Director Matt Reeves Reveals How Nirvana Inspired ‘The Batman’

Kurt Cobain with an addiction to revenge!

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Matt Reeves has opened up on how the band Nirvana and lead singer Kurt Cobain inspired his version of Bruce Wayne in The Batman.

With The Batman due for release in less than two months, many are wondering how Matt Reeves’ and Robert Pattinson’s version of the caped crusader will stack up to other adaptations. Some feel that it looks like the most original take on the character yet while others feel it is too derivative of other works. Regardless, Warner Bros’ marketing team is firing on all cylinders with new clips and TV spots showing off the new version of Batman. This has, of course, extended to interviews with the director himself who has not been quiet about the film’s influences.

In previous interviews, Matt Reeves has likened the film to a horror movie but has also discussed other unexpected inspirations. In previous interviews, the director has revealed how Kurt Cobain inspired his version of Bruce Wayne in The Batman. While speaking to Esquire, he went further with this, suggesting that he was addicted to a desire for revenge the way others may be addicted to drugs and alcohol:

“Early on, when I was writing, I started listening to Nirvana, and there was something about [Nevermind song] ‘Something in the Way’, which is in the first trailer, which is part of the voice of that character. When I considered, ‘How do you do Bruce Wayne in a way that hasn’t been seen before?’ I started thinking, ‘What if some tragedy happened [ie: Wayne sees his parents murdered] and this guy becomes so reclusive, we don’t know what he’s doing? Is this guy some kind of wayward, reckless, drug addict?’ And the truth is that he is a kind of drug addict. His drug is his addiction to this drive for revenge. He’s like a Batman Kurt Cobain.”

Here is the synopsis for The Batman:

Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.

Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.

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Source: Esquire

Trey Griffeth

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