THE BATMAN Film Not Connected to DCEU, Says REEVES

Danny Woods
August 24, 2017

"When they (Warner Bros.) approached me, what they said was, 'Look, it's a standalone, it's not part of the extended universe'". This began in full with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where several heroes were introduced alongside Henry Cavill returning as Superman. Or: it could just mean that Matt Reeves is making a Batman movie that won't be burdened by world-building or Justice League cameos.

Now, it seems that the one thing that we thought was taken for granted that The Batman would fall under Warner Bros.' growing DC Cinematic Universe, may not be true.

This revelation came directly from Reeves during an interview with THR's Kim Masters (the reporter behind the story about WB and Affleck working on his DCEU exit) on her podcast The Business.

Holy movie canon, Batman!

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Does this mean there is some truth behind the rumours that Affleck will be stepping down as Batman? Throughout the interview, Reeves discussed at length how important it was to do a movie according to his vision, which could have clashed with the direction of the DCEU. Reeves, who admitted he dropped out of the project for about a minute during the rumor cycle, actually said he's "totally fine" with not doing a Batman movie had the chips fallen that way. "It's not like I want to do any version of Batman". Either way, Reeves should be able to deliver a great Batman film, even if it turns out to not be the one that many people were/are expecting. You can listen to The Batman talk around the 23:39 mark below. So I'm not asking anybody to do what they don't want to do.

War for the Planet of the Apes - the third film in Fox's recent reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise - tells the story of chimpanzee Caesar and his struggle to save his clan of apes from murderous humans. He's already voiced enthusiasm for making his own Batman trilogy, perhaps in the vein of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, which existed in a universe of its own before the DCEU was launched with Man of Steel in 2013.

The Batman is projected for a 2019 release.

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