‘The Batman’ Director Discusses Future Of Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne Persona

It might just be a phase...

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The Batman director Matt Reeves recently talked about the growth of Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne persona in the future.

Most can agree Matt Reeves’ take on the Dark Knight in The Batman is pretty faithful to most versions of the character in the comics, but the director also took a different approach with Robert Pattinson’s Kurt Cobain-inspired Bruce Wayne in the film. On The Treatment podcast, The Batman filmmaker teased Pattinson’s Bruce might adopt the playboy persona in future installments:

“One of the things that was interesting to me was to focus on not an origin tale because we’d seen Burton had done that so well, and Nolan did it so well. I wanted to do an early years “Batman” and Bruce Wayne. And it was important to me that while it wasn’t an origin story, he was, in the early years of what he was doing, and was still trying to make sense of himself, was still a young man trying to put himself together and find a way to function. This idea of not yet understanding even the asset that being Bruce Wayne could be, the way that other iterations of the character have where they realize, oh, I can be Bruce Wayne, and that can be another kind of mask. He’s just not together enough yet to even understand how valuable that’s gonna be.”

Matt Reeves also explained why he decided to go in the direction he did with Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne in The Batman:

“I was interested in the idea of him being at a stage where he couldn’t bear the weight of the history of being part of the Waynes. I thought he could be kind of like a member of the Kennedy family like American royalty, or what a British royal would be in the wake of a tragedy and how there was a lens being put on you because of a family tragedy that you could never escape. And so his response would be to want to withdraw from all of that and not understand that in the mission of what he was trying to do to try and make sense of his life, he might be able to use that as a kind of mask or or guise, that might be useful. He can’t figure any of that out yet.”

The Batman director Matt Reeves continued to delve deeper into the character arc of Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne on the podcast:

“This whole movie is about him coming into being. It’s not about him mastering himself. Of course, it’s a fantastical notion that you could master yourself. I mean, nobody masters themselves. What was really interesting was seeing somebody who was trying to master himself, but had a tremendous amount of what he was doing that he didn’t yet even have awareness of. He wasn’t aware of his motivations. And I was thinking about the idea of masks and sort of Jungian psychology and him being driven by his shadow side. That whole idea that in Jungian psychology, you’re supposed to make yourself aware of those shadow impulses so that you’re able to incorporate them into your life. I like the idea of him being at this stage in his life, where he really wasn’t seeing that, and he didn’t understand everything that was driving him because he was in a kind of emotional freefall.”

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 and Bruce Wayne, 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, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, and Barry Keoghan as The Joker.

The Batman is playing in theaters now. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne after The Batman, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: The Treatment

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.