Matt Reeves Clarifies That The Batman IS Part Of The DCEU

It'll stand alone, but won't be a standalone.

Batman Ben Affleck
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For a film that hasn't even started shooting yet, there's been a hell of a lot of confusion over the last year about The Batman.

First Ben Affleck was directing, then it was in doubt, then he was definitely out, and there's constant speculation about whether he'll star in the picture or not.

This week brought even more uncertainty, with director Matt Reeves commenting that his Batman movie would "standalone," and that Warner Bros. had told him it wouldn't be part of the Extended Universe.

That threw up all sorts of potential issues, with further doubts on Affleck's involvement and the shape of the DCEU itself - since they're now actually launching non-DCEU movies - but Reeves has clarified his comments on Twitter, and confirmed The Batman will indeed be part of the DCEU.

That makes a lot of sense, and certainly more-so than Reeves directing a film with a non-Extended Universe Batman. He's the flagship character of the DCEU, so it'd be odd for it to move forwards without him.

Even more comforting, though, are Reeves' comments about it still being a standalone, meaning he can tell the story he wants without having to bend to make it fit the shared universe or shoehorn in cameos.

Are you relieved that The Batman will be part of the DCEU, or should it stand totally apart? Let us know down in the comments.

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