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Zoë Kravitz and The Batman director Matt Reeves disagree on whether Catwoman is queer

Emily Chudy March 1, 2022
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Zoë Kravitz says her Catwoman is bisexual

Zoë Kravitz says her Catwoman is bisexual (Lia Toby/Getty Images)

The Batman star Zoë Kravitz says she interpreted her Catwoman as being queer.

Though Catwoman has come out as bisexual in the DC comics, the iconic character has been consistently portrayed as heterosexual on screen.

There’s a slight nod towards Catwoman being queer in DC Films’ latest effort, The Batman – she calls another woman, Anika, her “baby”.

Zoë Kravitz has confirmed that she took the moment to mean Catwoman and Anika “had some kind of romantic relationship”.

“That’s definitely the way I interpreted that,” she told Pedestrian TV.

Disappointingly, Anika is simply referred to as a “friend” in the film, so it appears the character’s queer nod is all in the interpretation, rather than being explicitly shown.

(Lia Toby/Getty Images)

Matt Reeves, director of The Batman, told Pedestrian TV: “In terms of her relationship with Anika, I spoke to Zoë very early on and one of the things she said which I loved was that: ‘She’s drawn to strays because she was a stray and so she really wants to care for these strays… she actually represents this connection that she has to her mother who she lost’.”

He added: “I don’t think we meant to go directly in that way (Catwoman being bisexual), but you can interpret it that way for sure.

“She has an intimacy with that character and it’s a tremendous and deep caring for that character, moreso than a sexual thing, but there was meant to be quite an intimate relationship between them.”

Fans of Batman were delighted last year when the hero’s iconic sidekick Robin came out as bisexual in the comics.

Batman: Urban Legends #6 – by writer Meghan Fitzmartin, artist Belén Ortega, colourist Alejandro Sánchez and letterer Pat Brosseau – saw Tim Drake (aka Robin) rescue his old friend Bernard from a kidnapping, then agreeing to go on a date with him.

A Batman fan said on Twitter: “Tim Drake finally coming out is so inspiring, DC never wanted a queer Robin but after years and years of campaigning from writers and fans it finally happened.”

 

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