Of all the superheroes in the known universe, the one whose origin story basically doesn’t have to be repeated is Batman. Literally, any working stiff with even a passing knowledge of comic books knows Batman’s origin, and it has been recreated on screen so many times, it’s basically become a running joke. It’s so overused, and yet integral to the myth of the character, that Todd Phillips even had to include the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne in his standalone Joker movie. So yeah, it’s been done to death (pun intended).
Which is why Matt Reeves essentially is saying that he didn’t need his upcoming The Batman to redo Bruce Wayne’s origin story (thank the Lord), but he explain that the roots of that origin still will inform the story he’s telling with Robert Pattinson. Reeves opened up about his movie with Nerdist and explained:
You really can’t do Batman without making him a brooding, suffering hero. The reason that billionaire Bruce Wayne suits up every evening and attacks criminals is because he’s driven by his guilt. You can’t chuck that to the wind and make your version of Batman a happy-go-lucky wisecracker. You have to acknowledge the tragedy in his past that led to the creation of the hero we are following on screen.
But it likely means that we don’t have to go through the beats of the origin, the way that numerous films – from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to Batman Begins – already have. Matt Reeves doesn’t confirm it, but it sounds like his The Batman will just pick up with Robert Pattinson already in the suit, though still in his early days as Gotham’s protector.
When discussing how The Batman can still be relevant to our modern age, Reeves went on to say:
The mystery around The Batman is when it will reach theaters. Right now, Hollywood’s production schedule is a mess, with delays and release date shuffles. The movie was due in theaters on June 25, 2021, but we’ll see if that date holds.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.