Director Matt Reeves has taken to his Twitter to clarify his statements from July about The Batman not being part of the DC Extended Universe.
Reeves tweeted, "Jeez, what'd I miss, guys...? Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. Universe. Batman will be BATMAN..."
"In my comments from a while back about not being part of the DCEU," he continued, "I was talking about The Batman being a story specifically about Batman..."
"...not about the others in the Universe," he said. "That it wouldn't be filled with cameos servicing other stories -- that it would be a BATMAN story.
In his original statement, Reeves said, "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 they [Warner Bros.] approached me, what they said was, 'Look, it's a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.'"
There was some speculation as to what Reeves meant by this, with some wondering if it was related to the recently announced Joker origin story taking place outside of the DCEU. However, others wondered if what he simply meant was that it would not, as Reeves stated today, be filled with cameos.
Affleck will next portray the Dark Knight in WB's Justice League, which hits theaters on November 17, 2017. The upcoming Batman movie does not have an official release date at this time, although a 2019 release seems likely.