And after the inevitable backlash over Matt Reeves’ comments (almost a month old, mind you) regarding the “standalone” nature of his film The Batman, the director has clarified things just a bit. He tweeted yesterday,
“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.”
Which is sort of like the equivalent of a Marvel director getting their say to nix the usual after-credits sequence featuring a different upcoming Marvel film. There will be no shoehorned references to other ongoing plotlines in the DC Extended Universe. In fact, it will all sort of be like…
A standalone “Batman” movie.
Reeves is apparently planning a trilogy for these Batman films, and it’s in the interest of Warner Bros. to launch them right. Who knows where they—and, in turn, the Extended Universe—might go? I think WB is keeping their options open on both the DC and specifically Batman franchises, and it’s probably the best way to do it.