Sanaa Lathan Cast as Catwoman for “Harley Quinn”

Sanaa Lathan

DC Universe’s Harley Quinn starring Kaley Cuoco adds more star power to its roster through another icon in time for its October release.

Sanaa Lathan: The Purr-fect role

Actress Sanaa Lathan has been assigned to the role of master thief Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. She revealed this fact recently at the American Black Film Festival. This would be the second comic book property she’s been a part of. In 1998 she played the mother of the title character in Blade. More recent roles include AvP: Alien Vs. Predator and a guest spot on The Twilight Zone on CBS All-Access. Sanaa is also the third woman of color to take on the role of Catwoman. Halle Berry wielded the whip, albeit with a different civilian identity, in the much-panned 2008 film, Catwoman, and Eartha Kitt brought a voluptuousness to the character in the 60’s Batman television series.

As it stands there is no character design revealed, but the teaser suggests a Bruce Timm-inspired aesthetic. However, there is no word on how much depth will be paid to Selina’s character arc.

Harley’s Box of Goodies and Baddies

Lathan joins a powerful group of female cast mates that include Lake Bell (Poison Ivy), Wanda Sykes (Queen of Fables), and Natalie Morales in an unknown role. But we cannot have Gotham City without the boys, can we? Diedrich Baker reprises his role as Batman from Batman: The Brave and The Bold. He is joined by Alan Tudyk as Batman’s nemesis and Harley’s ex, The Joker. He will also portray the shape-shifting Clayface. Other cast members include Christopher Meloni of Law and Order: SVU fame as Commissioner Gordon, Giancarlo Esposito as Lex Luthor, Tony Hale as Dr. Psycho, Jason Alexander as Sy Borgman, Community actor Jim Rash as The Riddler, and Ron Fuches as King Shark.

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