Ben Affleck Reportedly Out As THE BATMAN After All; Matt Reeves' Film WILL Be Set Outside Of The DCEU

Looks like Reeves' comments from earlier today weren't misinterpreted after all, as a reliable report seems to have confirmed that The Batman will not be set in the DCEU, & star another actor in the role.

Earlier on we reported on some recent quotes from The Batman director Matt Reeves that seemed to indicate that his new take on The Dark Knight would not be set in The DCEU.

At the time many felt that the director's comments simply meant that his film wouldn't directly tie-in to the DC Films Universe and instead tell a standalone story, but it now looks like that might have been wishful thinking.

Here is an excerpt from THR's report on the new Joker and Harley Quinn movie that references the studio's plan to create a new label that'll tell stories set outside of the main DCEU.


"The new line, or possibly label, will allow for the making of movies that will stand apart and separate from those big-budget tentpoles. 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."

That seems pretty clear-cut. It is worth noting that the paragraph in question has since been deleted, but that more than likely means the writer simply jumped the gun with the news. Of course, this doesn't mean for certain that Ben Affleck won't stay on as Batman in The DCEU, just that he won't play the character in Reeves' movie.

At any rate, WB really need to release some sort of statement clearing this whole thing up once and for all - but until then, let us know what you think in the usual place.

UPDATE: THR has now added the following to their report:

"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."
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