The Batman’s Matt Reeves on Which ’70s Movies and Batman Comics Inspired Him

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The Batman is now available in theaters, and it has received positive reviews from critics with an 85% Rotten Tomatoes score at the time of this writing. It’s a film that focuses more on the detective side of the Caped Crusader that really pushes the brutality and grounded tone. Director Matt Reeves goes into detail on the inspiration behind his latest film like Batman: Year One and The Long Halloween.

With Batman: Year One, Reeves was inspired by the aesthetic and the tone and how Bruce Wayne had to take on a different look so that he wasn’t spotted as the wealthy playboy.

“Gosh, well, on a comic’s front, I did deep dive and read so many comics,” Reeves said during the international press conference. “I mean, there are a few. I would say tonally that [Batman] Year One, there was something in the tone that was grounded in a way and also felt cinematic in a way that reminded me of an American 70s movie or something, you know what I mean? There’s a scene where Bruce has to adopt another persona because he’s so famous. He can’t walk around as Bruce so he goes to the east end, he puts a scar on and he’s got this kind of bomber jacket on. And in the notes, Frank Miller wrote to Mazzucchelli for the drawings that Bruce should look like he just won the Travis Bickle look-alike contest. So there was something in that idea that I was like, ‘Oh, this tone is really something.'”

Reeves was also interested in the psychology of Batman, and Batman: Ego was a comic that delved into that.

“Ego by Darwyn Cooke was really important because it was really dealing with the psychology of being Batman,” Reeves continued. “The idea of the beast within him, kind of in an internal struggle, which I thought was really captivating and informed it.”

One of the popular Batman comics, The Long Halloween, also influenced Reeves.

“And I would say The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale,” the director said. “That was super important because it was this idea of a kind of serial killer, who had a series of crimes and the idea of Batman getting caught up in that as the world’s greatest detective. I felt like drawing from those on the comic book front was really important.

Batman comics aren’t the only things that inspired The Batman director.

“And then as far as the movies that were inspirational, to me, there’s a way in which Gordon and Batman in this movie are Woodward and Bernstein,” Reeves added. “All this corruption and how high does it go? It’s kind of like All the President’s Men, and there’s a bit of French Connection, and there’s a bit of Taxi Driver. It’s a neo-noir, it’s like Alan Pakula. It’s like Klute, you know, the relationship between Klute and Bree Daniels. It very much informs the relationship between Batman and Selina. So there is a lot of that kind of ’70s movies that, to me, are the movies that really inspired me to want to make movies in the first place.”

About The Batman

Synopsis: Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies—Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright)—amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.

The film is directed by Matt Reeves and written by Reeves and Peter Craig. It stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Alfred, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, and Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon.

The Batman was released in theaters on March 4, 2022.

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