Director Matt Reeves has confirmed that The Batman will forego Bruce Wayne’s origin story.
Is it really a Batman movie if we don’t see Bruce Wayne’s parents get murdered in a dingy alley? Apparently so, as director Matt Reeves has revealed that The Batman will skip Bruce Wayne’s repeatedly told origin story. It’s certainly a jarring choice, as almost every live-action Batman project, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has shown the young boy seeing his parents get mowed down. In fact, 2019’s Joker even featured a scene where Thomas and Martha Wayne were offed by a Joker follower. Talk about beating a dead horse.
In a recent interview with Esquire, director Matt Reeves revealed why he decided to skip Bruce Wayne’s origin story for his brooding take on The Dark Knight.
“We’ve seen it so many times. It’s been done too much. I knew we couldn’t do that.”
Some fans might be disappointed by the news but it seems best to move on from the jarring death sequence. Besides, Bruce Wayne’s horrific origins are integral to the character, so it’s not as if the character of Batman will simply be rewritten just because his parents aren’t murdered on screen for the umpteenth time.
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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