Berry addressed the effects of “Catwoman” once more at the 2018 Matrix Awards. While accepting her award, Berry admitted that she was warned against taking the role full-stop. “Everybody around me said, ‘Girl, don’t do it. It’s going to be the death of you. It’s going to end your career,'” Berry said.
While “Catwoman” bombed miserably — and likely made it even harder for the actor to be taken seriously — Berry didn’t view it as a failure. “While it failed to most people, it wasn’t a failure for me because I met so many interesting people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise, I learned two forms of martial arts and I learned not what to do.” Plus, she made “a s*** load of money that changed my life.”
Time has been kind, in a way, to “Catwoman.” It’s since been reevaluated with the same regard as Joel Schumacher’s “Batman” movies: yes, they’re campy, but somebody out there likes them. There are merits to “Catwoman,” if you look (very) closely. For Berry, at least, it offered a lesson in trusting the process:
“Following your intuition doesn’t always mean you’re going to be successful or win the prize, but it means you’re always going to learn the exact lesson or get the exact accolades or the exact check that you’re supposed to get for yourself. Never compare that to anyone else.”