In reality in the course of the DC FanDome panel, Reeves mentioned outright acknowledged Roman Polanski’s Chinatown as his “key” cinematic inspiration. That 1974 traditional is a detective thriller within the mould of different 1940s and ‘50s movie noirs, however in Chinatown the tropes had been liberated by ‘70s cynicism. Thus the film depicts a Los Angeles rotten to its core, and much past redemption. The downbeat and defeatist ending even confirms there is no such thing as a salvation for anybody.
Whereas it’s nonetheless early goings for The Batman, it might seem the brand new film is leaning into that sentiment, making the hopeful optimism of saving Gotham Metropolis on the coronary heart of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy seem doomed, or at the very least naïve. Think about Reeves additionally mentioned on the panel, “The place did Bruce’s household sit in that [citywide corruption]?” He’s teasing a 3rd act revelation as crippling to Bruce’s perception within the system because the revelations that damned Jack Nicholson’s gumshoe and everybody he ever met in Chinatown.
However then that could be par for the course, with almost each cinematic adaptation of Batman making an attempt to justify its existence by being extra ruthless, extra sinister, and in the end extra cynical.
Handled as a beloved relic of ‘80s and ‘90s children’ nostalgia as we speak, when Tim Burton’s Batman opened in 1989, it surprised audiences with a black-clad superhero who brooded as a lot as he saved the day, and a efficiency by Jack Nicholson so nasty that his Joker was publicly dismissed by his predecessor, Caesar Romero. Remember the fact that within the late 1980s, Batman was nonetheless the topic of popular culture ridicule and camp because of Adam West’s 1960s tv sequence, on which Romero performed a innocent prankster in a purple swimsuit.
Upon seeing Nicholson’s Joker, who killed individuals with a smile and electrocuted mobsters to dying with a pleasure buzzer, Romero mentioned Nicholson “was just so violent” and the film was “dreary.”