In a statement responding to headlines sparked by his own comments, The Batman director Matt Reeves clarified the film's status as part of the DCEU.
In the comments, Reeves originally said:
Well I have a vision for a way to do something with that character [Batman] 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.
But on Twitter today, he clarified:
So that settles that. The Batman is in the DCEU, and websites should stop jumping to conclusions so quickly.
Now that that's over with, it's time that we in the media learn from our shortcomings and try to be better. To strive for the kind of integrity that embodies the words "Entertainment Journalism." And if there's one thing we've learned from this it's that… hang on, Reeves didn't deny the other rumor going around this week claiming Ben Affleck won't star in The Batman, which is basically as good as a confirmation, right? We should get to writing a sensational headline about that right away before our competitors get to it! Gotta go, bye!