Empire shares new info and photos from The Batman

With the new issue of Empire set to hit newsstands next week, the publication is beginning to share some of what will be found inside.

Writer and director Matt Reeves gives a new interview to Empire about his inspirations of Bruce Wayne so early in his career, saying, “When I write, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way’.” He went on to add, “That’s when it came to me that, rather than make Bruce Wayne the playboy version we’ve seen before, there’s another version who had gone through a great tragedy and become a recluse. So I started making this connection to Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, and the idea of this fictionalized version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor.”

Reeves also confirmed what drew him to Robert Pattinson for the role was seeing him in the Safdie Brothers’ Good Time. “In that movie you could really feel his vulnerability and desperation, but you could also feel his power,” said Reeves. “I thought that was a great mix. He’s also got that Kurt Cobain thing, where he looks like a rock star, but you also feel like he could be a recluse.”

Pattinson shares that  “Bruce has been hiding away. He’s not really a socialite at all. He’s building all these little contraptions and things, just with Alfred. And even Alfred thinks he’s gone insane!”

The first new image Empire shared appears to be the thug fight in the rain with thugs that we’ve seen in the first and second trailers.

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Empire also shared a new image of Pattinson as Bruce Wayne.

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The new issue of Empire will feature three different covers – two for the newsstand, and one for subscribers – and be available on Dec. 23.