The new Batflick, The Batman — starring Robert Pattinson, not Ben Affleck — has one of the best Bats and Bruce Waynes around. And one of the reasons for that is that almost all of the most fun and most wild bits and pieces were seemingly ripped right from the decades of comic book sources.
Here's the thing about comics: They can get weird. We are perfectly aware that this is a franchise that historically features a man running around in a bat-suit, talking crocodile men, and an extremely higher than normal number of orphaned children beating the bejesus out hardened criminals on school nights. That being said, with the approach to realism, it seemed like director Matt Reeves would be inclined to ease his creative foot off the gas of the batmobile of bizarre, but we're glad to see that wasn't the case. Again: comics can get weird. Embrace it.
Despite taking inspiration, originally the film would’ve been an adaptation of The Long Halloween
The studios wouldn’t let Colin Farrell’s Penguin smoke on-screen
Serial killer Riddler has his roots in Earth-One and Zero Year
Catwoman is bisexual, according to the comics and Kravitz
Barry Keoghan was hidden as Officer Merkel but in actuality was the Joker, who originally had another scene
The Batman uses a Rorschach-esque narration, funny as the two characters have crossed over
Selina’s mysterious parentage comes from When in Rome, the Long Halloween tie-in
Critically acclaimed comic series Gotham PD is coming
Martha Wayne, Bruce’s mother, is an Arkham
The Batman screenwriter made a Bat comic featuring a Batman imposter
Famous villain Hush is alluded to in The Batman, and inspired the Riddler’s design
Drowned Gotham comes from No Man’s Land and Year Zero
Batman and Catwoman marry and have a child.
Bane’s adrenaline-esque Venom seems to be hinted at in The Batman
Arkham Asylum is finally seen on-screen after being the crux of multiple stories