The DC Comics that inspired Batman
Director Matt Reeves reveals the truth about The Batman to reveal the inspirations behind the new film, including DC comics featuring rogues Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman. A reboot – but not an origin story – The Batman is set in the second year of Bruce Wayne’s (Robert Pattinson) crusade as a vengeful vigilante stalking the streets of Gotham City. When a trail of cryptic clues sends Detective Dark Knight on an investigation into the underworld, Batman encounters a gallery of rogue villains: serial killer Edward Nashton (Paul Dano), fatal feline cat burglar Selina Kyle ( Zoe Kravitz), mid-level mobster Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot (Colin Farrell), and crime lord Carmine Falcone (John Turturro).
Reeves credits three classic stories as his biggest influences for The Batman: Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale murder mystery Batman: The Long HalloweenDarwyn Cooke’s study of Batman psyche and Catwoman’s neo-noir criminal hug Batman: Ego and other tails, and the influential origin story of Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli Batman: Year One. Before donning the Batman cape and cowl, Pattinson also consulted the first era of Batman: Shaman bring some of that “mysticism” from the comic Dennis O’Neil, John Beatty and Edward Hannigan at The Batman.
As The Long Halloweenwhich puts the caped crusader on the trail of a serial killer in his early days of crimefighting, The Batman tests Batman’s detective skills as he works to unmask the culprit of a series of murders. The film is not an adaptation of First year or any comic, but a “definitive noir-focused Batman story,” Reeves revealed on the 2018 Television Critics Association tour.”First year is one of the many comics that I love. We certainly don’t First year. [The Batman tells] a story that is moving but really speaks to him as the greatest detective in the world and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman.”
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Batman: Year One
Collection Batman #404-407, the story of Bruce’s first year of crime-fighting, the origin of the alliance between Batman and Lt. Jim Gordon. Vowing to clean up the crime-infested streets of Gotham City, the vigilante declares war on corrupt cops and mob boss Carmine Falcone. To become the greatest crime fighter the world has ever known, Bruce Wayne becomes what scared him as a child: a bat.
Batman: The Long Halloween
As the Dark Knight’s Crusade begins, the Batman Triumvirate, Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent wage a war against crime and Carmine “The Roman” Falcone. Unfolding over several months as Batman fights against the schedule to solve the mystery of the elusive holiday killer, Batman: The Long Halloween evolves the gallery of costumed criminals from Batman’s rogues – madmen like the Joker, the Riddler, the Scarecrow and Dent, whose descent into madness gives rise to the villainous Two-Face.
Collection Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1-5, Batman: Shaman sees Bruce Wayne return to Gotham after his travels abroad and 12 years of preparation to become Batman. Revenge incarnate, the Batman brutally defeats a gang of thugs before issuing a warning to the city’s underworld: “Tell them the streets belong to the Batman”. This detective tale delves more mystically into the bat behind Batman as part of Bruce’s life-saving encounter with a healing shaman.
In Batman Ego: a psychotic slide into the heart of darkness, the suicide of a criminal triggers a crisis of faith in Batman. In this psychoanalytical story exploring the duality between Bruce Wayne (the superego) and the monstrous Batman (the id), Bruce/Batman considers leaving his crusade before accepting the truth: Bruce’s sacrifice of a normal life means that Batman is both a terrifying symbol for the underworld – and a beacon of hope for the people of Gotham.