There are only a few comic book characters that are often recast over and over and over again; Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, The Joker, and Catwoman. These characters have transcended generations for their appeal with new actors adding a little something extra to the table. The Batman is the latest in a long line of comic book movie reboots focusing on the Dark Knight and the feline femme fatale, Selina Kyle.
And of course, that leads to debate; is Robert Pattinson’s Batman and Zoe Kravitz’s the best iterations of the characters yet? The short answer is yes and no. Here’s the long answer to why.
Robert Pattinson is undoubtedly a GREAT Batman, in fact, his take on the caped vigilante is my favorite of all the live-action Batman portrayals. He’s the first Batman who actually feels like a detective, his intimidatingly mysterious presence felt so perfect for the character, and the way Pattinson carried himself in the role was utterly magnetic.
However, he needs a bit more development on the Bruce Wayne side of things for him to really cement his place as my favorite iteration of Batman definitively. I understand that this version of Wayne is darker like a goth teenager but until we start seeing Bruce embrace his family legacy and become a bit of a polished businessman I still can’t say he’s the best.
Frankly, my favorite Batman is undoubtedly Will Arnett’s Lego Batman.
He’s absolutely hilarious and just so darn likable.
But if we’re sticking to live-action versions of Batman Michael Keaton still reigns supreme.
He, first of all, really divided a line between the Bruce Wayne/Batman personas. Secondly, he’s been the template as Batman since 1989. He was the first one to make Batman a serious character and he did a great job!
As soon as Robert Pattinson’s Batman becomes a great Bruce Wayne though he will undoubtedly be MY Batman.
And then there’s Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman.
Zoe Kravitz absolutely crushed it as Selina Kyle in this movie. Her story was a perfect addition to the overall movie and she stole the show in every scene she graced. And yes, I do believe she is the best Catwoman we’ve gotten so far.
Michelle Pfeiffer’s iteration of the character was undoubtedly the most feline and meow-tastic. She, like Michael Keaton, also did a great job at establishing the divide between her Selina Kyle and Catwoman personas.
Anne Hathaway’s version of the character used to be my favorite iteration with her blade heels, lovably snarky attitude, and her awesome leather suit.
And yet, even these two lovely ladies couldn’t hold a candle to Kravitz’s version.
I just absolutely loved how Zoe Kravitz portrayed this character as more than just hot stuff (and she definitely shattered the hot meter.) She was an absolute boss and more than capable of handling herself. She hasn’t fully evolved into Catwoman yet, whip and all, but that’s fine. Hopefully, we’ll get that development in a spinoff series on HBO Max.
So there you have it. Where would you rank them in your Batman and Catwoman list? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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