Clearly Reeves’ own take on Batman will be not the same as those that came before, at least going by early glimpses of his vision afforded through trailers and different teases. This time around for instance, Batman’s costume and gadgets have a strongly more home-made feel, as the story tackles the Caped Crusader in his relatively early days. The Batman also promises to return to the idea of Wayne as a master criminal investigator, as it sees him engaging in a high-stakes battle of wits with The Riddler (Paul Dano).
Things being what they are, Reeves had something quite certain in mind when he tackled writing The Batman and coming up with his own new take on the consistently tormented Bruce Wayne. In a new interview with Empire, Reeves talked about his inspiration for Wayne and revealed the real life extremely famous person who came to inform his take on the character:
“At the point when I compose, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way.’ That’s the point at which 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 turned into a recluse. So I started making this association with Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, and the idea of this fictionalized version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor.”
The casting of Pattinson also reflects the Cobain influence according to Reeves. The chief said he came to admire Pattinson’s work in the Safdie Brothers’ Good Time, explaining “In that movie you could really feel his vulnerability and desperation, yet you could also feel his power.” Reeves added, “He’s also got that Kurt Cobain thing, where he looks like a demigod, however you also feel like he could be a recluse.” Reeves also references the movie Last Days, which tells the story of a hero’s final moments and was clearly inspired by Cobain.