Batman Director Clarifies DCEU Comments, Stays Quiet on Affleck Exit

Tomas Mccoy
August 27, 2017

So there ya have it, The Batman isn't going to be in some other universe.

If that is the case however, it puts a DCEU standalone Batman movie very much up in the air. It wasn't long after Affleck's announcement that rumors began circling questioning his continued involvement in the project. After some speculation about what he meant, many doubted that Affleck would return as Batman in the film. While reports circulated that Warner working on two different films focusing on eternal Bat-nemesis the Joker, yesterday saw the resurfacing of an interview with solo Batman film director Matt Reeves.

Affleck has been rumored to step down from the role of Batman for several months.

"Well, I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things".

Jeez, what'd I miss, guys...?

Matt Reeves has taken to social media to clarify the statements that he made in regards to whether or not The Batman will be involved in the DCEU. Reeves joked on Twitter before explaining, "Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. Universe".

In the quote he stated that when WB approached him about taking the reins of The Batman after Affleck made a decision to step away as writer/director and just focus on acting, "they said 'It's a standalone thing".

It goes with what I originally posited as the original comment just being a case of misleading wording. This week, the director seemed to indicate that the movie would have no ties to the larger DC superhero film franchise, saying that he was initially approached about doing a standalone movie. Unlike Marvel, who has plotted out a roadmap to their universe for the next decade and more, there's no absolutely no big plan here. Films like Guardians of the Galaxy remained fairly unconnected to the rest of the MCU, allowing them to flourish creatively and not be weighed down by clunky world-building or foreshadowing. The latter has the main saga, first begun by creator George Lucas decades ago, and is now making stand-alone outings that are, at least at this stage, meant to fill in backstory for the main and ongoing story. The DC Extended Universe.

The studio wanted Reeves to take The Batman in an entirely new direction, as a stand-alone film, and Matt saw that as an opportunity infuse the film with his own love for the character.

In The Batman, Ben Affleck is expected to face off as the title hero against Joe Manganiello, who would play Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, in the film.

Casey's comments came after Ben denied reports that he was ditching the Batman role days before he took the stage to present Justice League at Comic-Con. But he's not going to do that movie, I don't think.

Perhaps The Batman and the Joker movie could be related, and part of the same universe separated from the rest of the DCEU.

Reeves confirms that he has an idea for a Batman trilogy and that WB is excited about it.

The Batman is now in development and does not have a release date.

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