UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter updated their story with this correction: “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.”
Our original story can be found below.
While exclusively reporting that a brand new standalone film featuring the Joker and Harley Quinn is currently in development, The Hollywood Reporter is also reporting that The Batman will not be connected to the universe of Justice League and will also feature a new actor in the cape and cowl.
According to the report, the Matt Reeves-directed film will be set in a different time period and Ben Affleck is not returning. THR’s report comes on the same day that Reeves made comments regarding the nature of the film, stating that it is separate from the DC Extended Universe and operates as a standalone. This sentence from the article referencing The Batman and the new details have since been retracted:
“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.”
As of right now, Affleck’s representatives have stated that he will continue to play Batman for as long as Warner Bros. and DC Films permits him to. With Reeves’ comments as well as this new report from THR, it seems that Affleck will not be taking part in The Batman. He will next be seen in Justice League.
What do you think of this new development. Are you disappointed that The Batman will be set during a different time period and operate as a standalone away from the DCEU? How do you feel that there may be a new actor donning the cape and cowl and that Affleck will likely not appear in the film? Sound off in the comments below.
Here is the synopsis for Justice League:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds.
Justice League will be released in theaters on November 17, 2017.
Top 7 DC Animated Movies That Should Be Made Next
The DC Animated movies have always been such a treat to watch. Sure, some of them are corny, but the animation is consistently top notch. Bruce Timm set the entire DC animated block in motion back in the day, but now the department has expanded far beyond anyone’s initial expectations. There are so many amazing stories out there in the DC Universe that deserve the animated treatment. Not only are there a plethora of amazing characters fans haven’t seen animated yet, the opportunity to make a movie introduces minor fans to heroes they would have never seen otherwise.
While this is a wishlist of sorts, I’m also framing it as a realistic list for the Warner Bros. animation team. I know they only make movies they think will make them money, so I tried my best to pick stories that actually have the potential to financially succeed as an animated feature. That doesn’t mean every movie has Batman in it, but these were picked as opportunities that would please fans and producers alike. Trust me though, there are some amazing stories on this list that deserve the animation treatment right away!
Hit Next to find out the 7 animated DC movies we want to see made!