Interviews , Film

'The Batman' Stars Robert Pattinson And Zoë Kravitz On Developing The 'Equality' Of Bruce Wayne And Selina Kyle's Story

There's a new Batman and Catwoman in town! Matt Reeves' The Batman, the latest DC Comics standalone flick, sees Robert Pattinson on the dual role of "Gotham City’s vigilante detective and his alter ego, reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne."

Alongside Patton is Zoë Kravitz as a pre-Catwoman Selina Kyle, who begrudgingly teams with Wayne as they look to take down key members of the city's grimy underbelly. The film also stars Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro and Jayme Lawson.

Shadow and Act spoke to cast members ahead of the premiere and we asked Pattinson and Kravitz about the Bruce Wayne-Selina Kyle dynamic and the origin story that doesn't truly start at the beginning, but still spends early time with the characters.

"I think I would have still been excited to play the part if she had one, one scene [laughs], you know, she's such a wonderful character," Kravitz said of Kyle having a major presence in the movie like a co-lead. "I was very lucky that Matt was really interested in exploring Selina Kyle as a human being, and I think she's a very important part of Batman story, his arc and his growth. It's a really special thing to be able to explore Catwoman before she is Catwoman too. I think a lot of people are expecting Catwoman, [but] they're going to get Selena and, getting that time with her is really special and exciting."

On being able to shape Batman, Pattinson told us, "It's kind of interesting to start with a character who thinks he knows who he is at the beginning of the story. Then, he realizes he doesn't really know what he's doing at all and kind of has to rebuild. If you've made the decision to be Batman in your life, it's a pretty big commitment. And then to suddenly realize throughout the course of a week, where our story's set, that you have to reevaluate your entire reality, by the end of it was a really interesting way of starting a new version of the story. And it's very kind of bold and brave of Matt as well."

The two actors were also excited to take on this partnership and rapport that the characters share as well.

"It's so complex and that's a delightful thing to have to play," she explained. "[It's how] relationships are like...they're all the things all at once-- and I think it's really interesting to watch two characters challenge each other the way that we do."

"There's an equality to it as well," Pattison added. "So the relationship, it's not like Batman is the one who's totally in control of the narrative. And then it's kind [like] of he's really need something [and] doesn't exactly know what it is, but he needs something from Selena, and it's interesting for him to find out what it is."

Watch the full interviews, including our chats with Farrell, Wright, Dano and Turturro, in the video above.

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