UPDATE: ‘The Batman’ Set In Another Period & Won’t Star Ben Affleck

BatmanUPDATE: 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 This sentence from the article referencing The Batman and the new details have since been retracted: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.

Source: THR

Top 7 DC Animated Movies That Should Be Made Next

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Blackest Night DC ComicsThe 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!

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  • Bruno Fernandes

    Omg ! When you think warner is on the right road….

    • John

      This sounds WAY more exciting than being tied to super friends. I’m hoping, based on the comments that its going to be more of a detective story and a different time period, that its actually set the the late 1930s/early 40s which will obviously make it feel more of a noir and be set in the era that Batman was created in.

  • Monty

    Soooo…. this sounds more like Batman Beyond.

  • Russ G.

    Whatever, its Batman. DC is frustrating but we’ll probably all end up loving it and begging for the actor to take over the role in the DCEU.

  • Christophe Labonne

    Well, there you have it. The DCEU lost to the MCU.

  • Alejandro Castro Valenzuela

    WB is turning into Sony

  • Philly Gannon

    Go home DC, you’re drunk

  • Ruben C Barron

    How hard is it for Warner Brothers to just address this one way or the other. It’s not hard to clear this up.

    • 39steps

      Don’t worry they will. AFTER Justice League premieres. Then Affleck will be officially out.

    • UniQue

      WB has some PR issues, since the beginning of Man of Steel. They dont care if its negative or positive buzz. Remember buzz = good for the movie, even if its bad buzz because people will hear about the movie.

  • Leon Bright

    THR also said this in an update: Aug. 23, 6:40 p.m. “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.”

    So chill tf out. No one knows anything but w/e Reeves and Affleck have already stated.

  • AeluronLightsong

    Stupid move is stupid

  • Sire Joe

    Jeebus Crisp, wtf man. The idiots running that place have NO idea what they are doing. It is beyond stupid. I have no interest in yet another Batman in yet another world.

    They have a good Batman, STICK WITH HIM.

  • Marquis de Sade

    …and all I can say is “BWAHAHAHAHA!

  • JohnCReally

    You all really are the Globe and National Enquire tier of film reporting.

    • Marquis de Sade

      The Hollywood Reporter is very reputable…Willful Denial is a bad look, dude.

      • JohnCReally

        Actually they aren’t very reputable, that would be Deadline Hollywood that is. There is no denial coming from my end, they made up a garbage story for hits and then turned around to “correct” it, and now people are patting them on the back for it. They still created the false story, so correcting it doesn’t really fix the mess the original made.

        If anything, YOU might want to start looking at other websites, instead of shilling for THR.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Well, I guess that settles that. The dceu was just discovered dead in a Bangkok hotel room closet with a belt around its neck and the words “SCREW MARVEL!” scrawled on its fully-erect Polly-Whacker. I too mourn for the poor hapless dceu fangurl…y’all’re be in my prayers.

    • 39steps

      Let’s get Axxell and take a bow.

      • Marquis de Sade

        Yeah, and when Axxel shows up, not only will we take a collective bow, but also suggest that our detractors BEND THE KNEE and recite the holy phrase: “MAKE MINE MARVEL!”

  • Monty

    Undoing the success of Wonder Woman. This is crazy.

  • tvguy

    Actually, I’m glad Ben Affleck is off the project. I never liked him as Batman 🦇 .

    • UniQue

      Ben Affleck is the best Batman to date. Maby you should pickup a comic book before you make a stupid statement like that.

      • TatR!

        I picked up a comic book and now I see
        all the glory of Ben Affleck revealed to me

      • tvguy

        Says the guy who can’t spell maybe. Douche says what?

        • UniQue

          Oh I am sorry I dont come from America and I cant write the english language in perfect. That said, I think it is sad that you attack me as a person on my writing skills instead of having a normal debate about wether or not you read a comic book or not. If you dont agree with my opinion thats fine but keeping it civil is asked to much?

  • What’s a Gagortion

    This is a mess

  • Kaare Kvenild

    Jesus Christ! Will somebody please get their story straight! All these reporters are doing is proving that they are just dumber than a bag of hammers.

  • This idiots story is absolutely FALSE. Affleck is Matt Reave’s’ Batman and it is confirmed that this Batman is part of the DCEU, and Affleck himself confirmed that he is the actor playing Batman. Heroic Hollywood, another example of Trump’s FAKE news.