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James Gunn clarifies who controls Reevesverse’s The Batman 2, Joker: Folie à Deux & other Elseworld titles

James Gunn clarifies who controls Reevesverse’s The Batman 2, Joker: Folie à Deux & other Elseworld titles

DC Studios boss James Gunn has set the record straight on who steers the ship for DC’s Elseworld titles such as Reevesverse’s The Batman 2 and Todd PhilipsJoker: Folie à Deux. It was earlier reported that Warner Bros. Film’s chairpersons Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy would oversee the two DC films which are disconnected from the main timeline but the DCU architect has called it incorrect reporting.

When Chapter 1 of Gods and Monsters was announced, the general assumption was DC Studios CEOs would only be responsible for the DCU which was mapped out with their own writer room. However, Gunn has clarified that the Reevesverse’s The Batman 2 and any other Elseworld movies or TV shows also fall under their purview.

Simply put, any project developed based on characters from DC Comics would be under James Gunn and Peter Safran’s responsibilities. This explains Reeves’ meeting with the DCU head which led to baseless speculations that Robert Pattinson‘s Dark Knight and the upcoming The Batman 2 would become the definitive version of the main universe. Readers can check out the tweet below.

Reevesverse’s The Batman 2 is also controlled by DC Studios CEOs

It was recently confirmed Penguin series would consist of eight episodes and the star of the HBO Max show, Colin Farrell also hinted that any hopes of a sequel (as season 2 or a feature) would depend on its success. So the decision to further expand the universe after The Batman 2 would be taken by Gunn & Safran.

With the development of Brave and the Bold, the project expected to introduce DCU’s own Bat-family, its hard to see Reeves’ Batman world expand without colliding with the other. Gunn had also reiterated WBD boss David Zaslav’s interest to adapt lesser live-action versions of Dark Knights.

So It begs the question if Matt Reeves‘ world-building could come to an end in the near future. For now, fans can rest assured there will be clear distinction to Reevesverse’s caped crusader and DCU’s Gotham City vigilante since Safran clearly stated that DC Films exists outside of Gods and Monsters, “we’re gonna make that clear,” although the multiverse concept is still being embraced. The same applies to Joker: Folie à Deux which is currently in production with Lady Gaga potentially playing Harley Quinn.

The Batman — Part II will arrive in theaters on October 3, 2025.




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