Ben Affleck not part of Matt Reeves' solo Batman film

Director Matt Reeves on 'War for the Planet of the Apes' - KCRW.com

Director Matt Reeves on 'War for the Planet of the Apes' - KCRW.com

Warner Bros. hasn't made any official announcements yet.

The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves has become the latest super hero movie to have a rocky start in development.

The Reeves quote that set off this firestorm was given to KCWR in July.

One minute we think the DC Extended Universe is continuing to movie forward nicely, the next chaos erupts as rumours circulate of cancelled projects and actors getting the boot.

It's something that we've asked ourselves nearly daily since Ben Affleck announced he was stepping down as the film's director, the catalyst for Warner Bros.' DC woes. It sounded dumb and confusing and just like an all-around awful idea.

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The report clarified that Warner Bros. plans to produce more standalone DC films but its storyline would be different from the events that occur in the DCEU.

Jeez, what'd I miss, guys...? Batman will be BATMAN...

I'm told that the intention is to make an origin story that isn't part of any other iteration. He goes on to add that the story will not spend time focusing on "cameos servicing other stories".

With Hollywood's love affair with franchises seems to grow exponentially every day, the recent flurry of headlines about a Joker origin story, "Suicide Squad" sequels and spinoffs, and major "Batman" casting news is enough to make your head spin. If The Batman doesn't fall under the DC universe umbrella at all, it could be a splintering off of the multiverse after Flashpoint. It still feels like Warner Bros. has absolutely no idea what it's doing.

This strategy will distinguish Warners' superhero movies from those of competitors, namely Disney, which has a highly interconnected Marvel universe of films as well as Star Wars. They're just throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks. Nobody asked for this. It is possible that the studio would avoid making a statement till the release of Justice League. Earlier this week it was revealed that WB has met with a string of potential replacements, however they were not in favour of any of the visions these filmmakers pitched and so now they're completely going back to the drawing board. This new take lines up with the reports that Reeves would be writing a new script and not use the script previously written by Affleck and Geoff Johns. Let us know down in the comments. It sounds like The Batman will be a part of DCEU after all.

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