James Gunn Calls Plans to Add Matt Reeves to The Batman Into His DC Universe ‘Totally Wrong’ – IGN

Update 12/14 11:50 a.m. PT: Is James Gunn the most active movie studio CEO on Twitter? Hours after well sources revealed potential plans to add Matt Reeves’ Batman universe to James Gunn’s DC masterplan, Gunn took to Twitter to shut down the report.

“There are few anchors I love more than them [Adam B. Vary] – Really a good guy – but in this case he needs to get a new source because that’s just not true.”

The story reported today indicates that Gunn was considering integrating Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson’s Batman into DC’s new future. Previous reports said that while Gunn and Peter Safran will have complete control of DC, including movies, TV, and animation, some existing DC projects like Reeves’ Batman universe and Todd Phillips’ Joker will remain independent.

That still seems to be the plan as Gunn seems to confirm that The Batman, its sequel, and various TV shows will remain independent of his master DC plan.

Original story: DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran are said to be considering making Matt Reeves’ Batman franchise part of the wider DCU.

A well-placed source has reported a variety of possible universe mash-ups, which would see Robert Pattinson’s Batman share a universe with other DC characters such as Superman across movies, games, and more.

Gunn and Safran’s master plan is still up in the air, which means nothing has been confirmed yet, and it’s also still unclear which actors will be making the cuts in the new DCU. Even the likes of Henry Cavill, who recently reprized his role of Superman in the DCEU, hasn’t been confirmed to return after reports surfaced about Man of Steel 2 being cancelled.

Cavill’s character is still a priority for DC Studios though, with Gunn saying earlier in December that “Superman is a big priority, if not the biggest priority” for the new DCU.

It’s possible that an old universe version of Batman is out the window, leaving a Caped Crusader spot open – and possibly for Pattinson. Batman was released in March 2022 to massive critical acclaim, and a sequel and several spin-offs are already in development.

It has been confirmed that one of these series centers on Colin Farrell’s Penguin but details about the others remain fuzzy. What started as a Gotham PD-focused show has evolved into a horror-like series about Arkham, but both concepts are now in development as two different projects.

The cast and crew of The Batman also shared what they’d like to explore in the full sequel. Pattinson himself wants to take on the Court of Owls saga while director Matt Reeves hopes to bring Mr. Freeze into the dark and gritty world of Batman.

This could just be the beginning of a much larger universe (which could make the universe a good starting point for a larger DCU project) as Reeves is reportedly in talks with other directors and writers to create films based on Batman villains including Scarecrow, Clayface, and Professor Paige.

In our 10/10 review of the original, IGN said, “Matt Reeves’ violent, sexy, and darkly beautiful take on Batman more than justifies its place in the franchise canon.”

Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance journalist for IGN and UK news editor. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.


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