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Batman movie’s place in the DC Extended universe confirmed and Joker is a busy guy in the upcoming years

August 25th, 2017 by Marc Comments

Oh, man… another week, another crazy load of Warners/DC news.

Or so it seems.

So basically, the big news of the week was that Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming Batman movie gave an interview to KCRW about his Planet of the Apes trilogy and in it be briefly spoke about the DC movie.

He said that he’s ok if he ends up not making the movie but so far he’s getting on very well with DC/Warners and it’s all looking good. He then made a comment that seemed to get a lot of people confused: “When they approached me, what they said was: ‘look, it’s a standalone, this isn’t part of the extended universe.”

Yes, the internet went into meltdown, screaming that, once again(!) DC/Warners didn’t know what they were at! May theorised that this was proof that Affleck was leaving and wouldn’t be playing Batman in the movie after all….

Not us though, as soon as we read it, we called it exactly?

So Reeves has taken to Twitter to clear up the whole mess and basically said what we thought:

We have no doubt this all blew out of contact because of the story from a few days ago about The Joker’s apparent standalone movie in the works.

Again, we believe that this story is also a little misleading. Rather than being an elseworlds type story, we’re calling it that the movie will follow the story of The Killing Joke graphic novel and present one version of Joker’s origins and, much like the graphic novel itself, the movie will not necessarily be the ‘true’ origins of the movie.

And yes, we might see a new actor in The Joker role, not because they’re getting rid of Leto, but because this will see a much younger version of the character appearing.

Leto himself has recently cleared up his feelings about playing the Joker and it certainly seems like he’s looking forward to coming back as ‘everything’s fine’.

But when might we see him return?

Well… Empire haver reported that a Joker and Harley movie is in the works: “Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writing-directing team behind Focus, Crazy, Stupid Love and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, have been recruited to helm a Joker & Harley Quinn movie, bringing together the two iconic DC villains for their own “criminal love story”. Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, who portrayed the characters in Suicide Squad, are currently negotiating a return to the roles.”

Word has also been floating around that this will replace the Gotham City Sirens movie, but for now we doubt that. We also know Joker is set to be a bigger presence on Suicide Squad sequel. So that’s potential four Joker-centric movies in the works at DC/Warners. And we’re betting he’ll also appear in the Batman movie, so make that five movies.

In other news…

We’re hearing that with Joss Whedon changing the ending and parts of Justice League, one of the characters who’ll suffer the most on the cutting room floor is Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor.

Luthor, it seems, may be gone altogether. Which is a big deal since in Batman V Superman it’s Lex who contacts Steppenwolf, the main villain in the movie.

That’s all we’re hearing… do you think the absence of Luthor is a good thing? Let us know…

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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