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Catwoman’s Implied Bisexuality in ‘The Batman’ Does Not Count as Representation

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As a bisexual girl, I totally anticipated to stroll out of my screening of The Batman having skilled a good quantity of what the children on TikTok name bi panic. In spite of everything, the most recent enterprise in Gotham Metropolis stars two of the most well liked actors within the enterprise, Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, and simply hosted the sexiest press tour of 2022. Sadly, I left the theater three hours later feeling what would extra precisely be described as bi exhaustion. 

This isn’t as a result of the movie, in theaters now, wasn’t attractive—although, to be sincere, I am nonetheless ready for a Batman film that really fucks—however due to a latest interview with Kravitz that set my expectations for the movie a bit too excessive. Forward of The Batman‘s launch, Kravitz confirmed to a reporter that she “positively” interpreted her model of Catwoman as bisexual. Minor spoilers forward. 

For context, whereas Batman (Pattinson) is busy looking down a crazed serial killer focusing on crooked politicians, he types a partnership with a mysterious membership employee named Selina Kyle (Kravitz), who’s desperately trying to find a lacking girl named Annika. The viewer’s grasp of Selina’s relationship with Annika is restricted—she describes the sufferer as her “good friend” to Batman and others, although Selina calls her “child” of their first and solely scene collectively. This interplay prompted a Pedestrian reporter to ask whether or not we have been witnessing a romantic relationship.

“That is positively the best way I interpreted that, that they’d some type of romantic relationship,” Kravitz informed the reporter, who then expressed pleasure over witnessing a bisexual Catwoman, to which Kravitz stated, “I agree!” Sadly, after seeing the movie, I feel we must always maintain off on inviting Selina to Gotham’s subsequent Pleasure parade. 

I had hoped when initially studying this text that the occasion the reporter referenced was not the one indicator that Selina and Annika have been greater than mates. Maybe, I naïvely thought, they have been avoiding spoiling one other second within the movie. I ought to have continued studying director Matt Reeves’s response to Kravitz’s quote. 

“When it comes to her relationship with Annika, I spoke to Zoë very early on and one of many issues she stated, which I cherished, was that [Selina is] drawn to strays as a result of she was a stray and so she actually needs to look after these strays as a result of she does not wish to be that method anymore, and Annika is sort of a stray and she or he loves her,” Reeves informed the identical reporter. “She truly represents this connection that she has to her mom, who she misplaced.” Her mom!?

Reeves continued, “So I do not assume we meant to go immediately in that method, however you possibly can interpret it that method for certain. She has an intimacy with that character and it is a large and deep caring for that character, extra so than a sexual factor, however there was meant to be fairly an intimate relationship between them.”

Warner Bros.

Supply: Glamour

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