James Gunn Shoots Down Rumors of Bringing The Batman Into the DCU

Earlier today, a report out of Variety suggested that plans for the new DCU might include Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight from The Batman. That would have been surprising, considering that director Matt Reeves specifically separated that film from the DC Extended Universe. However, DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn was quick to shoot down the rumor.

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As originally conceived, The Batman was going to feature Ben Affleck in the title role and in the director’s chair. When Affleck left the project, it was reconceived as a reboot featuring a much younger Batman. Pattinson stepped into the leading role shortly thereafter, and the film premiered earlier this year.

While The Batman 2 hasn’t yet received a release date, Reeves is busy expanding the world on HBO Max. Colin Farrell is already set to headline a Penguin series for HBO Max. There is also an Arkham Asylum-related series in development. Additionally, a report earlier this year suggested that Reeves may be planning spinoff movies for other Batman villains. For now, those plans remain unconfirmed.

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