Halle Berry wants to direct a new Catwoman movie with Bruised under belt

Regardless of being among the most notorious comics films of perpetuity, Halle Berry desires another fracture at Catwoman. Other than this time, she likewise wishes to being in the director’s chair.

Coming off her directorial launching, the current Netflix movie Bruised, Berry meant her aspirations to Vanity Fair throughout a profession retrospective. From modeling in Chicago to being the very first (and still just) Black lady to win an Oscar for Finest Starlet, Berry’s profession has actually had reasonable variety of high highs and ho-hum lows. There are important favorites like Presenting Dorothy Dandridge and Beast’s Ball, and after that there is a film where the fallout would make lots of wish to forget the entire thing. However in the interview, Berry challenges Catwoman, her unfortunate 2004 DC Comics film.

Halle berry pointing a finger at a bad guy in Catwoman

Image: Warner Bros Pictures

“I would definitely direct the next Catwoman, she says. “I think I would redeem myself. As a filmmaker now, I would totally change the story. I would change the characters. I would have Catwoman saving the world from some catastrophe, like male comic book characters get to do.”

As noted in Polygon’s Bruised review, Berry’s original Catwoman, directed by Pitof, “let her kick ass, but asked barely anything of her dramatically.” The DC comic book film cast Berry as mild-mannered Patience Phillips, who transforms into the mysterious and alluring Catwoman. Sitting with a nine percent on Rotten Tomatoes, everyone seemed to agree the movie had more than its fair share of problems.

Initially envisioned as a continuation of Tim Burton’s Batman movies, the first idea for a Catwoman movie saw Michelle Pfeiffer’s character temporarily leaving Gotham for a desert resort known as Oasisburg. Meant to be an adult portrayal, it stood in stark contrast to what Warner Bros. wanted out of DC Comics at the time, which was more family-friendly fare like 1995’s Batman Forever.

Pfeiffer eventually bailed from the standalone, prompting WB to reportedly offer the role to Ashley Judd, who also eventually passed. The project languished in so-called Development Hell until Berry came aboard, moving on from a failed attempt to spin off her character Jinx in the James Bond movie Die Another Day.

WB hired Pitof, a French visual effects supervisor with one movie under his belt at the time, to helm the Berry vehicle. He certainly had a vision, wanting to focus heavily on the “cat” part of Catwoman. Choreographer Anne Fletcher was brought onto the film to help Berry act, and even think, like a cat.

“Pitof wanted Catwoman’s physicality to be as real as possible,” Fletcher said in a 2003 interview. “He said that she’s a woman first and a cat second, but he wanted to see how cat-like a human body could become.” For research, Berry watched hours of cat footage and spent time with the movie’s animal handler.

How cat-like a human body can become is not something earnestly explored in Pitof’s Catwoman. What is explored, rather, is how confusing a single scene of Halle Berry and Benjamin Bratt playing basketball can become. The shots don’t feel like a ’90s music video so much as the result of someone explaining the concept of a ’90s music video to a friend in a loud restaurant, and Pitof, having overheard the conversation, going off and trying to remember the details.

Beyond direction trying way too hard, the movie didn’t leave Berry much to work with. As noted in a 2016 academic paper by Caroline Heldman, Laura Lazarus Frankel, and Jennifer Holmes on female protagonists, the movie presents Catwoman’s “agency, power, and freedom as derivative of her hypersexualization,” leaving Berry’s character “without core identity.” That isn’t too far off from what costume designer Angus Strathie, as detailed in the film’s press notes published during release, envisioned. “We wanted a very reality-based wardrobe to show the progression from demure, repressed Patience to the sensual awakening of a sexy warrior goddess,” he said.

Catwoman was a critical and commercial flop, eventually winning Berry the Razzie for Worst Actress of the Year. Commenting on the important of being a “good loser” in Vanity Fair, she looks back with pride on her decision to attend the event. “If I can show up to collect an Oscar when you’re honoring me, I can certainly show up to collect a Razzie when you say, good try, but do better,” she states. After the show, she set her Razzie on fire.

It’s highly unlikely that Berry would continue down Pitof’s road. Rather, her more recent roles, like in Bruised and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum provide much better hints. In the Vanity Fair profession breakdown, Berry applauds Parabellum co-star Keanu Reeves for doing his own stunts along with her, revealing that “age is just a number.” Berry appears more stimulated by the “gritty” and real worlds seen in John Wick and Bruised, so it stands to factor that her Catwoman would be something comparable.

While the extensive procedure of directing herself doesn’t appear to be something Berry aspires to repeat, her work with Spike Lee early in both of their professions taught her to “never say never.” Yes, Zoë Kravitz is set to play Catwoman/Selina Kyle in the upcoming DC reboot The Batman, however … if Zack Snyder can get a 2nd chance at Justice League, why not offer Halle Berry another address Catwoman?

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.