Will 'The Batman' Be Connected To The DCEU?

Kelly Massey
August 27, 2017

Matt Reeves, the director of The Batman, has been chatting about the project to KCRW and he's revealed that his plan for the caped crusader doesn't jibe with Warner Bros.' plans for the DC Extended Universe.

"When they approached me, what they said was: 'look, it's a standalone, this isn't part of the extended universe", said Reeves. "Batman will be BATMAN..." However, Reeves stated that he meant that the film will not feature characters or plot elements from the DCEU's other properties, not that it would take place in its own continuity.

While it was thought shooting would begin later this year on The Batman, it now looks like cameras won't roll until 2018.

After the upcoming Justice League, Affleck still has one more appearance to make as The Batman according to his contract.

Yesterday, some old quotes from The Batman director Matt Reeves started circulating the 'net and folks got themselves in a bit of a tizzy over whether or not The Batman will be a part of the existing DCEU.

It's something that we've asked ourselves nearly daily since Ben Affleck announced he was stepping down as the film's director, the catalyst for Warner Bros.' DC woes. Still, the clarification is hard to square with statements that the movie is "not part" of the universe.

A "standalone" movie that's "not part of the extended universe" could mean that Warner Bros.is letting Reeves off the leash and letting him do as he pleases - and why wouldn't they? We'll see how it pans out over time, since as it stands Warner Bros. has a VERY large number of projects allegedly in development or pre-production.

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He said: "I think there's a chance to do an nearly noir-drive, detective version of Batman that is point of view driven in a very, very powerful way that is hopefully going to connect you to what's going on inside of his head and inside of his heart". Losing Affleck as Batman could be a huge blow to the cinematic universe that is still in its infancy, resulting in a hole that might prove impossible for the studio to dig themselves out of.

Previously, Ben Affleck mentioned that he wasn't privy to Matt's vision, because the director was still busy with his Planet of the Apes sequel.

"He's not going to do that movie, I don't think".

And, in a move showing how popular the character is, a Joker solo movie is being developed as a potential directing vehicle for The Hangover filmmaker Todd Phillips. It sounds like The Batman will be a part of DCEU after all.

Reeves confirms that he has an idea for a Batman trilogy and that WB is excited about it. This further makes it all the more likely that Affleck would no longer act in Reeves' film.

Justice League opens in theaters on November 17th, 2017. The release date was pushed back and the main villain apparently axed - and now we're left wondering if Affleck has left the project altogether, leaving the Dark Knight's cowl to be picked up by another.

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