Did Halle Berry Actually Say ‘Black Panther’ Owes Its Success To Catwoman?

Holy guacamole, Batman! This absolutely sounds like clickbait.

Apr 17, 2018 · 3 min read
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The headline alleging that Halle Berry (X-Men: Days of Future Past) claimed the breakout success of Marvel’s Black Panther was owed to her 2004 film Catwoman read like 100% genuine, tabloid-style clickbait.

Fighting against the tempting urge to take it seriously, I thought Oh, no, no, no Clickbait Satan — not today!, and kept scrolling through Facebook.

But then I saw the article again a few minutes later and you know that old saying, True Believer. That’s right, curiosity killed the ‘gotdamb’ cat.

A nanosecond after clicking the link I knew that I’d been had. I’d been took! I’d been “hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok!”

But it wasn’t all bad. Chasing down the truth led me over to Twitter and what I found got me all…atwitter.

Sweet mama-baby. Pardon me whilst I obey my thirst.

On Friday April 13, Halle Berry attended the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. There she graced the stage to present the award for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character) to Master of None’s Lena Waithe.

In the lead up to the award, Berry affirmed the power of representation in the Media and how diversity benefits us as a society. “And each story builds on the next,” she continued. “It’s like that old saying goes: behind every great Black Panther is a great black Catwoman.”

Halle Berry had jokes and GLAAD attendees were there for it.

“You know, I’ve gotten a really bad rap for this role,” she purred, “and I think Catwoman deserves another goddamn chance, don’t you?” The packed audience, which included fellow comic book movie actress Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass 2), responded with supportive shouts and applause.

“I knew this room would understand,” Berry replied.

Source: GLAAD

Despite how badly the exquisite mess that is Catwoman was received––and euthanized by the box office––Berry has managed to be a great sport.

In 2005, the audience at the 25th annual Golden Raspberry award ceremony was gobsmacked to see the actress show up in the flesh to take home the Worst Actress Razzie she won (or lost) for her role in Catwoman.

The film also took Razzies in the categories of Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay.

Meanwhile, since its release in February, Black Panther has clawed a nearly unstoppable path through every measurement of success Disney could fit on a handy-dandy infographic. This includes the rank of #1 superhero film of all-time and now the third-biggest movie release of all-time.

As to whether she was actually sincere about wanting to play Catwoman again, or the statement was just a good example of a clever speech courtesy of a teleprompter, photos from the GLAAD ceremony confirm that Berry would still be absolutely purrr-fect in that strategically ripped black leather getup.

And if someone of the caliber of a Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) or Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) was in the director’s chair, it’s a safe bet that Halle Berry in the role of that pretty kitty known as Catwoman would really strut her stuff at the box office.

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Paco Taylor is a writer from Chicago. He loves old history books, Japanese giant monster movies, hip-hop, anime, comics, Kit Kats, and kung fu flicks.

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