Filmmaker Matt Reeves clarified on Twitter that his upcoming superhero film The Batman, takes place within Warner Bros.' DC extended universe. When we reported on his comments yesterday we noted that being a separate film may give Reeves more creative leeway, but that can also be achieved if he only has to worry about The BATMAN's character within the universe, but no one else's. "Matt Reeves' The Batman, for example, is meant to not be connected to the Justice League universe but to be set in a different time period and star another actor", the site added. "Batman will be BATMAN..."
And for his next movie, Reeves will be at the helm of another iconic franchise: Batman.
"The Batman", starring Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader, doesn't have a release date yet. Recently, the actor's brother Casey Affleck said Ben would not be returning to the role after Justice League however, a rep for Casey stated that he was "having fun" when he made the comments and was not "speaking from a place of firsthand knowledge".
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Additionally, the project falls within Warners' main line of movies based on their DC properties. Warner Bros. has in fact not gone completely batty. That's the implication given by Matt Reeves, according to an interview with the War of the Planet of the Apes director. Reeves confirmed that when he joined the project, Warner Bros. allowed him to approach The Batman as a standalone movie that he says won't be connected to the larger DCEU.
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". It sounds like The Batman will be a part of DCEU after all. "I think it's going to be really cool".
First Ben Affleck was directing, then it was in doubt, then he was definitely out, and there's constant speculation about whether he'll star in the picture or not. As it stands right now, The Batman exists in the same universe that Man of Steel, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Batman v Superman and Justice League do. Without Jared Leto's embarrassing performance as the Joker looming over Reeves' Batman movie, this is actually a somewhat pleasant option.