Matt Reeves’ The Batman will dive into Bruce Wayne’s trauma, says co-writer.
There’s a reason Batman is one of DC’s best-known characters. The dude has an interesting psyche to dive into. As a kid, he watched his own parents get killed in front of him. Billionaire or not, it’s bound to have some sort of effect on him. In Bruce’s case, it makes him decide to dress up as a giant bat and wreak havoc on the villains of Gotham City. That may be a reductive way of breaking it down, but you get the point. It’s interesting, dark stuff!
On the big screen in live-action form, perhaps the best interpretation we’ve had of that trauma so far is in The Dark Knight Trilogy. We see just how it torments him on a daily basis, and how it drives him to make Gotham City a better place. And it’s that soul Bruce Wayne that’s really the heart of any Batman story.
Speaking with Den of Geek, The Batman co-screenwriter Mattson Tomlin discussed how Matt Reeve first the DC character from a storytelling standpoint.
“I think that Matt Reeves as a filmmaker, if you look at any of his work, whether or not it’s Let Me In or Cloverfield or the Planet of the Apes movies, he’s always coming from a point of emotion, it’s never the big action thing,” Tomlin said. “It’s always, what is this character’s soul?”
Tomlin went on to discuss how this process connects to Batman specifically.
“I think that really looking at Batman as somebody who has gone through this trauma, and then everything that he’s doing is then a reaction to that, rather than shy away from that, I think this film leans into that in some very fun and surprising ways,” he said. “I think that’s all I can say without getting yelled at.”
When one thinks of trauma, I agree that “fun and unsurprising” are the words that first come to mind. All jokes aside, it does seem like Reeves has the right idea in almost every way. Not only does he want to make a definitive Batman on the big screen — with his detective skills and rogues’ gallery on full display — but he is all about that inner conflict.
Batman is no one thing, but a few different things, and it sounds like Reeves understands that all too well. Personally, I can’t wait to see what he brings to The Batman film.
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SOURCE: Den of Geek