Halle Berry has revealed that she knew Catwoman "wasn't quite right" while making it.
While speaking about her new film Bruised, in which she stars and makes her directorial debut, the Oscar-winning actress opened up about some of the more disappointing moments in her career, including the time her James Bond character Jinx had her spin-off movie axed.
"It was very disappointing," she said. "It was ahead of its time. Nobody was ready to sink that kind of money into a Black female action star. They just weren’t sure of its value. That’s where we were then."
Instead of her Jinx spin-off, Berry decided to take a punt on the DC anti-hero Catwoman, hoping it would lead to more diverse casting in the superhero genre.
"People said to me, 'You can’t do that. You’ve just won the Oscar,'" she said. "Because I didn’t do Jinx, I thought, 'This is a great chance for a woman of colour to be a superhero. Why wouldn’t I try this?'"
However, she soon realised that the film was flawed. "The story didn’t feel quite right," she said in reference to Sharon Stone's villain and her evil plot involving harmful cosmetics.
"I remember having that argument: ‘Why can’t Catwoman save the world like Batman and Superman do? Why is she just saving women from a face cream that cracks their face off?’ But I was just the actor for hire. I wasn’t the director. I had very little say over that."
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