The Batman Was Sold to Matt Reeves As Being 'Standalone'

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"When they [Warner Bros.] approached me, what they said was 'look, it's a standalone, it's not part of the extended universe'". There was then some news that The Batman would be a self-contained story and "not part of the current universe", which has since been debunked. "Batman will be BATMAN..."

Back in the world of Batman, however, Matt Reeves also had a few other thoughts to share on KCRW.

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. Also, the movie will be set outside the #Dc Extended Universe and the makers are looking for a new actor to play Batman in the standalone film.

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But Warner still working on at least one movie that takes place outside of its DC Extended Universe. Warner Bros. seemed to think so eight years ago.

This strategy will distinguish Warners' superhero movies from those of competitors, namely Disney, which has a highly interconnected Marvel universe of films as well as Star Wars.

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- Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) August 24, 2017...not about the others in the Universe.

Previously discussing his decision not to direct the project, Affleck explained he stepped away from behind the camera to concentrate on giving the role of Batman the "passion" it deserves. Just the other day they even announced a standalone Joker origin movie that's presumably taking place in a separate canon. Numerous most celebrated Batman comics have taken this approach, and there are a number of noirish elements in Tim Burton's first Batman movie, as well as in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy (the second of which, The Dark Knight, borrows heavily from the film noir films of Michael Mann). In The Hollywood Reporter's story on the Joker/Harley Quinn project, they caused confusion with an error stating "The Batman" would not be aort of the DCEU and would cast a new actor.

Sure, Affleck very well could already have one foot out of the door, but the studio doesn't want to say so in fear of hurting Justice League's box office numbers.

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Examining Reeves comments after the news got people thinking: Would The Batman exist within this new banner?


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