While the jury still seems to be out on Ben Affleck’s involvement, Matt Reeves, director of The Batman says that the film is not connected to the other DC Movies, but rather a standalone Batman story.
In an interview with Los Angeles’ KCRW, the filmmaker said, “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 they [Warner Bros.] approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.’”
Previously, Reeves revealed that he had scrapped the script written by Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns, opting instead for a new take. “It’s a new story,” Reeves told MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast back in July. “It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”
Reeves’ choice of words here is interesting, as it’s doubtful that The Batman will be a true standalone film completely separate from the DC Extended Universe, although his comments seem to indicate that any connections to other DC movies will be kept to a minimum or altogether nonexistent.
The big question now is what Reeves’ “vision” for The Batman will be. Originally, Affleck and Johns’ script featured the mercenary Deathstroke as the film’s villain, with actor Joe Manganiello attached to play the part. It’s unclear whether Manganiello will still be in the film, as the actor himself is unsure if he’s even still in The Batman.
We’ll have more on The Batman as it develops.