Director Matt Reeves confirms The Batman won’t feature Bruce Wayne’s origin story. Once again, DC’s Caped Crusader is heading to the big screen, but he’ll look a bit different than past iterations. The Batman has undergone a few creative changes on its way to release, first put into development as a solo vehicle for Ben Affleck. When he departed the DCEU, Robert Pattinson was cast as Bruce, and The Batman moved to its own universe. When the film begins, Bruce will be in his second year as Gotham’s famed vigilante, and he’ll be facing his biggest challenge yet.
Said challenge comes in the form of the Riddler (Paul Dano), here a serial killer with, unsurprisingly, a penchant for games. The Riddler is targeting the members of Gotham’s elite, including, as new trailers have confirmed, Bruce Wayne. As the Batman, Bruce will investigate these murders alongside Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) and Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), a foe turned potential ally. The Batman also includes other familiar figures from DC Comics, including Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis) and the Penguin (Colin Farrell).
With The Batman less than two months from release, its cast and crew are beginning to make the rounds promoting it, hence why Reeves recently shared some exciting details about the film with Esquire. In addition to discussing things like Pattinson’s daring eyeliner and reflecting on the initial backlash to his star’s casting, Reeves touched upon whether The Batman will tell Bruce’s origin story yet again. In a word: No. “We’ve seen it so many times,” Reeves said. “It’s been done too much. I knew we couldn’t do that.”
This likely means that fans won’t have to sit through Thomas and Martha Wayne’s murders after seeing them play out in movies like Batman Begins and Joker. However, there is still a chance there will be flashbacks to Bruce’s childhood, as The Batman reportedly cast Luke Roberts as Thomas. Even if Reeves does choose to include that part of Bruce’s life, The Batman won’t spend time showing viewers how he chose to become the titular hero. Instead, he will already be something of a fully formed Batman. Or, as fully formed as he can be after one year.
The Batman isn’t the first superhero movie to eschew telling a familiar origin story again; the MCU’s Spider-Man movies took a similar route. It’s a smart choice. Most of the audience members who will go see The Batman already know what drove Bruce to become a masked hero, and to drag it all out again would kill the momentum of the story Reeves wanted to tell. By plunging viewers right in the middle of this Bruce’s Batman arc, Reeves hits the ground running. This is just another reason to be excited for The Batman… Not that fans needed more.
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