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Zoë Kravitz Backtracks After Claiming She Was Told She Was Too ‘Urban’ For 2012 Batman Role

"... I wasn’t able to read because of the color of my skin."
Zoë Kravitz attends "The Batman" World Premiere on March 01, 2022 in New York City.
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“The Batman” actress Zoë Kravitz is backtracking from comments she made to The Guardian about allegedly being dismissed for a role in “The Dark Knight Rises” for being too “urban,” which the 33 year old suggested was code for being black.

Here’s the related conversation Kravitz had with The Guardian, according to the left-leaning news outlet (emphasis added):

One rejection stands out. In 2012, Kravitz attempted to audition for the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, but was told she was too “urban” for the role. “I don’t know if it came directly from Chris Nolan,” she says, anxious not to impugn the reputation of an award-winning director. “I think it was probably a casting director of some kind, or a casting director’s assistant… Being a woman of colour and being an actor and being told at that time that I wasn’t able to read 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.”

Days later though, the actress is backtracking.

“I was NOT told I was too urban to play Catwoman in the ‘Dark Knight [Rises]’,” Kravitz posted to her Instagram stories, according to Paper magazine. “It would have made NO sense for me to even be considered for that role at that time. I wanted to AUDITION for a small part in the film and was told (I do not know who said this but this was how it was worded to me) that they were not going ‘urban’ on the part. This is something I heard a lot 10 years ago — it was a very different time.”

“I did not mention this to point any fingers or make anyone seem racist, namely Chris Nolan, the film’s producers or anyone on the casting team, because I truly do not believe anyone meant any harm,” she continued. “This was many years ago when words like that were thrown around very casually and although I’m very glad that we are attempting to evolve — let’s all calm down — as well as fact check before we write things that are untrue.”

Instagram: Zoe Kravitz

Before Kravitz took to Instagram to somewhat rework what she told The Guardian, Breitbart News’ John Nolte blasted the “wealthy, privileged, pampered, and beautiful” actress for playing a “victim,” instead of celebrating her success with “The Batman.” Here’s a portion of his commentary:

So imagine you’re Zoë Kravitz… You’re 33 years old, your father is Lenny Kravitz, your mother is Lisa Bonet, you grew up wealthy, privileged, pampered, and beautiful, and thanks in no small part to being born on third base, you’ve been working steadily as an actress for 15 years. Then it happens, it finally happens… Your dream comes true, the dream of every dreamer in Hollywood … [y]ou win that breakthrough role, the one that puts you over the top. 

Hey, congratulations. Seriously. Even with your countless birthright advantages, we all know you worked hard, paid your dues, put in the time, and here you are… right where you wanted to be.

But then what does Zoë Kravitz go and do? Does she thank her fans, express her gratitude, show a little humility, a little self-deprecation?


Of course not.

That’s not how it works anymore… Instead of being gracious and appreciative, on the first day after her dreams come true, we are inundated with stories about this poor little rich girl’s “trauma.” You see, Zoë Kravitz is not grateful for the fact that all her dreams just came true. Instead, she’s a — you guessed it — victim.

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