After the famous portrayal of Ben Affleck as Batman in three DCEU movies, 2021's The Batman is set to reintroduce fans to a new (and younger) version of the caped crusader with Robert Pattinson donning the cape and cowl. Not much is known about the overall outlook of the 2021 flick but it has been confirmed that it will explore the early crime-fighting years of the Dark Knight while also bringing along iconic villains such as The Riddler (Paul Dano), Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz).
Filming for the movie started early this year, but it was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the stoppage didn't stop several outlets from revealing set photos from the early days of filming, which included fresh looks at Pattinson's Batman suit, bat weapons, and an early look at Kravitz's Catwoman suit. While the set photos didn't reveal much, the aforementioned Catsuit has been a hot topic among fans. Given the current situation, it seems that it will be a while before the official reveal of Catwoman's costume in the film, but that hasn't stopped Kravitz from sharing interesting details about it.
In an interview with Happy, Sad, Confused Podcast, Zoë Kravitz opened up about the behind-the-scenes creation of The Batman's intended Catsuit for Catwoman. Kravitz revealed that she was part of the process of designing the suit while also teasing that "there are references to the year of comic we're dealing with."
It's funny, I really didn't think about how difficult it is to make something like a cat-suit original - like how to reinvent the jean jacket, you know? But Jacqueline Durran - our everything costume designer - is just a genius. It was cool to be part of the process, because sometimes with films this big, it can be very much 'put this on, stand over there, and say this.' And Matt [Reeves] is very much about the process, the whole thing [designing the suit] began with conversations between me, Matt, and Jacqueline. We kinda birthed this thing together. And there are references to the year of comic we're dealing with. It's cool! If this [the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown] hadn't happened, it would've already come out by now. I love it!
WHAT THIS MEANS
Through the years, there have been many iterations of the Catsuit across all forms of media. From TV to animation up to the movies, a wide array of catsuits have been showcased to exhibit the Catwoman persona. This is why the suit remains to be a big deal for fans and critics to the overall outlook of the character.
With the case of Kravitz's Catwoman, the actress has already shown her dedication to the character by sporting a familiar short hair look that mimics Selina Kyle from the comics. Now, the reveal of her involvement with the suit creation process for the character should solidify her commitment to the role even more. The comments of Kravitz also alludes to the unique approach of The Batman director Matt Reeves when it comes to opening up the creative process of the film to the cast.
The tease from Kravitz about the catsuit taking inspiration from past iterations of the costume should be an exciting prospect for fans. With a wide array of Catwoman suits to choose from, there is a chance that the film's catsuit could give tribute to the past while also displaying its own flavor to the complex personality of the character.
There is no word yet if an official reveal for Kravitz's Catsuit is in the cards, but the looming presence of DC FanDome should present a great opportunity to finally unveil the film's take on the famous costume.