Who would have thought that Nirvana was a hot trend in 2022? It’s not because Gen Z-ers still wear their band tees. It’s because the famous caped crusader. Matt Reeve’s The Batman features Nirvana’s “Something In the Way” multiple times throughout the film. The film’s success led to a 1200% rise in total streams within four days of its release.
This song is on the band’s best-known and most critically acclaimed album, “Nevermind”. It had 72,000 streams before the movie was released. The MRC reported that it rose to 1.2 Million streams in March.
It is a strong cut of Nevermind. This is surprising considering its prominent use in the film. It is a very dark story about homelessness. This contrasts with Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne who is one of Gotham’s most elite social figures. This song could offer a glimpse into Wayne’s mind, as it represents his Batman persona more while he searches the streets for criminals.
Pattinson’s Batman is only his second year as Dark Knight. It is clear that he is still not fully prepared to be the World’s Greatest Detective. His ability to portray Bruce Wayne confidently is a crucial part of Batman’s role. Pattinson’s Batman doesn’t have these skills yet, but he makes an effort later in the movie. Empire was told by Reeves that the song had an effect on his portrayal of Bruce Wayne.
“…It occurred to me that rather than making Bruce Wayne the playboy version, I should make another version of Bruce Wayne who has gone through great tragedy and became a recluse. This is how I began to make the connection with Gus Van Sant’s Last Days and the idea that Kurt Cobain’s fictionalized version was in such a state of decay.
“Something in the Way”, a surprise choice for the film’s high-profile, is not considered to be a standout track on the album. The hidden song (Endless Nameless) is not counted and it is considered the last song on the album. It may be that it excludes hidden songs, which could be a metaphor for the Riddler who provides clues throughout the film to his next victim.
It seems that the film is perfectly in line with Reeves’ Batman directorial debut.