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Robert Pattinson's The Batman Leans Into Trauma of Bruce Wayne Says Screenwriter

Robert Pattinson and Batman and Catwoman
By Pierre Chanliau

Ever since Robert Pattinson was cast as Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeve's The Batman , replacing the older Ben Affleck, fans have wondered how this movie would handle such a young version of the character. It was later revealed that The Batman would explore the hero's second year as The Dark Knight.

In a recent interview, the co-writer of the movie further emphasized how the movie will explore a younger Batman.


In an interview with Den of Geek , co-writer of The Batman , Mattson Tomlin, discussed what the movie would be about. When prompted, he said that “It’s tough to talk about, just because you want the movie to speak for itself.” But, he explained more details of the movie and the state of Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne and that “It’s the early days,” and that “I think that, first of all, it’s a younger version than the most recent versions that we’ve seen.”

He continued by explaining that Matt Reeves is “...always coming from a point of emotion, it’s never the big action thing.” Tomlin continued, saying that “It’s always, what is this character’s soul?” and further explained how Batman will be examined as a character in the movie. The full quote can be read below.

“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.”

However, the co-writer then claimed if he said anything more, he'd get a yelling.


This being such a young and fresh Batman would explain so many things revealed thus far, like the Dark Knight's costume having, what seems to be, the gun that killed his parents embedded on his chest and made his very bat emblem. This makes sense for a Batman going through his trauma and "reacting" to it by giving himself a constant reminder of that trauma.

Not to mention it would go a long way in explaining why his Batmobile looks the way it does , especially compared to his more technologically advanced tanks in previous iterations.

Considering this is meant to be a trilogy of movies, it'd be interesting to see Batman emotionally grow as a character, which could be shown visually through his costume and equipment changing with how he handles his trauma. Maybe he could even ditch the gun on his costume to symbolize him no longer needing such a reminder.