When fans first got a glimpse of Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne in 2022’s forthcoming The Batman movie, a lot was made of his look. Many complained that he was playing an emo Batman. But it turns out he’s actually playing grunge Batman.
Matt Reeves, the writer, and director of The Batman, recently explained the inspiration behind his take on the rich orphan turned masked vigilante, and it’s not My Chemical Romance. It’s Nirvana.
Speaking to Empire about his highly-anticipated take on the dark knight, Reeves revealed exactly how Nirvana, and in particular, late lead singer Kurt Cobain served as inspiration for his version of Batman.
“When I write, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way,’” he explained. “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 [2005 film] Last Days, and the idea of this fictionalized version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor.”
He went on to explain why he knew Pattinson was the right person for this new incarnation of the beloved character. It was after he saw Pattinson’s performance in Good Time.
“In that movie you could really feel his vulnerability and desperation, but you could also feel his power,” he said. “I thought that was a great mix. He’s also got that Kurt Cobain thing, where he looks like a rock star, but you also feel like he could be a recluse.”
Pattinson has never been a rock star, but he has been a heartthrob, thanks to his time in the Twilight universe. Since that franchise ended, he has gone the character actor route, taking grittier roles that emphasized his acting skills more than his looks. For his role as Bruce Wayne and Batman, he’ll need to draw on his matinee-idol appearance and his acting chops.
We can’t wait to see how he does. But more importantly, does this mean Eddie Vedder inspired The Riddler?