Matt Reeves, the director of The Batman, has revealed that his version of Bruce Wayne is based on Kurt Cobain.
From what we've seen of The Batman so far, it looks to provide a much darker and unhinged version of Batman, one that seems to show even less mercy to his enemies than Christian Bale's version of the character. This change in tone seems to apply to Bruce Wayne as well, who is shown to be much darker and reclusive than we've seen him before, rather than the billionaire charmer that we're used to. That's a purposeful choice, according to Matt Reeves.
Matt Reeves has opened up about the differences between his Bruce Wayne and previous versions of the character, revealing that he's actually based on Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. In an interview with Empire, Reeves said, “When I write, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way'. 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 Last Days, and the idea of this fictionalised version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor.”
Reeves also revealed that he thought Pattinson would be perfect for the role after seeing his performance in Good Time, "In that movie, you could really feel his vulnerability and desperation, but you could also feel his power. 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 also commented on his more reclusive version of Bruce Wayne, saying, "Bruce has been hiding away. He’s not really a socialite at all. He’s building all these little contraptions and things, just with Alfred. And even Alfred thinks he’s gone insane!”
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