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Michelle Pfeiffer Has The Most Practical Piece Of Advice For Zoë Kravitz About Playing Catwoman

Michelle Pfeiffer Has The Most Practical Piece Of Advice For Zoë Kravitz About Playing Catwoman
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It was recently announced that Big Little Lies star Zoë Kravitz will be taking on the role of the villainous Catwoman in the upcoming film The Batman.

Kravitz's casting has been met with a lot of supportive buzz, as fellow actresses who have taken on the iconic role have reached out to give their congratulations.

Halle Berry, who famously played the role in the widely-panned 2004 film Catwoman, said in a series of Instagram stories:

"Special #WCW shout-out to your new #CatWoman, the eternally graceful & extremely bad a** @zoeisabellakravitz [sic]. Keep shining Queen & welcome to the family! #CatWoman [sic]."

Anne Hathaway, who portrayed the character in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, also gave a shout out to Kravitz on Instagram with a joke about Selena Kyle AKA Catwoman's supposed nine lives, saying:

"The biggest congrats to @zoeisabellakravitz on landing the role of a lifetime. Well, one life anyway...⁣⁣
Enjoy the ride, Selina 💋 #Catwoman."

Ironically, Kravitz revealed in a 2015 interview with Nylon magazine that she was unable to get an audition for a small role in Nolan's film because she was too "urban."

"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 told Nylon.

"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?'"


Michelle Pfeiffer, who sizzled in the role in 1992's Batman Returns opposite Batman Michael Keaton, was on Good Morning America on Tuesday when host Michael Strahan brought up Kravitz's casting.

"I'm so excited," Pfeiffer told Strahan.

When asked if she had any advice for Kravitz, Pfeiffer gave some unexpected advice:

"Make sure, whilst designing the costume, they consider how you're going to go to the bathroom."


"That's not what I was thinking you were going to say," a flustered Strahan responded.

Pfeiffer's Catwoman costume was notoriously difficult to take on and off.

She often spent between 12 and 14 hours in costume with just one bathroom break at lunch. And when putting the costume on, she had to cover her entire body in powder.

And to top it all off, she had to be covered in liquid silicone to get the shine of the costume just right.

That's enough to drive anyone mad.


And it seems other actors who've played superheroes in tight costumes would agree with Pfeiffer's sentiments.

It's a tough gig.

But still, we can't wait for Kravitz to sink her teeth (and claws) into the role.

Congratulations, Zoë!


Relive Pfeiffer's iconic turn as the Cat with Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology(Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin) available here.


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