Pattinson's Batman Is Horror Movie Inspired By A Real Life Serial Killer

The Batman is coming out soon, and the more we hear about it, the more one thing becomes clear: Pattinson's Batman will be the darkest Batman ever.
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You might know Robert Pattinson from... I don't know... Twilight... maybe? Well, now the pale tall man is taking on the mantle of Batman, and if that wasn't already far enough removed from his cheesy vampire days, then this is: The Batman will be the darkest Batman movie yet. In fact, The Batman will be more like a horror movie than a superhero movie.

We already wrote about how Pattinson's Batman is basically a serial killer here, but now we have even more details.

The Batman Is Inspired By the Zodiac Killer

Yup, you read that header right: Director Matt Reeves confirmed that the real-life Zodiac killer is the inspiration for The Riddler, who's the main antagonist in The Batman. To be exact, Matt Reeves calls this Batman movie "almost a horror". He revealed as much in an interview with Movie Maker, and went on to specify:

Mini Spoiler Alert:

The premise of the movie is that the Riddler is kind of molded in an almost Zodiac Killer sort of mode, and is killing very prominent figures in Gotham, and they are the pillars of society. These are supposedly legitimate figures. It begins with the mayor, and then it escalates from there.
In the wake of the murders, [The Riddler] reveals the ways in which these people were not everything they said they were, and you start to realize there’s some kind of association. And so just like Woodward and Bernstein, you’ve got Gordon and Batman trying to follow the clues to try and make sense of this thing in a classic kind-of-detective story way.

So will your kids be able to watch the movie? Well... uhm... let me put it this way: Yes, technically. The movie will be rated PG-13, and I've never heard of a PG-13 horror movie, but then again, I did see the first trailer, and you should too before you have your 13-year-old waltz on into this one:

I'm just saying, I was scared of the dancing and floor-scrubbing skeletons in Pirates of the Caribbean, when I was about 11. I don't know what tough-as-nails kids you've got at home, but this Batman looks grim. Now, of course Nolan's The Dark Knight was also rated PG-13, and I wouldn't exactly call that movie light-hearted, so the question really is: Can we even trust PG-13 ratings anymore? But... that's another article for another time. For now, let's just be happy that The Batman is shaping up nicely, and, to celebrate the occasion, here's the latest trailer: