The Batman director in a podcast interview with KCRW, while talking on his latest film War for the Planet of the Apes, also spoke on his upcoming film The Batman, in which in the interview he goes on to say that when Warner Bros. approached him, they said it was a standalone, not part of the extended universe.
“Well, 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.’”
Before people freak out, keep in mind Reeves was talking about how the film was first presented to him by Warner Bros, not what the film will end up being, which he clearly has spoken on before by mentioning Ben Affleck and Affleck has also welcomed Matt Reeves onboard to the film and has spoken on it during San Diego Comic Con, which took place days after this podcast interview with Reeves.
Reeves also prior to making his comment how the film was approached to him, he mentions Wonder Woman and what Warner Bros. ended up doing with it, with Patty Jenkins. In other words– making a standalone film that at the end of the day, didn’t need the previous films to stand storyline wise.
To listen to the full interview where Reeves talks about The Batman, fast-forward to 23:40 at Kcrw.com.