"The Dark Knight, which I think is an incredible movie, the thing that really resonates about that is The Joker ... his story and that performance, and everything about the filmmaking that relates to that character - it's his (Heath Ledger's) movie". A "standalone" movie that's "not part of the extended universe" could mean that Warner Bros.is letting Reeves off the leash and letting him do as he pleases - and why wouldn't they?
If proven true, than a new banner outside the DCEU would certainly add to the color of the studio's growing collection of superhero films.
With Wonder Woman 2, Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens still in the works, and Aquaman filming alongside Joss Whedon's Justice League reshoots, it's unlikely that Warner Bros. has given up on the DCEU altogether - but they absolutely need to clarify what's going on before fans give up on it out of sheer confusion.
Reeves had been working on revamping The Batman after original director Ben Affleck stepped out of the director's chair.
"When they approached me what they said was, "Look it's a stand alone, this isn't part of the Extended Universe", Reeves said.
This report comes in right after word broke out that Warner Bros. started development on a Joker origin film, a movie also set outside of the DCEU.
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This suggests that Warner's and Reeves' vision for the project will blend well together.
What do you make of Matt Reeves comments about The Batman?
Perhaps The Batman and the Joker movie could be related, and part of the same universe separated from the rest of the DCEU. But we didn't imagine that meant that WB was entrusting him in his own Batman universe independent of the DCEU.
For Reeves, it's all about being able to tell his own story with the film. Throughout the interview, Reeves discussed at length how important it was to do a movie according to his vision, which could have clashed with the direction of the DCEU.
The Batman is tentatively scheduled for a 2019 release date.