Does The Batman exist in its own universe outside of the DCEU? It may very well.
The DC Extended Universe. It once stood as a potential contender to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, it is but a shell of its former ambition. The films set within them are inconsistent at best in terms of continuity. Batman v Superman showed a Wonder Woman fed up with humans, whereas Wonder Woman the film showed a hero who would never give up on humanity. The Suicide Squad is a soft reboot of sorts of Suicide Squad — though what that means still isn’t clear. Shazam! couldn’t actually book Henry Cavill for its Superman cameo. Birds of Prey used a body double for the Joker. And, of course, Joker sits completely outside within its own universe.
It’s hard not to look at all of their films going forward and wonder whether or not they will actually connect to the universe they established. The Batman is such a film. It will not feature Ben Affleck in the role, and will feature a Gotham City based on Glasgow, Scotland. That’s a far cry from what we’ve seen of it in Batman v Superman, that’s for sure. So, what’s its deal? The latest comes from YouTuber Grace Randolph, who had the following to say about another DC film in the works.
“Here’s some tea – for now, Warner Bro’s is still making a stand alone #DCEU #Batgirl movie but…
“it will have a DIFFERENT Commissioner Gordon, NOT Jeffrey Wright.
#TheBatman exists in a vacuum, like #Joker.”
Here’s some tea – for now, Warner Bro’s is still making a stand alone #DCEU #Batgirl movie but…
it will have a DIFFERENT Commissioner Gordon, NOT Jeffrey Wright.#TheBatman exists in a vacuum, like #Joker.
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) April 9, 2020
So, there you have it. If we’re to believe Randolph, whose track record is fairly solid, we can expect The Batman to exist in its own universe. You might ask yourself… “How would she know who’s being cast as Gordon?”
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And it’s a fair question, but I think it’s less about who’s being cast and what the character himself will be like in these movies. By this point, Warner Bros. knows full well what Wright’s take on the character will be. As such, for developing Batgirl, they’d likely have to know if the Gordon in that film will have the same history. So, it’s not completely crazy to think someone would know the approach the studio is taking for developing Batgirl.
And if you need more evidence for The Batman existing in its own world, Randolph went on to claim that the film is set in the modern-day. Of course, Justice League was also set in the modern-day, so fans would have to do some real mental gymnastics to justify how the character de-aged around 20 years.
Personally, this makes a lot of sense to me. Matt Reeves has always indicated that he wanted this to be his version of Batman. As someone with a strong creative vision, he likely did not want to be held back by the logic and mythology of the existing cinematic canon. While this may not have worked under Geoff Johns’ rule, under the new Walter Hamada regime, they have taken a filmmaker-driven approach. It’s why we’ve gotten the likes of Shazam!, Joker, and Birds of Prey to begin with. It’s not about the universe, but the individual films, more than anything, which is respectable.
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SOURCE: Grace Randolph