In an interview LA’s KCRW, The Batman director Matt Reeves dropped this bombshell about the film: The Batman will not be a part of the greater DC Extended Universe. In other words, it’ll be totally disconnected from any other DC property, like previous Batman films before BvS.
Here’s what Reeves had to say (thanks The Wrap):
“Well, I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things. When (Warner Bros.) approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.’”
There are a couple of ways to interpret Reeve’s statement. One way would be to take it literally. The Batman will not be considered canon with the rest of the DC Extended universe. That means no Justice League tie-ins, no crossover, and quite likely, no Ben Affleck Batman. They’ve already thrown out Affleck’s script and he is no longer directing, it would come as no surprise to me if he left the project entirely. Now, Affleck has announced that he intends to play Batman indefinitely, but that smells fishy to me.
With the announcements of a solo Joker film disconnected from the DCEU, the Flash solo film being an adaptation of the glorified retcon Flashpoint, and now this, to me it feels like Warner Bros. is slowly trying to phase in a new Batman cast.
The other option is simply Reeves misspoke, and that The Batman will indeed by in the DCEU, but will remain standalone in a similar vein to Wonder Woman or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In other words, the film will take place in the same universe as Justice League, but its story will be completely self-contained. Possibly a prequel?
It’s hard to say at this moment. The Batman is still pretty far off. I’m sure we’ll know more by the time Justice League rears its head. Something tells me the response to that film will have a big effect on The Batman.