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Matt Reeves' 'The Batman' Is Definitely Part Of The DCEU

27 August 2017

Matt Reeves, who took over directing duties on The Batman after Affleck stepped down, stated in July that his film would be "standalone, not connected to the extended universe".

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.

He tweeted: "Jeez, what'd I miss, guys.?" "Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. Universe", he said. "Batman will be BATMAN..." "When [Warner Bros.] approached me, what they said was, "look, it's a standalone, it's not part of the extended universe'".

You could interpret some in Reeves' note about "cameos servicing other stories". (Think "Man of Steel" and this year's "Wonder Woman.") Sure, events from "The Batman" may serve as a jumping off point for more movies, but it sounds like it will be its own thing - an individual slice in the whole DCEU pie. (Translation, maybe: "I really didn't want another superpowered character dropping in randomly every 20 minutes just so we could put that character on the movie poster twice.") But Warner Bros. has always expressed hope that their superhero mega-franchise could allow individual filmmakers to explore different stylistic directions with those solo-hero spin-offs.

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Fans will have to wait for an official word from Warner Bros and DCEU to understand what exactly the studios have planned for the future Batman movies. The intention is to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-'80s Gotham City that isn't meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese's films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy. The film which would see Ben Affleck reprise his role as the titular character has been going through a series of behind-the-scenes troubles that have prevented it from entering production. "Batman is the coolest [expletive] part in any universe, DC, Marvel", Ben said during the event.

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.

While THR may have corrected their story on The Batman, another report seems to suggest that the news may have been right all along.

The Batman is projected for a 2019 release. In describing his passion to return to the film noir detective style of the older Batman comic books, Reeves has revealed that The Batman will take place some time in the past.

Matt Reeves' 'The Batman' Is Definitely Part Of The DCEU