One of the cool things about superheroes is how they manage to hide their alter egos. For Kal-El, it’s Superman and Clark Kent. For Princess Diana, it’s Wonder Woman and Diana Prince. And for Batman, it’s always been the Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne.
It seems that this idea will be central to Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film too. In fact, the director revealed in a recent interview with IndieWire that he drew inspiration for the character from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. When asked if Batman or Bruce Wayne is the real person, Reeves answered:
“Gosh, that’s a tough question. I think that it’s interesting, because one of the things that I’ve found interesting, just as we’re working on the story, is looking back at Jekyll and Hyde, and the idea of your shadow-self, and the idea of, we are all multiple things. It’s different aspects of who we are, and I think there are times when maybe the surface of Bruce is not really who he is, but that’s his disguise. There are times when Batman’s the disguise, but there are times when his true essence comes out, because by being veiled, a kind of instinctual side comes out that’s very pure.”
Reeves then continued to discuss the light and dark side of Batman:
“It’s not an easy question to answer, in that I think that we are all made up of so many different aspects of ourselves that make the whole,” Matt Reeves added. “I don’t know if you could ever reduce anyone to one part of what they express. That’s what’s fun about his character, is that there’s a very bright light that shines on his shadow side. The idea of all of that is incredibly exciting. It’s part of what makes it fun for me to work on.”
It seems like Reeves’ The Batman is shaping up to be something special, both in the story and the way the character is defined. It seems like The World’s Greatest Detective is in good hands.