Most Batman film adaptations usually portray the vigilante’s Bruce Wayne alter-ego as a suave playboy billionaire, but for 2022’s The Batman, director Matt Reeves and actor Robert Pattinson have gone in an entirely different direction. Speaking to Empire, Reeves revealed how Nirvana’s “Something In The Way”–which was also used in the 2020 trailer for the film–influenced the direction that the filmmaker took with this grungier incarnation of the character.
“When I write, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way,'” Reeves said. “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.”
Pattinson was the ideal actor to embody this look and emotion, according to Reeves, as his performance in the Safdie Brothers’ Good Time combined with his Kurt Cobain energy convinced the director that he had found the perfect recluse to portray a more haunted version of Bruce Wayne. Pattinson’s Batman has already spent time on the streets of Gotham facing off against the criminal underworld by the time the film starts, and he has the scars to prove it.