In the past few days, DC fans have been wondering what the heck is going on over at Warner Bros. Two different Joker movie announcements in two days, one is a Joker origin story not set in the DCEU, and the other a Joker and Harley movie that isn’t related to Suicide Squad 2 or Gotham City Sirens. While there are many trying to make some sense of this, one person who is clearing the air surrounding his movie is The Batman director Matt Reeves.
Yesterday, Reeves said WB told him that The Batman is “a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.” At the time, many speculated that it would be somehow related to the Joker origins movie and that Ben Affleck was no longer a part of this particular project. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. In fact, Reeves took to social media to confirm that The Batman will in fact be a part of the DCEU. Check out what he had to say below.
Reeves jokingly pointed out the obvious by asking everyone what he had missed in the past 24 hours. But then confirmed that The Batman will be a part of the DCEU:
He then followed it up with a few clarifications:
So in a way, The Batman will be like Wonder Woman, where there are no cameos “servicing other stories.” So it is set in the same universe as Justice League, but there won’t be any major references made to other films. And if there is going to be some sort of nod, it probably is going to be a lot like the email that Bruce had written to Diana in Wonder Woman.
But this falls in line with WB giving their directors a chance to tell a story that they want to tell. So there will be no build up to an ensemble film or overarching blockbuster. It will be a character film. And based on the interview, Reeves wants to make a trilogy that is about Batman himself as opposed to some of the great and iconic adversaries that have challenged him through the years.
So for now, we know that The Batman will be a part of the DCEU and that Reeves wants a trilogy that goes back to the Dark Knight’s detective roots.
If WB allows him to tell that story, then we could be in for something very exciting. We’ll just a have to wait and see.