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

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When the first trailer for the batter hit what feels like an eternity ago, it didn’t take long for fans to become attached to the orchestral version of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way”. In the same way that people now associate Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” with: Thor Ragnarok, Robert Pattinson’s upcoming DC movie has a musical chain that can surpass any musical excellence Michael Giacchino will take care of the film itself.

Speak with Empire Magazine for their cover story on the new Dark Knight movie, director-writer Matt Reeves admitted that the 1991 song was pivotal in helping him craft the slightly new take on Bruce Wayne, due out in a few months. Like anyone in a creative field, Reeves puts music on when he writes, and he had the song on while making the first act. “Instead of Bruce making the playboy version we’ve seen before, there’s another version that went through a great tragedy and turned into a recluse. So I started to make a connection with Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, and the idea that this fictional version of Kurt Cobain would be in this kind of dilapidated mansion.”

After seeing the 2017 heist movie Good Time at the time he was writing the film, it was Pattinson’s performance as lead villain Connie Nikas that made Reeves the actor go in search of Batman. The director described Pattinson as someone with “that Kurt Cobain thing, where he looks like a rock star, but you also feel like he could be a recluse.” (Reeves for sure is not wrong in that area.)

Stills showing Bruce without a mask really played up how unassembled he looks, and Pattinson opened up about how his Bruce really isolates himself from the outside world. Having only been a Batman for a handful of years, he is fully committed to his mission to save Gotham and doesn’t take the time to pretend to be Gotham’s golden boy. “Bruce is hiding,” Pattinson explained. “He’s been out every night for two years and got beat up and shot and stabbed and burned, and it shows… even Alfred thinks he’s crazy.”

A more reclusive Bruce Wayne is something that hasn’t really been done on screen in recent years; Dark Knight Rises really only mentions it in passing before Bruce decides to go out again as Gotham’s golden boy, and Ben Affleck’s brief tenure with the character seems like he’s struck a pretty good balance between his two lives. As small as the difference may seem, a more withdrawn Bruce draws a clear (and hopefully) more interesting line between him and other incarnations of the character. And if that fails, he’ll just be a man simmering in his house of darkness with no parents.

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The Batman hits theaters on March 4, 2022.

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