According to the film’s director Matt Reeves, Robert Pattinson’s turn as Batman’s daytime alter-ego Bruce Wayne was inspired by a Nirvana song. In an interview with Empire, the upcoming The Batman movie director states that “Something In The Way” was playing while he opened the first act.
“Something In The Way” was part of Nirvana’s 1991 album ‘Nevermind.’ Sung by the band’s late frontman Kurt Cobain, the song is melancholy, bordering on somber, fitting considering the upfront dark tone this new Batman flick is taking.
Reeves expanded on the revelation saying,
“That’s when it came to me that, rather than make Bruce Wayne the playboy version we’ve seen before, there’s another version who had gone through a great tragedy and become a recluse. So I started making this connection to Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, and the idea of this fictionalized version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor.”
I can dig it. Bale and Keaton had moroseness written into their versions of Bruce Wayne, but we’ve yet to see a genuinely reclusive man behind the mask. With no other guidance aside from Alfred, will this Batman break the code that keeps him one level above the criminals he batters?
We’ll find out on March 4th next year. We already know that the Riddler is much more sinister this time around, looking more like the Zodiac Killer than the rogue Frank Gorshin made so iconic in the 1960s. At least Reeves didn’t go the route that Gotham did. How did that show managed to waste so many opportunities?!
If you’re having trouble remembering what “Something In The Way” sounded like, I’ve linked the song below from the band’s official YouTube channel.
What are your thoughts on the darker Dark Knight? A move in the right direction after Bale, Affleck, and Keaton? Or is going too deep into the abyss a recipe for disaster? Let us know your opinions in the comments section.
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