If there was one DCEU film that has been giving Warner Bros. the biggest headache, it would have to be The Batman. The film which would see Ben Affleck reprise his role as the titular character has been going through a series of behind-the-scenes troubles that have prevented it from entering production. Affleck stepped down as the director because he felt unable to give the film the attention it needed. Then came the rumors that he no longer wanted to be Batman. And now there is word that Warner Bros. will be launching a new banner with DC, that will tell new and unique stories with new actors playing iconic characters that will be separate from the DCEU, such as the just announced Joker origins film.
Now I bring that up because it appears that The Batman is heading in the same direction. In a recent interview director Matt Reeves says the film is a standalone, and is not a part of DC’s extended universe. More on the story below.
Reeves revealed the news while speaking with KCRW’s The Business (via Batman-News.com) – a radio segment that focuses on the ongoing developments of Hollywood.
Reeves confirms that he has an idea for a Batman trilogy and that WB is excited about it. While there was some slight hesitancy to board the project, the two parties came to an agreement. He added that he was “totally fine not doing Batman” understanding that this is WB’s franchise and not his:
“It’s not like I don’t want to do any version of Batman, I want to do my version of Batman, and if that is exciting to them, and so far everything we’ve talked about is, then that is incredibly exciting. It means we are going to do something we are all excited about. If not, it is completely their prerogative.”
That’s when he talked about how WB told him that The Batman would not be a part of the DCEU:
“Well, I have a vision for a way to do something with that character [Batman] 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.”
Reeves says he wants to take a personal approach to the possible trilogy, making the films more about the title character than anything else. This new take lines up with the reports that Reeves would be writing a new script and not use the script previously written by Affleck and Geoff Johns.
But it’s not clear how this separate universe will work alongside the current DCEU. At the time he signed up, many thought that Reeves would be directing a Batman film that is set in the DCEU. But now that he has said it is not part of the “extended universe,” it raises more questions on what WB and DC is planning.
[Source: KCRW via Batman-News]