Bruce Wayne is ready for his closeup.
When it came to crafting “The Batman’s” version of the caped crusader, writer and director, Matt Reeves, had a very specific look in mind for actor Robert Pattison.
The actor’s smudged eyeliner garnered much of the attention when the initial movie trailer dropped, and that’s exactly the dramatic look Reeves was going for when Pattison stripped off the iconic costume.
“You can’t wear a cowl and not wear that,” Reeves explained to Esquire of the choice to line Pattinson’s eyes with dark and heavy makeup.
He added: “All of the Batmen wear that.”
“I just loved the idea of taking off [the mask] and under that there’s the sweating and the dripping and the whole theatricality of becoming this character,” Reeves added.
According to IndieWire, the director – who helmed “Cloverfield” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” – previously told the “Twilight” alum that his ideal Batman would be “really dirty, dirty, slimy.”
“[Bruce] doesn’t care about any of the trappings of being a [millionaire] Wayne at this point,” Reeves noted. “I felt it was the best version of the story that we could possibly do to justify having another ‘Batman.'”
And that’s where the “detective noir movie” vibe comes into play as the vigilante fends off the street violence while dealing with his inner-turmoil.
In his desire for an angsty Batman that hasn’t been done “so many times,” Reeves found himself turning to grunge god Kurt Cobain for inspiration.
“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. When I considered, ‘How do you do Bruce Wayne in a way that hasn’t been seen before?’”
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He continued: “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.”
The eyeliner, the raspy, growling voice, and the gritty suit all lend way to what Reeves describes as his “Batman Kurt Cobain.”
The film boasts an impressive cast with Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, Colin Farrell as Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, and Andy Serkis as Alfred.
It will hit theaters on March 4, 2022.