It seems being a DCEU fan is a tough job. Every other week the news contradicts the news of the previous week, or if not that, then it’s just bad news in general.
Central to this most recent occurrence is, of course, The Batman. One minute Ben Affleck is in it, then the next he’s out of the film, then they’re making a Joker origin movie (which to me is on par with the introduction of midichlorians in Star Wars, sometimes staying mysterious or unanswered is best.) Now, comments by Matt Reeves himself has sent Twitter into a frenzy.
Matt Reeves recently commented on the upcoming Batman film, saying:
“Look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.”
This had many people worried about what might be happening at Warner Bros. Are they in panic mode, have they lost faith in the DC Extended Universe? Did they promote Geoff Johns but ignore his advice? While all of that is still unknown, fortunately Matt Reeves has taken to Twitter to clarify his words.
On Twitter Matt Reeves said this in a series of tweets:
“Jeez, what’d I miss, guys…? Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the DC Universe. Batman will be BATMAN…
In my comments from a while back about not being part of the DCEU, I was talking about The Batman being a story specifically about Batman…
..not about the others in the Universe. That it wouldn’t be filled with cameos servicing other stories — that it would be a BATMAN story.”
Geoff Johns was sure to re-tweet that message as well. Potential chaos at Warner Bros would only turn people off from the DCEU, so clarification was a good move on both of their parts.
I can’t speak for anybody else, but I still hope there is at least reference to other things in the universe. But to be fair, if he is part of the DCEU and if this takes place before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, then there isn’t really much to mention anyway since that is the beginning of the Justice League… unless of course he makes references to a Justice Society from the past.
So, until news breaks that something has changed, this should be considered the official stance. Hope this eases everyone’s minds on the matter, I know it did mine… now we just need to find out if Affleck is in or out.
Be sure to check out Affleck’s Batman in the upcoming Justice League film, hitting theaters on November 17, 2017.