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Specifically, Reeves said, the movie was "not a part of the Extended Universe".

Starsky & Hutch, The Joker, The Batman, and other films and TV shows have made recent production news. Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. Universe. "Batman will be BATMAN..."

The film is described as a "criminal love story", according to one source, featuring the two murdering maniacs who are cornerstones in the Batman mythos.

While it was thought shooting would begin later this year on The Batman, it now looks like cameras won't roll until 2018. It'd be a standalone film, with nothing specific tying it to the ongoing saga being told in movies like Batman V Superman, Wonder Woman, and this November's Justice League.

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

So, without further ado, here is everything we know about Ben Affleck's future as Batman in the DC Extended Universe. Still, the clarification is hard to square with statements that the movie is "not part" of the universe.

But Warner Bros.is still working on at least one movie that takes place outside of its DC Extended Universe.

Warner Bros. may not be expanding its universe as much as doubling down on the voracious appetite audiences seem to have for these characters at this point in time. Batman is the coolest character in any universe - DC, Marvel and I'm so thrilled to do it. In The Hollywood Reporter's story on the Joker/Harley Quinn project, they caused confusion with an error stating "The Batman" would not be aort of the DCEU and would cast a new actor. And most recently it's been speculated that Ben Affleck won't even end up starring in the film.

- Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) August 24, 2017...not about the others in the Universe.

When we were told that the script was going to be completely rewritten (months before Reeves confirmed our intel in interviews), we were also told that Reeves came on to the project because Warner Bros. assured him that they could do his own thing without having to be connected or determined by the other DCEU films. Reeves had this to say. "I think it's going to be really cool". Well the movie's director has put all your worries away.

Examining Reeves comments after the news got people thinking: Would The Batman exist within this new banner? With speculations about his exit following Justice League is driving rumour mill wild, Affleck had to take the San Diego Comic-Con stage to confirm that he is not hanging up his cape anytime soon.

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