'The Batman' Matt Reeves: What inspired the next version on the comic superhero?

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It's getting closer and closer for us to see in theaters The Batman, director Matt Reeves' version, a new film version of one of DC's most iconic superheroes, if not the most representative of the competition of Marvel's characters.

However, after Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy the following films of DC heroes seemed to fall into an abyss, with examples such as Justice League or Suicide Squad, so the director of Cloverfield (2008) or The Origin of the Planet of the Apes (2014) seeks to give a radical twist to this character.

The truth is that he is a kind of drug addict. His drug is his addiction to this drive for revenge. He's like a Batman Kurt Cobain

Matt Reeves on The Batman

After the Batman played by Ben Affleck, which was the object of innumerable criticisms despite its success at the box office, Reeves is betting on other nuances for the story of the protector of Gotham City, who in an interview with Esquire confessed that "another Batman film, it shouldn't have to carry the weight of connecting the characters from all those other movies. I didn't want them in there."

Reeves will show Frank Miller's 'Batman: Year One'

To do so, the director has preferred to look among the many versions of Batman that have emerged over the decades, since the hero's debut in Detective Comics in 1939. This time, it will show the protagonist of the comic 'Batman: Year One' of 1987, consisting of four issues directed by the famous writer Frank Miller and artist David Mazzucchelli.

But that's not all, as Reeves, who already gave us a taste of it in the film's official trailer, has also taken the late grunge icon Kurt Cobain, leader of Nirvana, as an influence to bring this version of Batman, undoubtedly the darkest one, to life.

"Early on, when I was writing, I started listening to Nirvana, and there was something about [Nevermind song] 'Something in the Way', which is in the first trailer, which is part of the voice of that character," Reeves said.

"When I considered, 'How do you do Bruce Wayne in a way that hasn't been seen before?' I started thinking, 'What if some tragedy happened [ie: Wayne sees his parents murdered] and this guy becomes so reclusive, we don't know what he's doing? Is this guy some kind of wayward, reckless, drug addict?' And the truth is that he is a kind of drug addict. His drug is his addiction to this drive for revenge. He's like a Batman Kurt Cobain," he added.

The Batman sequels and more are already in the works

After enduring criticism against the actor who is in charge of giving life to this new Batman, Robert Pattinson, as well as against the film itself, the final result seems to meet the expectations of the director himself.

"I'm very proud of it. I felt it was the best version of the story that we could possibly do to justify having another Batman, you always have to have a reason, and from the beginning that was the mission for me," Reeves said.

With the almost imminent possibility that we will soon be enjoying sequels and Gotham City-based spin-offs, Reeves seems to confirm it by confessing that "it will obviously have a lot to do with how people receive this film, but a lot of things are in the works."

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