Paul Dano's 'The Batman' Character Was Also Inspired by Nirvana

The Riddler apparently took artistic cues from "Something in the Way" as well
Paul Dano's 'The Batman' Character Was Also Inspired by Nirvana
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Matt Reeves' dark interpretation of The Batman is due in theatres tomorrow (March 4), and ahead of its release, Robert Pattinson's co-starring nemesis, Paul Dano, has shed some light on how he too got into character by listening to Nirvana.

Back in 2021, Pattinson spoke at length in an interview with Empire about how the music of Kurt Cobain got him into high gear for his portrayal of Bruce Wayne. At the time, he shared that "Something in the Way," in particular, set the mood for his version of the Caped Crusader, whom he described as "Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor."

Likewise, Paul Dano has seemingly taken notes from the '90s alternative juggernauts while getting into character as The Riddler. In an interview with NME, the actor delved into the specifics of his acting inspirations.

"There was music. There were tons of comic books," he said of his influences, adding, "In the script, Matt [Reeves] had actually mentioned 'Something in the Way' by Nirvana. So that right there, that song, those words, that refrain, became hugely important to me. Nirvana became a part of that [character]."

He neglected to dish on whether he too was working on any on-set ambient music projects, so you'll have to just envision in-character R-Pattz and Dano collaborating in a movie tent all on your own.

Revisit the film's trailer below ahead of reading Exclaim!'s 9/10 review