-year ago.
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) September 9, 2018
Robert Pattinson will play Bruce Wayne/Batman and Jeffrey Wright will play Commissioner Jim Gordon. Jonah Hill is still in talks to play one of the main villains with the options being either The Riddler or The Penguin.
Production will take place next year at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Watford, England.
The Batman is set to be officially released on June 25th, 2021 by Warner Bros.