The Batman’s Matt Reeves Talks Nirvana Song’s Influence on Film

Robert Pattinson as Batman in The Batman, in costume and sans mask.

Image: Warner Bros.

When the primary trailer for The Batman hit what appears like eternally in the past, it didn’t take lengthy for followers to develop hooked up to the orchestral model of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.” In the identical means that folk now affiliate Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” with Thor Ragnarok, Robert Pattinson’s upcoming DC film has a musical tether that will outshine no matter musical excellence Michael Giacchino will present for the movie itself.

Speaking to Empire Magazine for his or her cowl story on the brand new Dark Knight film, director-writer Matt Reeves admitted that the 1991 tune’s been key in serving to him craft the considerably new take on Bruce Wayne that’ll present up in a number of months. Like anybody in a artistic discipline, Reeves places on music when he writes, and he had the tune on whereas crafting the primary act. “Rather than make Bruce 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 fictionalised version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor.”


Having seen the 2017 heist flick Good Time on the time he was writing the movie, it was Pattinson’s efficiency because the lead criminal Connie Nikas that made Reeves search the actor out for Batman. The director described Pattinson as having “that Kurt Cobain thing, where he looks like a rock star, but you also feel like he could be a recluse.” (Reeves undoubtedly isn’t wrong on that entrance.)

Stills exhibiting Bruce sans masks have actually been enjoying up how not put collectively he seems to be, and Pattinson opened up about how his Bruce simply actually isolates himself from the surface world. Having been Batman for less than a handful of years, he’s utterly dedicated to his mission of saving Gotham and doesn’t take the time to fake he’s Gotham’s golden boy. “Bruce has been hiding away,” Pattinson defined. “He’s been out every single night for two years, getting beaten up and shot and stabbed and burnt, and it shows….even Alfred thinks he’s insane.”

A extra reclusive Bruce Wayne is one thing that hasn’t actually been executed on display screen lately; Dark Knight Rises actually solely mentions it in passing earlier than Bruce decides to get again on the market as Gotham’s golden boy, and Ben Affleck’s quick tenure with the character looks as if he’s discovered a reasonably even steadiness between his two lives. Small of a distinction because it appears, a extra withdrawn Bruce attracts a transparent (and hopefully) extra fascinating line between him and different incarnations of the character. And failing that, he’ll simply be a man who stews in his house of darkness with no dad and mom.

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The Batman will launch in theaters on March 4, 2022.

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