Rumor: Catwoman Will Not Appear in Ben Affleck’s ‘The Batman’
For as much as Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies varied wildly in tone and aesthetics, one thing both franchises got right was the character of Catwoman. Michelle Pfeiffer played Selina Kyle in Batman Returns as a demented femme fatale, the true star of Burton’s sequel, while Anne Hathaway’s high-tech criminal was the perfect updating of the character for Nolan’s urban Batnoir. One unhinged and unbroken, the other sleek and urbane, each character stood as the perfect summary of their director’s style and vision.
And while we still don’t know much about Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman movie, we can rule out watching Affleck expose his own filmmaker’s id through Gotham’s notorious cat burglar. In a recent conversation with Erik Davis (via Heroic Hollywood), the managing editor of Fandango, actress Sienna Miller seemingly revealed that Catwoman does not appear in the script for Ben Affleck’s The Batman:
If you’re anxious to see Catwoman appear in the DC Cinematic Universe, there’s still plenty of time for her character to be introduced. Since Zack Snyder set up a bit of a flirtation between Affleck’s character and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s possible she was shelved to give more space for that relationship to develop. Maybe Warner Bros. would prefer to introduce the character as an ally of sorts in the upcoming Harley Quinn standalone movie. There is no doubt in my mind that in some darkened conference room of the Warner Bros. offices, a dry erase board exists with all the various combinations of Batman characters and how they might find their way into the franchise, and Catwoman is a name on that board.
Regardless, it’s good to hear some news about Affleck’s The Batman movie that isn’t about potential script problems. You’ll remember that Bret Easton Ellis recently claimed — and then quickly refuted — that Warner Bros. executives were privately worried about The Batman’s screenplay. Swapping rumors about what we won’t see in an upcoming movie may seem kind of silly, but it’s the normal kind of silly for a studio to engage in. It would seem that the studio’s damage control on The Batman has finally paid off.