Vanessa Kirby, the leggy, versatile Brit that’s helped fill out the credits blocks on such films as “Mission Impossible : Fallout” and “Hobbs & Shaw”, is in contention to play Gotham’s meowing marauder, Catwoman in “The Batman”.
The news hails from the reliable (they were the first on the scene with Robert Pattinson’s anointment as Batman – and I wish they’d gotten more credit where it was due for that one), amiable gang at Geeks Worldwide, just as we’re hearing another name- Florence Pugh.
Like Kirby, another versatile Brit.
While the “Fighting with my Family” scene-stealer is high on WB’s wish list for Selina Kyle, her involvement in Marvel’s “Black Widow” – she plays the new lass being primed for the ‘Black Widow’ moniker, so it’s a big role and one that will likely require reprising in the years to come -could prove a problem. While it does happen, appearing in both a DC and Marvel franchise around the same time isn’t usually the norm… if only because the studio’s don’t care to mix commodities. Still, she remains an interest.
The Purgh tip is solid, and from a good tipster (last tip from this cat turned out to be 100% accurate), but with more and more actresses said to be meeting with the studio about the part (Vanessa Hudgens is also said to be in contention), could that “Black Widow” commitment be hurting her chances to snag the feline tail?
Interestingly enough, Kirby is slightly older than the other actresses said to be in the mix – so it could be that casting has decided to go for a Catwoman of similar age to their Batman (Pattinson).
Kirby, 31, would be the first actress to play live-action Ms Kyle since Anne Hathaway’s take in “The Dark Knight Rises”. Director Matt Reeves has promised us a ‘rogue’s gallery’ of villains in the film – and he’s not fibbing, with The Riddler, The Penguin and Two-Face also reportedly in the flick.
The film, set for a June 2021 release, kicks off principal photography early in the New Year.