Every time we see a new cinematic iteration of Batman, we watch the same origin story all over again where a young Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents get murdered outside a theater and it would lead him to a darker path to becoming the Batman. With yet again another new iteration of the hero coming soon, will we see another origin story from him? As it turns out, that won't be the case at all.
In an interview with Esquire, The Batman director Matt Reeves discussed whether his film will explore the origin story of the Caped Crusader which he acknowledged that it has been done so many times and he knows that he has to do it from a different angle. "We’ve seen it so many times," he said. "It’s been done too much. I knew we couldn’t do that."
Reeves also revealed that the four-issue comic Batman: Year One from Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli was one of his inspirations for the film as well as Hollywood classics such as The French Connection, Chinatown, and Taxi Driver. He also cited Nirvana vocalist Kurt Cobain as the inspiration for Batman's look.
Given that the film will be skipping the origin story, it looks like it will start right away with Batman's earlier years as the Caped Crusader. It doesn't mean that the origin story won't get explored as it is very likely that it will be referenced since an actor was cast to play Thomas Wayne. It also tells a lot about the tone of the film which will be very different from the other iterations that we had so far and it's more apparent now that Reeves specifically mentioned Year One as one of the main inspirations. It is very exciting to see this new vision for the character unfold.
The Batman is set to be released in theaters on March 4.