THE BATMAN Director Matt Reeves Debunks Popular Fan Theory About The Dark Knight's Batsuit Symbol

Ever since our first look at Robert Pattinson's Batsuit, there's been a popular theory that the symbol on his chest might be made from the gun that killed his parents. Now, director Matt Reeves weighs in!

The Batman is nearly upon us, and one popular fan theory has been debunked in advance of the movie's arrival in theaters this Thursday (or tonight if you managed to snag IMAX preview tickets). 

When our first look at Robert Pattinson's Batsuit was revealed, there was immediate speculation that the symbol on his chest might be made from the gun that killed Bruce Wayne's parents. That would certainly be one way for the Caped Crusader to honour Thomas and Martha Wayne, though you won't have to wait until The Batman is released to find out if this theary was correct. 

During a recent interview, director Matt Reeves explained the significance of that unique Bat-symbol.

"I wanted it to be something that had a practical use. It’s not the gun. That was interesting that people were speculating that’s what it was," the filmmaker said. "What people did happen on that’s right is I wanted it to be not just an emblem but I wanted it to be something tactical and functional."

That’s actually a Glauca knife he uses in a couple of places in the movie. Somewhere along the way I said, 'I want to figure out a way that this is something that we can see him using it. I want to see him use that knife.' The knife had been written into the script, so the idea was is there a way we can take that knife and make it the bat symbol, and that was what they set out to do."

It sounds a lot like a Batarang to us, but it's a cool idea on Reeves' part and arguably a little less predictable than the symbol being the gun that killed the Dark Knight's parents. That would have opened a whole can of worms and arguably put too much focus on Batman's origin story, something we know the director was looking to move away from with this particular Year Two story. 

The Batman is set to be released in theaters on March 1. Read our review of the movie here.

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