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Director Matt Reeves confirms 'The Batman' is a part of the DC film universe

By Wade Sheridan
Director Matt Reeves confirms 'The Batman' is a part of the DC film universe
Filmmaker Matt Reeves arrives on the red carpet at the "War for the Planet Of The Apes" premiere on July 10. Reeves has announced on Twitter that his upcoming film "The Batman" with Ben Affleck does take place in the DC extended universe. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Matt Reeves clarified on Twitter that his upcoming superhero film The Batman, takes place within Warner Bros.' DC extended universe.

"Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will part of the D.C. Universe. Batman will be Batman," Reeves wrote after an July interview he gave with podcast The Business, started gaining traction due to the director stating that The Batman is "a standalone," that "isn't part of the extended universe."

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Reeves' earlier comments made headlines as Warner Bros. announced the creation of a new DC Comics film label that will stand apart from their ongoing extended universe starting with a Joker origin film produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Todd Phillips.

The new DC Comics banner is being created to allow the studio to tell unique stories using different actors in the title roles. The DC extended universe includes films such as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, the forthcoming Justice League and now The Batman, among others.

"In my comments from a while back about not being part of the DCEU, I was talking about The Batman being a story specifically about Batman," Reeves continued on Twitter.

"Not about the others in the Universe. That it wouldn't be filled with cameos servicing other stories -- that it would be a BATMAN story," he said.

The Batman currently has no release date and is set to star Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight. Recently, the actor's brother Casey Affleck said Ben would not be returning to the role after Justice League however, a rep for Casey stated that he was "having fun" when he made the comments and was not "speaking from a place of firsthand knowledge."

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Casey's comments came after Ben denied reports that he was ditching the Batman role days before he took the stage to present Justice League at Comic-Con. "Let me be clear. I'm the luckiest guy. Batman is the coolest [expletive] part in any universe, DC, Marvel," Ben said during the event. "I am so thrilled to do it. I know there's this misconception that because I'm not directing it, that maybe I wasn't enthusiastic about it. It's [expletive] amazing! I still can't believe it after two films."

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