‘The Batman’ director reveals new Bruce Wayne inspired by Kurt Cobain


Robert Pattinson and Kurt Cobain. Image: AFP Relaxnews / Chris Delmas, AP / Robert Sorbo

Actor Robert Pattinson will play a version of Batman inspired by Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of iconic 90s grunge band Nirvana.

Matt Reeves, the film’s director and screenwriter, revealed he was listening to Nirvana’s “Something in the Way” while writing the first act of “The Batman.” This ultimately shaped his version of the Caped Crusader, he confessed in an exclusive interview with Empire last Saturday, December 18.

“That’s when I thought that, rather than making Bruce Wayne the playboy version that we’ve seen before, there’s another version that went through great tragedy and became a recluse. So I started to make this connection with Last Days by Gus Van Sant and the idea that this fictional version of Kurt Cobain is in this kind of decaying mansion, ”explained the director.

“Something in the Way” was then used for the film’s DC FanDome Teaser, much to the audience’s surprise.

Reeves also said that Pattinson’s performance in the A24 crime thriller “Good Time” made him realize that Pattinson was worthy of his more vulnerable but powerful version of the comic book icon.

“He also has this Kurt Cobain thing, where he looks like a rock star, but it also feels like he could be a recluse,” he said of the actor.

“The Batman” is slated to hit theaters on March 4, 2022. Produced by Warner Brothers Studios, it also stars Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman / Selina Kyle, Andy Serkis as Alfred and Colin Farrell as Penguin. Sam Mayoralgo /JB

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