When people discovered a podcast interview with Matt Reeves, the new director of The Batman for WB and DC Films, from July (before Comic-Con), it set off nothing less than an internet fervor. In the interview, Reeves made an off-hand comment, saying, "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. When they [Warner Bros.] approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe." Today, he's setting the record straight.
That last part of his quote from July is what people got stuck on - especially since a day before this discovery, news broke that a not-necessarily-in-DCEU-canon Joker origin movie was in the works.Taking the words at face value, many assumed Reeves meant that The Batman would literally also be out-of-continuity with the other DCEU films like Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, and Justice League, despite still officially having Ben Affleck attached to star.
However, here at SYFY WIRE, we cautioned that he probably meant his story won't be beholden to some necessary connective tissue that ties the other films - but it almost certainly takes place within the same universe. We reached out to WB, who could not comment on either interpretation. Today, Reeves took to Twitter to clarify.
"Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. Universe. Batman will be BATMAN," Reeves wrote. "In my comments from a while back about not being part of the DCEU, I was talking about The Batman being a story specifically about Batman, not about the others in the Universe. That it wouldn't be filled with cameos servicing other stories -- that it would be a BATMAN story."
Now, could things change between now and when The Batman is ready to start shooting? Of course they could. Affleck addressed rumors of his early departure from his contract with more than one F-bomb at SDCC, expressly saying he is excited to work with Matt Reeves, but the success of Justice League one way or another has the potential to change that. For right now, however, based on the actual comments of those involved, Ben Affleck is starring in The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, which will be a story that stands on its own but exists in the same continuity as the other DCEU films.
The Batman is currently being written with a page-one rewrite for an unannounced release date.