It has been a busy week for DC movie fans. It saw exciting news about a Joker origin story, a separate Harley Quinn and Joker film, but the cherry on the sundae was the flip flopping as to whether The Batman would be part of the DCEU. The Batman situation continues to prove troublesome for DC, so we’re gonna try and make sense of all the rumours.
The Casey Affleck Headache
The Batman has gone through a heap of drama already with director and script changes, but this week marked several stories that have cocked many eyebrows. First there was the comments from Casey Affleck, that Ben Affleck might not be in the new Batman film.
“He’s not going to do that movie; I don’t think. Sorry to say.”
Hollywood Reporter was quick to report it, but Casey has since claimed he ‘was having fun’ and no one at Warner Bros has said anything about recasting Batman. Ben Affleck at Comic Con was quick to put down rumours of his leaving the role of the Dark Knight. Further complicating matters, however, was new director Matt Reeves and comments he made in an interview just yesterd
DCEU And The Batman
The Batman has been playing musical chairs with being in the DCEU and being out. Reeves, while promoting War For The Planet Of The Apes, made a comment that confused everyone. Here is the section that EW wrote that led to the fevered reaction:
‘According to Reeves, the studio approached him with the promise of taking the character in a direction that could go outside the Justice League continuity. “When they approached me, what they said was, ‘Look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe’”.
The comments are easy to misunderstand. It seems that what he meant was that the film will sit in the world of the DCEU but won’t be filed with cameos and Universe building. Rather, the focus would be on Batman’s war on crime. Matt Reeves took to Twitterto further correct this:
Jeez, what’d I miss, guys…? 😀
Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. Universe. Batman will be BATMAN…