Many have wondered what version of Batman we will be getting in The Batman from director Matt Reeves. The trailers have shown a dark, brooding, and brutal version who is still in the early stages of becoming the caped crusader. While Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne will be learning how to become this hero, Reeves has confirmed that audiences will not be seeing another Batman origin story.
Speaking with Esquire, Reeves discussed many aspects behind the development of The Batman, including his writing process and the many inspirations behind this film. In this discussion, Reeves said that he didn’t want to see the origin story in another reboot of this character.
“We’ve seen it so many times,” Reeves says. “It’s been done too much. I knew we couldn’t do that.”
Reeves said that during the writing process, he became very intrigued with the version of Batman in Batman: Year One, a comic book series written by Frank Miller and artist David Mazzucchelli, that follows a young Bruce Wayne figuring out how to be the vigilante hero. It has a detective-noir style and gritty, crime-filled streets of Gotham. Reeves also said that he found ideas for this version of Batman from listening to Nirvana.
Matt Reeves Found Batman Inspiration From Nirvana
“Early on, when I was writing, I started listening to Nirvana, and there was something about [Nevermind song] ‘Something in the Way’, which is in the first trailer, which is part of the voice of that character. When I considered, ‘How do you do Bruce Wayne in a way that hasn’t been seen before?’ I started thinking, ‘What if some tragedy happened [ie: Wayne sees his parents murdered] and this guy becomes so reclusive, we don’t know what he’s doing? Is this guy some kind of wayward, reckless, drug addict?’ And the truth is that he is a kind of drug addict. His drug is his addiction to this drive for revenge. He’s like a Batman Kurt Cobain.”
The Batman origin story has been done plenty of times up to this point. For those who don’t know, Bruce Wayne’s parents were killed in an alley right in front of him, causing him to have a desire to clean up the streets of Gotham. This was shown in Batman (1989), Batman Forever, Batman Begins, and Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Even Joker managed to squeeze it into the film.
Reeves doesn’t need to show this again, considering most audiences are already familiar with it. Plus, it’s been shown that these characters don’t need origin stories for audiences to become invested. The MCU has found great success with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, who did not have a traditional origin story, considering how many times the character’s been rebooted.
The Batman flies into theaters on March 4.