It’s been two months since audiences got their first glimpse of Matt Reeves’ new take on Batman. Now, in a new interview with Empire magazine, Reeves shares his inspiration behind Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne.
“When I write, I listen to music, and while I was writing the first act, I put on ‘Something In The Way’ by Nirvana,” Reeves said. It was in music that Reeves decided to forgo the standard portrayal of Bruce Wayne as playboy and go for something more daring. “There is another version that went through great tragedy and became a recluse. So I started to make that connection with Gus Van Sant’s “Last Days” and the idea that this fictional version of Kurt Cobain is in this kind of decaying mansion. “
With Kurt Cobain in the lead, it only galvanized Reeves’ decision to cast Pattinson. “He’s got that Kurt Cobain thing too, where he looks like a rock star, but it also feels like he could be a recluse,” Reeves said. Because of that, the aesthetic around everything associated with the character had to change, so flashy gadgets are gone. “He’s not really a socialite at all. He builds all these little things and everything, just with Alfred, ”Reeves said.
Reeves’ cinematic influences for “The Batman” include “Chinatown”, “The French Connection” and “Taxi Driver”. “War for the Planet of the Apes” director co-wrote the screenplay with Mattson Tomlin, and “The Batman” features the cinematography of Oscar nominated DP Greig Fraser, who also filmed Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming “Dune.” as well as “Lion” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” “
Director Reeves said in April 2020 that fans shouldn’t expect orphaned young Bruce Wayne to find his calling in “The Batman.” In fact, the film is not an origin story at all.
“The thing I said in the Batman story is that he’s not a superhero in the traditional sense,” Reeves explained. “If he has any super power, it’s his ability to endure … He’s a very lively character, and to tell a version of Batman that wasn’t about how he became Batman, but about the early days of Batman … to see it from a new perspective, it was a way of doing something that wasn’t done.
“The Batman” hits theaters on March 4, 2022.
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