The Batman Will Be A Year Two Story, In Another Universe

The DC multiverse just got bigger as the early days of Batman are explored.

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The virtual event DC FanDome is doing a deep dive into DC's multiverse. For example, while Ben Affleck's portrayal of Batman in Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League centered around a Bruce Wayne who has worn the cape and cowl for years, Matt Reeves' The Batman will focus on a Caped Crusader--played by Robert Pattinson--in his early years: the second year of Batman's existence, and it's not taking place on the same Earth as other DC movies like Justice League, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.

"What the multiverse allows you to do is sort of lean into this idea of you can tell just great stories and you don't have to really be as focused on it, and it has to fit within a singular continuity--on one Earth," DC films president Walter Hamada explained. "We have the Gal [Gadot] and Jason [Momoa] and Ezra [Miller] version of the Justice League, and we can continue telling those stories. While on a separate Earth, we don't have to worry about the continuity. We can have a more grounded real year two Batman and build out that world, and not really worry about continuity story elements.

"It's really kind of the best of both worlds and allows us to take advantage of everything that's great about what we've done, and really allow us to sort of expand moving forward. And we're trying to keep it as simple as that, like there is that one Earth--the greater Earth--of this existing Justice League, and then the beginnings of another Earth that is sort of happening in its early stages of year two Batman."

Harada went on to explain there will be outlying movies like Joker, which don't exist in either of these universes, but are part of the grander multiverse that DC is creating with its movies. However, Reeves does have something in mind when it comes to his universe and Gotham City. "He's got great plans to how to build it out, and build it out in a way that's sort of innovative," Harada continued. "And you know they announced recently that there's an idea of taking back Gotham and exploring it at HBO Max--a show like [that] are things that you can do because we don't have to worry about how that would impact Aquaman 2, or how that could impact The Flash, and so I think it just opens doors for us in ways that you couldn't have if you had to have a singular universe."

DC FanDome has already had a few big reveals, which include the newest trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, and if you want to learn more about that trailer, check out our breakdown. Additionally, the latest Batman video game Gotham Knights was announced, in which Batman is dead and you play as Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin. Keep checking back in to GameSpot with more news from the DC virtual event.

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In other words, throw shit at wall, see what sticks. Who cares if it confuses the hell out of non-super fans of these movies. Saying anything can happen and nothing has to make sense because: Multiverse is just a huge cop out.

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@bdrtfm: Hey !! just be glad this is not another origin story at least.

Also some of the best DC stories have been multiverses - The Dark Knight Falls, Flashpoint, Darkseid Final Crisis, All Star Superman, and many many more. But yeah some pretty shitty ones also. Still, try writing about the same characters saving the world for 85+ years across hundreds of different comic series and you are going to throw in a multiverse, evil twin, captain kirk moments, as well.

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@bdrtfm: well we will see how the movie works out. even if it confuses people it can still turn profit because people go "oh that guy in black suit kicking people cool" and dont even expect anything else

it is a bit scary what if they make like 5 batman movies at the same time and just wreck the good reputation that nolan and arkham got. batman has been the go to cow for warner for a good time now. will we soon again have era of shitty movies accompanied by batman bottles, batman toilet seat covers, batman beer and batman broom?

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Do they even care that they cast Patterson when 90% don't/didn't want him?

*This isn't the Batman stories people want.

Just like only 10% want the Arkham Batman games Co-op.

*They need to just Make The Kingdom Come movie(s)

or Injustice

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@sippio: Your use of percentages is 80% bullshit per a study by college aged adults that were 40% Asians from a study I just made up.

Don't care who plays him as long as the story is done well. Pattinson has been doing some great roles in films lately, like Lighthouse, High Life, The king, Lost City of Z.... I truthfully never heard of Christian Bale until Batman begins.

Take a deep breath, see what comes out, go about life. Couldn't be as bad as BvS or JL, willing to give it some leeway.

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@sippio: Love when people pull statistics out of their asses and then pretend to speak for everyone. Voice your opinion all you want but stop pretending like you know what 90% think.

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this is a smart move. they can blow up the current universe, and start over.

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@deth420: Except they just announced Ben Affleck is playing Batman in the Flash movie which is coming out after this. Time Warner just not having any kind of plan whatsoever.

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@CashPrizes: Not saying that they have a plan, but Keaton is in the Flash movie as well since it will be a Multiverse story...just like in the CW Crisis crossover all the different versions exist in the Multiverse

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@CashPrizes: i dont know whats worse Ezra as Barry Allen or Patterosn as Batman..

Probably Ezra since he makes the character weak & pathetic.

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