Posted on March 9, 2022

Zoë Kravitz Wanted to Audition for a 2012 Batman Film. She Was Told She Was Too ‘Urban’

Julian Mark, Washington Post, March 8, 2022

About a decade before Zoë Kravitz starred as Catwoman in Matt Reeves’s “The Batman,” she tried to audition for another Batman movie, Kravitz explained in a recent interview with the Observer. But at that time, Kravitz said, she couldn’t get her foot in the door, not even for a small role.

The problem?

She was too “urban,” Kravitz, 33, told the Observer of her attempt to audition for Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film “The Dark Knight Rises.”

“Being a woman of colour and being an actor and being told at that time that I wasn’t able to read [lines] because of the colour of my skin, and the word urban being thrown around like that, that was what was really hard about that moment,” she told the British newspaper.


Kravitz, the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actor Lisa Bonet, previously spoke about the audition rejection in a 2015 Nylon profile. Without specifying who made the comments, she remembered being told she wouldn’t be cast even for a small role because the film wasn’t “going urban.”

“It was like, ‘What does that have to do with anything?’ ” Kravitz told the magazine. “I have to play the role like, ‘Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on wit chu?’ ”