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‘The Batman’ director says Kurt Cobain inspired latest take on Bruce Wayne

"The idea of this fictionalised version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor"

By Ella Kemp

Robert Pattinson as The Batman
'The Batman'. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

The Batman director Matt Reeves has opened up about Kurt Cobain’s influence on the film.

The filmmaker has shared more details on his vision for the forthcoming superhero film, explaining how the iconic Nirvana frontman inspired his take on Bruce Wayne.

“When I write, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way’,” Reeves told Empire.

“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.”

He added of his Batman: “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 praised Robert Pattinson’s performance in the Safdie brothers’ Good Time. “In that movie, you could really feel his vulnerability and desperation, but you could also feel his power,” the filmmaker 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.”

His comments come after an international trailer for ‘The Batman’ dropped last week, prompting fans to suggest that The Joker may be making an appearance in the upcoming DC film.

In the new clip, fans spotted the presence of a grinning figure in the background of a picture of Bruce Wayne – which has been interpreted as a potential hint at the Joker’s presence.

The Batman will also star Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Colin Farrell as the Penguin and more alongside Pattinson.

The film is due to be released in cinemas worldwide via Warner Bros. on March 4, 2022.