For “The Batman,” writer-director Matt Reeves hoped for a dramatic “emo” character reveal once Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) takes off his superhero costume. The key to such a stark contrast is, of course, eyeliner.
“You can’t wear a cowl and not wear that,” Reeves told Esquire of the dark eye makeup Pattinson wears in the trailer. “All of the Batmen wear that.”
The main distinction between Reeves’ take on his Kurt Cobain-inspired Bruce Wayne is that Batman won’t magically become clean-cut once his mask is removed.
“I just loved the idea of taking off [the mask] and under that there’s the sweating and the dripping and the whole theatricality of becoming this character,” Reeves added.
The “Planet of the Apes” director reportedly told Pattinson that he wanted to make a “really dirty, dirty, slimy Batman.” Cue the smudged eye makeup after fight scenes.