‘The Batman’ Isn’t an Origin Story, According to Director Matt Reeves

by Jeremy Spirogis
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DC followers lastly bought a glimpse into Matt Reeves’ new The Batman, despite the fact that it’s solely round 30 % accomplished filming because of COVID-19. DC FanDome debuted the primary trailer and it confirmed Robert Pattinson in considered one of his grittiest and most intense roles. Even although Bruce Wayne’s story is so well-known, this isn’t going to be an origin story. 

The new 'The Batman' logo from DC FanDome
The new ‘The Batman’ emblem from DC FanDome | Warner Bros./DC

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‘The Batman’ begins in Bruce Wayne’s second yr because the Caped Crusader

On Aug. 22, the DC FanDome excited viewers the world over with thrilling new appears to be like at DC’s upcoming motion pictures, video games, and comics. Reeves talked lots about The Batman in his 30-minute dialogue. It began with an introduction from Pattinson, who couldn’t say a lot. But Reeves was a bit extra open.

“He’s a very alive character,” Reeves mentioned of Bruce Wayne. “And to me, to tell a version of Batman where, again, it wasn’t about how he became Batman, but it’s about the early days of how he is Batman.”

Reeves defined later within the panel that even Pattinson’s costume confirmed how new, but battered, this Batman was. Not solely is the cowl and cape going to appear like a piece in progress and one thing Bruce made himself. It’s additionally going to have knicks and gashes in it, to point out his fixed state of preventing crime. 

Reeves then mentioned that the film goes to point out that he’s “far from being perfect” in his vigilante duties. 

“I felt like that was a way to do something that hasn’t been done,” Reeves mentioned. “And that was really what I was excited to be able to do in this iteration.”

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Pattinson’s Batman is an ‘experiment’ of types within the film

Even earlier than The Batman panel, it was revealed that this Batman might be in his second yr of being a vigilante. So whereas it’s not an origin story, he’s pretty new at every little thing nonetheless. 

“One of the things that I think is interesting is learning how to be Batman,” Reeves mentioned. “The whole idea is that this is all an experiment in the movie… It’s the Gotham experiment. It’s a criminological experiment; trying to figure out sort of what he can do that can finally change this place.”

As viewers meet Pattinson’s Wayne, he’s on this “mode,” within the midst of making an attempt to cease the corruption and crime in Gotham, however not likely succeeding at it. 

“He is charting what he’s doing and he’s seeing that he’s not having any of the effects that he wants to have yet,” Reeves defined. “And that is when the murders start to happen.”

The corruption, after all, goes deeper than Bruce Wayne initially thought,  besides, Reeves explains it’s a non-origin story that touches on his origin. 

Despite the bigger-than-life circumstances, Bruce Wayne is relatable to Reeves 

The trailer confirmed simply how darkish and violent this film goes to be, however that doesn’t imply Pattinson’s Caped Crusader goes to be any much less human. Despite his billionaire standing and his tech, he’s relatable, Reeves famous. 

“What excited me and the thing I related to in the Batman story was that he isn’t a superhero in the traditional sense,” Reeves mentioned. “You know, he might have a cape, but he can’t fly. He’s like you and me. But if he has a superpower, it’s the ability to endure. And not only the ability, but the kind of compulsion.” 

That tortured drive to make Gotham higher whereas additionally not essentially being a squeaky-clean superhero was a draw for Reeves. And is perhaps for followers as effectively. 

And as said earlier than, above all else, Batman is a detective, which is one thing a whole lot of newer iterations of the character overlook. 

“I think all of that is a way to take a story that is a detective story. Every point of view story, a mystery,” Reeves mentioned. “It’s got, of course, you know, action, all that kind of stuff. But at the end of it, it also is incredibly personal for him, even though it is the story in which he’s trying to understand and unravel this mystery.”

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