Director Matt Reeves has clarified his previous comments about The Batman, confirming that the film will, in fact, be part of the DC Extended Universe. The director has likewise offered assurances that his version of the Dark Knight will exist within the DC film universe, he just won’t be servicing the stories of his fellow Justice League superheroes.
The Batman was originally slated to be directed by Batman himself, Ben Affleck, based a script that Affleck co-wrote with DC head honcho Geoff Johns and featuring the villain Deathstroke. Affleck later stepped down as director and Reeves – who has made his name with the critically-acclaimed Planet of the Apes reboot films – came onboard to helm the film, instead. Reeves has made it clear early on he will be starting from scratch and putting his own personal spin on the Batman character. However, comments made by Reeves – stating that The Batman was sold to him as being “standalone” in nature – left fans wondering if that meant the film will exist outside of the greater framework of DC’s shared universe, like the proposed Joker origin movie.
Reeves has now taken to social media, to clarify what his previous comments meant. Via his Twitter account, he confirmed that The Batman will be a part of the DCEU, but that the Dark Knight himself simply won’t be serving the larger narrative of the Justice League films – and his super friends won’t be stopping by Gotham for super powered team ups, either:
Jeez, what'd I miss, guys...? ?— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) August 24, 2017
Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. Universe. Batman will be BATMAN...
In my comments from a while back about not being part of the DCEU, I was talking about The Batman being a story specifically about Batman...— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) August 24, 2017
...not about the others in the Universe. That it wouldn't be filled with cameos servicing other stories -- that it would be a BATMAN story.— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) August 24, 2017
Fans are likely breathing a sigh of relief, as the implications of The Batman existing outside of the DCEU were simply confusing. DC taking some creative risks on standalone, non-DCEU films like the Joker origin story makes a certain amount of sense, but excluding DC’s flagship character from its shared universe seemed like a sign that there were serious behind the scenes issues with the DCEU – following the critical disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, as well as the critical and financial success of Wonder Woman.
While Reeves has made it clear his Batman is still part of the DCEU, the director pointedly did not confirm that Affleck is still his Bruce Wayne. Rumors have swirled that Affleck and DC will part ways after Justice League, and while both parties have denied such rumors in (arguably) non-committal language, Reeves is yet to take a public stand on the matter. No matter who wears the cape and cowl though, at least they will still be part of DC’s shared universe.
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