THE BATMAN Film Not Connected to DCEU, Says REEVES

Ben Affleck as Batman
Credit: DC Entertainment

The Batman director Matt Reeves has made some comments which call into question whether his film will be part of the DC Extended Universe.

"I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that at least feels like it resonates with me personally, that could grow outward into other things," Reeves told the industry podcast The Business."When they approached me, they said 'It's a standalone thing. This isn't part of an extended universe'."

This would contradict previous reports that The Batman would connect to the DCEU, including the character's appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and the upcoming Justice League. However, it may put the film in line with the recently reported Joker origin film which is said to standalone from the DCEU, and the first in a line of unconnected features.

Reeves also seemingly confirmed to host Kim Masters that The Batman would kickstart a trilogy of Batman films, though he later contradicted that statement saying “They’re not saying it’s going to be a trilogy, either.”
When Masters reminded him of the previous exchange, he responded, perhaps jokingly, “I don’t know how you knew that.”

Reeves described his vision as a "Golden Age, noir style" story that would challenge Batman's perspective on what it means to do good in a corrupt world.

Reeves brought up an interest in Catwoman, asking Masters "What about Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman? I'm just saying, she was incredible." when Masters asserted her favorite Batman was Michael Keaton. He also said he felt The Dark Knight was primarily defined by the Joker's perspective, while his film would get "more inside Batman, and that perspective."

No release date has been set for The Batman, which is expected to star Ben Affleck as Batman.

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