It’s turning out to be an interesting week for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. First, we had news that Martin Scorsese is working on a Joker origin film outside of the DCEU. Now, Matt Reeves has spoken out and confirmed that The Batman will be a standalone film too. Where does this leave Ben Affleck?
In an interview with THR‘s Kim Masters on The Business, Reeves made a few comments that raise questions about its DC Extended Universe connections:
“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 outward 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.’”
You can listen to The Batman talk around the 23:39 mark below.
Does this mean there is some truth behind the rumours that Affleck will be stepping down as Batman? Or is the statement being misread? When you think about it, these comments don’t necessarily mean The Batman won’t be part of the DCEU. Reeves could mean that the film simply won’t affect the other films in the universe. It might just be a self-contained story.
However, with rumours floating about that Affleck wants out of the franchise and his brother’s recent comments about Ben “not going to do that movie”, you have to wonder about his future as Batman.