Bat-fleck. Joker Leto. Two Polarising Choices in the DCEU with Rumours to Shut Down Aplenty Between Them.

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Back in July, director Matt Reeves made some comments on The Batman that many received that that movie would not be a part of the wider DCEU.

Being the ever professional and consummate journalists here at WTNH, we did not post such a story, and it’s a good job we didn’t really.

On 24th August, Reeves took to his Twitter to make the announcement and to clarify his past comments, which some took out of context.

“Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. Universe” Reeves tweeted, “Batman will be BATMAN…”

Reeves continued, saying,

“…I was talking about The Batman being a story specifically about Batman…Not about others in the Universe.

That it wouldn’t be filled with cameos servicing other stories – that it would be a BATMAN story.”

So, in a sense, Reeves was right when he said it wouldn’t be a part of a wider Universe of movies, because The Batman will act, ultimately, as its own enclosed space; no Superman, no Justice League, just Batman doing Batman things away from everyone else.

In his original statement (the one that got misinterpreted), 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.’”

Many had wondered what Reeves meant by this, with some even going as far as suggesting The Batman would not be a part of the same Universe AT ALL and existing completely on its own.

This, coupled with the recently announced Joker origin movie, had many wondering if the director wanted to set up a franchise outside of the DCEU.

And speaking of the Joker Origins movie, Jared Leto had some comments on the rumours that his time as the Clown Prince of Crime was already winding down when he spoke to Kyle and Jackie O, breakfast radio presenters on Australian station KIIS 1065.

Jared commented saying

“No…There’s so much hype and [expletive deleted] about [what happened with Suicide Squad], but I think but I think it’s just a fun thing to talk about.”

Leto continued saying;

“Even when the movie came out, there was so much misrepresentation about what went down, about the ‘method acting’ crap — it’s just that 90% of it wasn’t true, and you can’t even… It takes on a life of its own.”

And, on the subject of working alongside Margot Robbie, who plays Joker’s long-suffering other-half Harley Quinn, Leto made the following comments;

“It was an incredible experience, everybody was amazing.

Margot Robbie [is] one of the nicest people — one of the best actresses I’ve ever worked with, and I really loved working with her.

I thought the scenes of what we did together were some of the most fun I’ve ever had on a set before… Everything’s great in that world, and I’m really proud to be a part of it.”

The Joker origin movie will apparently be directed by Martin Scorsese and be set in the 1980s

The movie will apparently be the 1st under a new banner of DC movies produced by Warner Bros. that will house DC adaptations that aren’t a part of the wider main film continuity – so not at all confusing then.

As this movie would be using a younger actor to fill the role of a younger Joker (though some recent reports claim Leonardo DiCaprio could be playing the Joker), this wouldn’t necessarily impede on Leto’s time as the Joker, especially as the origins movie will be set some 30 years prior to the current run of things.

Leonardo DiCaprio is 3 years younger than Jared Leto, so the idea that the younger Joker would be played by a younger actor seems quite – ironically enough considering the role we’re talking about – laughable

Despite having two Joker’s at the same time, this may actually help to clear up a few of the…creative differences that Warner Bros. took with Leto’s Joker.

So, if anyone was worried about DC once again going a bit AWOL considering they’ve finally seemingly cracked how to make a successful movie, fear not, for Ben and Jared are set to be around for a while now.

For everyone else who is not at all impressed with this news, at least Martin Scorsese is on board for the Joker origin movie.

He normally does well.

-James 28/08/2017

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