Bruce Wayne Would Be a Nirvana Fan, According to ‘The Batman’ Director Matt Reeves

DC and directors has revealed plenty of odd details about Bruce Wayne over the years, including Batman possessing his own Bat-Credit Card in Batman & Robin. However, The Batman director Matt Reeves revealed that he thinks Bruce Wayne would listen to Nirvana. Reeves said that Nirvana songs were playing in his ears as he wrote the first act of The Batman Robert Pattinson’s role as the Dark Knight.

Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, their song 'Something in the Way' appeared in 'The Batman' trailer
Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

‘The Batman’ director Matt Reeves listened to Nirvana’s ‘Something in the Way’ while writing the first act

As Parasite director Bong Joon Ho considers casting Robert Pattinson for his new movie, Reeves’ The Batman nears its release date. However, Reeves recalled writing the first act for The Batman while listening to Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.”

“When I write, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way’,” Reeves told Empire Magazine. “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.”

This lines up with Reeves wanting a darker take on the Dark Knight. Tim Burton and Michael Keaton pushed the hero in a more intense direction, one that Reeves pushe even further.

“I started making this connection to Gus Van Sant’s ‘Last Days,’ and the idea of this fictionalised version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor,” Reeves said.

Empire Magazine reported that Reeves thought Bruce Wayne would definitely be a Nirvana fan.

A Nirvana cover acts as the theme for the first ‘The Batman’ trailer

Fans recognized Nirvana’s “Something in the Way,” however, it did not sound like the normal version. Composer Michael Giacchino said that the Nirvana song lined up with The Batman theme he created.

“I think we just got lucky when it came around time to do the trailer,” Giacchino told the CinemaBlend podcast. “We got really lucky that [my main theme] just, it lied in perfectly against that song, you know?”

The Batman theme is something almost as iconic as the Bat-Suit and fans love comparing new themes to older ones. And Giacchino knew not to overdo it or make it too complicated. This led to The Batman theme lining up with the Nirvana song well.

“That was one of those things where they sent it to me, and they were like, ‘Should we fill it in more?’ And I’m just like, ‘I don’t know. It sounds pretty great the way it is and the way that it’s just sort of layered in.’ And we gave them a few things to add into it, but not much at all. I feel like they did a really good job with that trailer. It was a great way of saying, ‘Here’s your next Batman,’” Giacchino said about the Nirvana song in the trailer.

Matt Reeves said that casting Robert Pattinson felt perfect for his version of the Dark Knight

Reeves wanted Pattinson’s Batman to feel less reliant on gadgets and a socialite life and more like, well, a Bruce Wayne that listens to Nirvana.

“He’s got that Kurt Cobain thing,” Reeves said about Pattinson in The Batman, “where he looks like a rock star, but you also feel like he could be a recluse.”

Fans can’t wait to see a new take on Batman and the Zoë Kravitz Catwoman.


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And with the Riddler set to make a terrifying appearance, Pattinson’s Batman has plenty of work ahead of him.