With so much madness going on right now in the news involving Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's DC Extended Universe, it appears we may have finally gotten a bit of confirmation on at least one very important factor in all of this, and that is Batman.
It all started last week with brother Casey Affleck's off-the-cuff comment during an interview suggesting his big brother was not playing Batman in director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) solo Batman film. That was followed by Matt Reeves' very own comments just a few days ago suggesting that The Batman film would apparently be set outside of the "DC Extended Universe," that right now incorporates Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and of course this year's Justice League.
Those two revelations were surprisingly and maybe even shockingly followed up by Warner Bros. announcement that legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese will be producing a Joker origin film not starring Jared Leto. The project is said to be set in a "1980s" Gotham and will not be connected to that aforementioned DCEU films. The film is said to be in the vein of Scorsese's earlier films like Taxi Driver, and Mean Streets and will be directed by Todd Phillips (War Dogs, Hangover Trilogy.)
Now, as part of a report last night from The Hollywood Reporter about a Joker and Harley Quinn stand-alone film set in the DCEU starring none other than Jared Leto and Margot Robbie as the titular characters. In an excerpt from said report, its seemingly confirms that along with the other Joker origin film, Matt Reeves The Batman will also be set outside Warner Bros' DC Films.
"The new line, or possibly label, will allow for the making of movies that will stand apart and separate from those big-budget tentpoles. Matt Reeves’ The Batman, for example, is intended to not be connected to the Justice League universe but to be set in a different time period and star another actor."
THR has now updated the story adding: "An earlier version of this story stated that Matt Reeves' The Batman was part of Warner Bros.' new label and would star a new actor as Batman, but it is unclear where that project will fall."
While there appears to still be some confusion here, one thing is very clear now, and that is that director Matt Reeves comments earlier in the week are now validated to some extent. Of course there will obviously be more details coming down the pipe. At this point though, it feels good to have just a little bit of closure on all of this Batman mess.