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The Batman Not DCEU According To Director Matt Reeves

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BY December 31, 2021

Both Marvel and DC have been trying to expand their universes, including cameos and crossover episodes with familiar characters. However, there’s one upcoming DC film that is NOT part of a multiverse and that is The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the titular character. Director Matt Reeves says The Batman not DCEU, which doesn’t really make sense to me, but let’s get into it.

How Is Matt Reeves The Batman NOT Part Of The DCEU?

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Reeves, along with his The Batman producer Dylan Clark, said that they want Pattinson’s Batman to be in a separate world from the other interconnected DC superheroes. Reeves said it was important that he “be able to create an iteration with a personal aspect to it,” and having to “connect with all these other things” in the DCEU would’ve been an impediment to that process. OK. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Tim Burton added his own flair to the 1989 Batman starring Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader, yet here we are in 2021 with the news that Keaton is reprising his role as Batman in the upcoming The Flash movie. I digress though. Films are a creative process and it’s ultimately up to the director and producer to create the overall feel of a film. As Clark said:

“Warner Bros. has a multiverse where they’re exploring different ways to use the character … We don’t get involved in that. Matt is interested in pushing this character to his emotional depths and shaking him to his core.”

The Batman was originally going to be a solo film of Ben Affleck’s Batman and would’ve been officially connected to the DCEU. After things fell through and Affleck left, Reeves came on and figured he could expand the story in his own way without connections to the rest of the universe. Now, the film is going to explore the Caped Crusader’s early days fighting crime while introducing familiar characters such as Penguin and Catwoman. Reeves’ Batman is supposed to be edgier and more emotional than previous iterations (which is saying a lot considering what Christopher Nolan did with the Dark Knight trilogy). In an interview with Empire Magazine‘s “Huge 2022 Preview” issue, Reeves said:

“When I write, I listen to music, and as I was writing the first act, I put on Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way.’ That’s when it came to me that, rather than make Bruce Wayne the playboy version we’ve seen before, there’s another version who had gone through a great tragedy and become a recluse. So I started making this connection to Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, and the idea of this fictionalised version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor.”

Pattinson added, “He’s been out every single night for two years, getting beaten up and shot and stabbed and burnt, and it shows. There’s a bullet graze on the cowl, right at the beginning. I don’t think that’s been done before.” I don’t deny that each version of Batman is slightly different and is reminiscent of the director and producer (how about that campy Batman Forever and Batman and Robin?), but I feel like it’s still all part of the same DCEU. Who knows though? Maybe somewhere down the line, we’ll be seeing Pattinson’s Batman in a DC film.

The Batman stars  Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, John Turturro as crime boss Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred, and Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham City District Attorney Gil Colson. The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig. It’s produced by DC Films, 6th & Idaho, and Dylan Clark Productions, and set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures.

In the meantime, see the not DCEU trailer for The Batman below:

The Batman premieres in theaters everywhere March 4, 2022.

What are your thoughts on Matt Reeves says The Batman not DCEU? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Warner Bros.

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]

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