The Batman is barely over the horizon, and the world awaits the newest journey from DC’s Dark Knight with eager anticipation. The epic, directed by Matt Reeves, stars Robert Pattinson and appears to be a new take on the character that, while appearing distinctive in its own right, wears its influences on its sleeve. The movie does include Bruce Wayne facing off against Gotham’s most heinous villains early in his crime-fighting journey, but it does not serve as the hero’s backstory.
At this time, the origin of Batman is well-trodden ground, with practically every form of the figure on the big screen witnessing his sad past. The only other comic character who has watched his genesis in a cinema this many times has to be a particular Marvel wall-crawler. However, it appears that the practice of viewing the deaths of Martha and Thomas Wayne on-screen is coming to a stop, at least according to some recent statements from The Batman’s director.
Not Another Batman Origin Story
The next DC movie, directed by Matt Reeves, will not be a recreation of the backstory of the Caped Crusader. “Fans have seen that origin so many times” and “they knew they couldn’t do that.” Even though this is the first movie of what may be a new Batman franchise, the director stated that “it’s been done too much,” therefore it’s time to try something fresh. This is similar to Marvel Studios’ technique for introducing Spider-Man to the MCU, which skipped over Peter Parker’s Spider bite origin narrative after fans had already seen it twice in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spidey movies.
Clutch Your Pearls, Martha
While this most certainly implies that The Batman will not feature Bruce Wayne’s early days as the Dark Knight or the terrible loss of Thomas and Martha Wayne, it does not indicate that Reeves and company will not include such themes into the movie’s larger canon. The forthcoming movie’s revealed video clearly shows that those bleak origins still occurred in this reality, but that doesn’t mean viewers need to witness it. Consider the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man flicks from Marvel Studios. Because viewers are aware of the character’s background, there was no need to portray Holland’s Peter Parker being bitten by the radioactive spider.
The directors can then play with assumptions and bring aspects from the larger canon to surprise longstanding followers based on this presumed knowledge (i.e. Aunt May giving the “With great responsibility” speech in Spider-Man: No Way Home). As a result, fans will be able to grasp where this Bruce is in his Batman journey – or at least presume where he is – and Warner will be able to throw in a few shocks here and there as the plot demands.
That is not to argue that Reeves will pull a quick one on the viewers. While he may not demonstrate how Robert Pattinson’s Bruce transforms into the Bat. As previously said, The Batman vividly depicts Bruce’s sad origin. This is a man who has been through a lot and is dealing by beating the crap out of Gotham’s most heinous villains. It is reasonable to conclude that his long-lasting hatred stems from the loss of his parents, and this is likely to be the case. However, how that death impacts the universe of The Batman may be dealt with by not depending on reusing plot elements that most viewers will be familiar with.