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Robert Pattinson’s Batman Is Inspired By Kurt Cobain, Said Director Matt Reeves

The new version of Bruce Wayne that we will see in The Batman was heavily influenced by Kurt Cobain. This is what director Matt Reeves confessed in an in-depth analysis by Empire magazine, where he explained how fundamental the songs of Nirvana’s late leader were in shaping the vision of this new incarnation of the DC superhero.

Source: Empire

The influence of the legendary grunge band in The Batman had already been revealed with the first official trailer of the film. One of the strengths of this is undoubtedly the soundtrack, which offers an effective rearranged version of the melancholy and alienating “Something In The Way”, taken from one of the most famous albums of the band, Nevermind, released in 1991.

Reeves told the magazine how the idea was born and how it developed: “When I write, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana’s “Something In The Way”. 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.”

Last Days, despite having fictional names and not being officially a biographical film, is a work strongly inspired by the last days of confinement and the subsequent tragic departure of Kurt Cobain himself.

Source: Empire

The director then returned to the reason why they chose Robert Pattinson for the leading role: “In that movie you could really feel his vulnerability and desperation, but you could also feel his power. I thought that was a great mix. He’s also got that Kurt Cobain thing, where he looks like a rock star, but you also feel like he could be a recluse.”

That concept was reaffirmed once again by Pattinson himself, who stated in an interview with Empire: “Bruce has been hiding away. He’s not really a socialite at all. He’s building all these little contraptions and things, just with Alfred. And even Alfred thinks he’s gone insane! He’s been out every single night for two years, getting beaten up and shot and stabbed and burnt, and it shows. There’s a bullet graze on the cowl, right at the beginning. I don’t think that’s been done before.”

Source: Empire

Directed by Matt Reeves and written by writer-prodigy Mattson Tomlin with the contribution of Reeves himself, The Batman will be set in a new universe detached from the DC Extended Universe, or the one known as Earth-Two. The cast will star Robert Pattinson as a young Bruce Wayne in his second year as a masked vigilante. In addition to the Dark Knight, we will also see Zoë Kravitz portraying Selina Kyle, as well as Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot aka Penguin and Paul Dano as the film’s main villain, the Riddler. Other names involved include John Turturro as boss Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, Peter Sarsgaard as District Attorney Gil Colson, while actress Jayme Lawson will make her debut with a new character called Bella Real.

The movie will hit theaters on March 4, 2022.