Warner Bros. Planning To Expand The DCEU’s Batman Universe Like In The Comics

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There's certainly a lot of DC Extended Universe news coming out of this year's San Diego Comic Con, and while everyone's feeling a bit anxious for Ben Affleck's Dark Knight after Warner Bros. announced that it was planning to ease Batfleck out of the franchise after Justice League, it seems like the studio is trying to set all its worries aside and focus on the future of the character in the DCEU.

Earlier this year, Warner Bros. surprised Batman fans by announcing its intentions to develop a couple of Bat-family films – one for Barbara Gordon's Batgirl and one for Nightwing. Now, speaking in an interview with IGN, DC Films President Geoff Johns decided to tease the possibility of uniting the characters connected to Batman on the big screen just like the way DC does in the comics.


"We haven't gone out there and said what our slate is and that's because we'll do it when we're ready and we have the films that we're excited about. But for Batman, what I will say is that Batman is more than just Batman and, you know, it's been way too long since we've seen an expansion of that universe, and Batgirl – we are doing Batgirl with Joss Whedon, it's going to be super exciting. He's going to start that next year, and that's just the start. We want to explore the Batman universe in a very big new way and Matt Reeves is coming on to do Batman now, and we don't want to do the same thing that has been done before. We want to build it out just like we built it out in the comics."

This is definitely exciting news for Batman fans. The Dark Knight has been Hollywood's central focus for the past few years, and it's great to see that Warner Bros. is thinking about giving the spotlight to other great Bat-characters.

The only question now is how long Affleck is going to remain the DCEU's Batman and whether he'll be in Batgirl or Nightwing. Maybe Warner Bros. could cover Batman Beyond and have the Hollywood celebrity retire as Batman and stay in as a grumpy old Bruce Wayne.

The Batman has no release date as of yet, but we'll keep everyone updated as soon as we get word.

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