Rumors About THE BATMAN Not Being Part Of The DCEU Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

OK, maybe "exaggerated" is the wrong word.

Yesterday we ran a post titled "Matt Reeves Says THE BATMAN Will Not Be Part Of The DC Extended Universe", which contained a quote from The Batman director Matt Reeves saying:

“Well, I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things. When (Warner Bros.) approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.'”

What we, and everyone else, took this to mean was simple: The Batman would not be a part of the DC extended universe. It'd be a standalone film, with nothing specific tying it to the ongoing saga being told in movies like Batman V Superman, Wonder Woman, and this November's Justice League. Seemed pretty clear: The Batman would be a one-off joint, not part of that DC extended universe. 

Well, you're never gonna believe this, but it turns out that The Batman will definitely be a part of the DC extended universe. Here's Reeves today, clearing things up on Twitter:

"Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. 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."

So, part of the DC extended universe...but not in service of that universe. Got it. That still sounds like a standalone Batman movie to us, but that also appears to be a point of contention for Reeves, and perhaps whoever suggested that he clarify yesterday's news via Twitter. 

All of this comes on the heels of a confusing post last night over at the Hollywood Reporter, which initially suggested that Ben Affleck would not be appearing in The Batman, before offering up a retraction/addendum that...well, that didn't entirely clear things up. If you're interested in a little inside-baseball gossip, BMD went back and forth on whether to run a post pointing out that statement/retraction, and ultimately decided to wait and see what the official word was from Warner Bros. We're going to remain in that holding pattern until the news becomes officially official.

In the meantime, uh, seems like things are going great and there's nothing to worry about. Stand by for updates and clarifications as they continue to roll in.