The Batman is filled with references and easter eggs to various comic book stories, and one of them is Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s iconic run with the character.
The duo retook the title in 2011, and it’s considered one of the best runs in the hero’s recent history. It’s so popular, in fact, that director Matt Reeves has worked several comic book elements into the new movie.
According to Bleeding Cool, Snyder took to his sub-pile to share his thoughts on The Batman.
“I thought Zoë Kravitz was great as Catwoman. I’ll be totally honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the Catwoman-Batman relationship. When it’s done right, I’m always there for it, but I I just feel like it comes back again and again in the same pattern: they can’t be together in the present, they get closer, then they fall apart.
So it’s more fair that it’s so telegraphed, but I thought they did a fantastic job with it and I thought she was awesome. Sure, I was super bagged for the movie the second the contact lens popped up 10 minutes. And I was like, ‘This is in my first issue of Batman with Greg Capullo, oh my!’ »
Snyder appreciated the technology used in The Batman. In his first bow Batman: Court of OwlsBruce uses contact lens devices with a remote access processor attached to the Batcave computer which reveals names and information through a facial recognition algorithm.
In Reeves’ film, Batman enlists Selina Kyle to infiltrate Penguin’s secret club in the Iceberg Lounge, where she uses computerized contact lenses to identify Gotham’s corrupt elite who rub shoulders with the criminal underground.
Snyder also enjoyed the ending, but it was more for the cinematic merits of Reeves and his team, as opposed to his own indirect contributions.
“The other thing was the last line. That’s the thing with the Catwoman story, I’ll say that and then I’ll stop. I sincerely believe that my version of Batman – not necessarily yours – my version of Batman is happy. The argument “he’s not happy, why doesn’t he deserve to be happy?” He is happy. He is happily married in Gotham. He is happy to go out every night and do what he thinks will prevent what happened to him from happening to another child.
And that makes him happy, being a symbol of the best of us in that way… I didn’t like the end of The Dark Knight Rises where he got married and left. I felt like he wouldn’t be able to do this without coming back, but that’s me. It’s just my point of view. So all the power for you if you have another.
Catwoman didn’t feature heavily in Snyder’s run since the hero mostly fought crime solo. He relied on his allies like Commissioner Gordon and his trusted butler Alfred Pennyworth, but the story was more of a character study on the Dark Knight than a book on the Bat family.
Reeves’ The Batman not only drew inspiration from Snyder’s run, but a plethora of other iconic stories. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, and Batman: Ego by Darwin Cooke were among those who influenced the hit film.
There has also been speculation that a sequel could feature the Court of Owls due to the clues scattered throughout the film, and the cast expressed interest in the idea.