Not even ONE-day after I wrote an article about Deadline‘s rumors revolving around a Joker solo movie, Batman News drops the Hiroshima of facts twisted to fuel the “Anti-DC Rumor Machine” on the comic book world. Their article (written by Chris Begley) puts a microscope on an interview that Matt Reeves (director of the upcoming BATMAN solo movie) did with Kim Masters on the podcast “The Business.” And like clockwork, the entire DCEU fan base lost its mind and proceeded to figuratively jump out a window like Tommen from Game of Thrones.
Now, in the interview with Masters, Matt Reeves said,
When they approached me, what they said was: “look, it’s a standalone, this isn’t part of the extended universe…”
Ignoring the rumors out of Deadline, and the blatant yarn line that Begley tries to draw in his article from point-A to point-B, it’s understandable to think he had misspoke as to what Warner Bros./DC Comics meant exactly. This being that since two-days later, at San Diego Comic Con, WB/DC announced multiple movies — SHAZAM, FLASHPOINT, WONDER WOMAN 2, THE BATMAN, BATGIRL and GLC — that all take place in the DCEU, as well as Ben Affleck (Batman himself) making point of debunking the rumors that he was being pushed out as Batman, which came out leading into SDCC, by saying during the JUSTICE LEAGUE panel,
Let me be very clear, I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest fucking part in any movies, I’m so thrilled to do it. I know there’s been some misconceptions because maybe I wasn’t enthusiastic about it. It’s fucking amazing.
As well as,
I would be a fucking ape on the ground for Matt Reeves… I’m really blown away and excited, and it’s a great time in the DC Universe, I think you’ll see why I’m so excited for Batman.
I understand how some facts can be misinterpreted, like Reeves’ quote from “The Business”, and especially because that is what he had said, but my problem comes from the fact that the “out of date” quote is being twisted to fit the current narrative of rumors. Instead of pointing it out, and simply bringing up questions on why he might have said what he did and whether or not if there was maybe wires crossed between WB/DC and him, sites are taking advantage of it to throw doubt at the DCEU fan base.
Point of fact being that Begley then did just that, as he went on in his article to bring up the Joker rumors and suggest validity to the unverified hearsay those rumors have. We then saw what Begley reported being picked up by sites like Comic Book Movie, IGN and The EW as they too put it out as verifiable fact. We see an echo chamber that exists here, and how it constantly reverberates the same unconfirmed rumors and reports them with click baiting headlines that drag the fan base in and as a result cause divide and anger toward those involved in the actual movies.
I had said in my Joker article how as a fan base we have to be vigilant in what rumors we take serious stock in, and to take any unconfirmed with a massive grain of salt for this very reason. Because when a rumor is taken as fact with only unnamed sources, or “I was told” as proof, we get a product that generates a LOT of clicks and views for the site reporting it, but damaging effects on whoever/whatever the “DCEU target of the day” is.
I choose to wait until WB/DC, Geoff Johns or Reeves, himself, comes out and either confirms or denies this current mess. I would like to hope that’s how the rest of the fan base works when something like this comes out, but I know that it doesn’t, because some are easily deterred by the thousands of voices, tweets and articles that constantly bang [insert rumor of the day]” into us. Believe me when I say that I understand DC is unfairly attacked and it’s difficult to stay positive on everything DC, but that’s what we — as a fan base — have to do, and we must in order to prove we won’t allow their attacks to hurt the real success of the DCEU.
And to try to calm anyone who believes there’s legitimate reason to be screaming metaphorical “FIRE” from the DCEU over this Reeves/BATMAN situation and all-encompassing it, I leave you with this from WB Film Studio Chief, Toby Emmerich,
Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can.