Chinese district

The obvious starting point is the one Reeves mentioned the most in the press: Roman Polanski and Robert Towne. Chinese district (1974). Perhaps classic neo-noir – with Polanski and Towne returning to the very formula established by the widely recognized first entry into the original film noir movement, John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941)—Chinese district is a 1930s crime thriller in which a private asshole (Jack Nicholson) gets in the way of his head.

Indeed, while wealthy benefactors with shady backstories have always been a staple of film noir throughout the ages, Chinese district was the black man who conceded that the whole system is rotten and the corruption so intense that even the city fathers and civic leaders of Los Angeles are entangled in a web of murder and deceit. So, at the heart of it all, the film tells the story of Nicholson’s Jake Gittes who uncovers a scheme devised by a sinister wealthy power broker (played by maltese falcon Director Huston), who uses the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to impose a drought on San Fernando Valley farms he wants to own.

It’s a complex scheme that ends up tainting everyone. It mirrors Pattinson’s Batman and Jeffrey Wright’s Jim Gordon carrying out the murders in The Batman are tied to a scheme that involves each victim in a plot to plunder the town’s supposed renewal fund (donated by Thomas Wayne) in order to enrich the mob. Sitting atop this web of lies is Carmine Falcone (John Turturro).

However, The Batman draws even more insidiously from Chinese district another way: through the surprise parentage of Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz). As it is eventually revealed, Carmine is his father, not that he is aware of it. Instead, he sees a pretty face working at the Iceberg salon in Selina, and one he has lascivious designs for. This is taken, of course, from an overarching subplot in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory. But where do you think they got the idea?

In Chinese districtHuston’s Noah Cross depravity is so boundless that in one of the movie’s most shocking scenes, a critical Jake gets Cross’ daughter, Evelyn (Faye Dunaway), to admit that she’s both the sister and mother of the missing girl they are looking for, Katherine (Belinda Palmer). That’s right, Old Man Cross raped her as a child, then passed off his daughter’s incestuous baby as Evelyn’s sister!

Although it is not revealed that Carmine did anything so heinous, it is strongly implied that he raped and murdered Selina’s mother and now unknowingly lusts after her adult daughter, who in turn is looking for a friend who (like Katherine) was taken away by Selina’s crooked rich father.