You’d think that a solo Batman movie would be an easy sell, but there has been a question mark floating over the status of director Matt Reeves’s tentatively titled The Batman for some time.
And now the plot is thickening, as it’s no longer clear that the movie is part of the DCEU shared universe at all.
“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,” the War for the Planet of the Apes director told KCRW in July.
“When [Warner Bros] approached me, what they said was, ‘Look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe’.”
Initially, it was easy to assume that he meant he was being given the autonomy to do what he wanted without worrying about the plans for Justice League and the other DCEU films.
But with the news that Martin Scorsese is in talks to produce a Joker film that will be part of a new series of standalone films that aren’t connected to any shared universe, the question is being asked whether The Batman will be one of these new movies instead.
And what about current Batman actor Ben Affleck, who was formerly attached to direct The Batman before Reeves?
Reeves and Affleck have made positive noises indicating that he’s still in the film. In June, Reeves said, “Right now, that’s exactly what’s going on, for sure,” and Affleck said at Comic-Con (in response to the rumours that he wouldn’t star in the film) that he is happy playing Batman and is a big fan of Reeves. Neither is entirely unequivocal, if you stop and think about it.
Warner Bros is announcing DC films all over the place at the moment (including a DCEU Joker and Harley Quinn team-up hot on the heels of Scorsese’s Joker), and it’s becoming increasingly hard to follow what’s going on.
The Batman does not currently have an official release date.
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