When Robert Pattinson got the role of Bruce Wayne and Batman in the upcoming,
The Batman movie many fans were overly surprised by the casting decision. Now, director Matt Reeves is revealing why he chose Pattinson for the role. His acting chops certainly played a part in getting the Twilight actor cast as The Dark Knight. The fact though that Pattinson could be made to look like Kurt Cobain may have just been what solidified him in the role!
In a recent sit down with Empire magazine Director Matt Reeves reflected on the influence that the former Nirvana frontman had on his version of playboy billionaire philanthropist, and vigilante Bruce Wayne!
Matt Reeves & The Direct Nirvana/ Kurt Cobain Influence In The Movie
Batman smells like teen spirit? It could be said that to Matt Reeves that’s kind of the case. The director recalled that he has a process that he goes through when he’s writing screenplays. In which, he listens to music to essentially get in the groove of things.
As you can imagine when he sat down to write the screenplay for the upcoming movie The Batman, he was listening to Nirvana. That being said, think about how different the movie could’ve been if he would’ve put on some Black Sabbath or a bit of a “darker band”. Reeves mentioned about his creative process,
“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 would go on to say, “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 fictionalized version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor.”
Did Robert Pattinson Get The Role Because He Could Be Made To Look Like Cobain?
Essentially Reeves admitted that he disregarded the source materials which would be the DC Comics. In the comics Bruce Wayne is typically portrayed as a dark haired blue-eyed six foot something handsome man.
That’s not necessarily a description of what the late Nirvana singer looked like. Reeves addressed his decision to cast Pattinson referencing his acting skills. However, it does seem that being able to give Pattinson the messy hair look was important. Reeves told Empire,
“In that movie (Good Time) you could really feel his vulnerability and desperation, but you could also feel his power,” the director explains. “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.”
Reeves Is Giving Out More Clues As To Which Characters Will Appear In The Film
While some movie studios go out of their way to try and hide information from the public Reeves is taking an open book approach. He’s letting us know for example that there will be no Lucius Fox in his movie. This essentially means that all of the gadgets are going to be self-made for Pattinson’s batman.
Will fans appreciate the deviation from the source material? Kurt Cobain inspired Batman is certainly a phrase we didn’t expect to utter at any point.