It’s learned that Matt Reeves is indeed involved with the DCU reboot along with James Gunn, as my DC insiders first filled me in back in 2019.
Of course, Matt Reeves is developing his separate Batman universe with Robert Pattinson and The Penguin series starring Colin Farrell.
It has also been said Matt Reeves has been developing a Batman Arkham series, but it was thought to be a part of the Pattinson universe.
James Gunn has now confirmed the Arkham series is a part of his DCU.
Gunn reveals the Arkham series is set in the DCU
A fan questioned Gunn, “Sir, could you tell me if Matt is producing another Batverse project, other than The Batman 2, Penguin and Arkham?”
Gunn replied, “Right now Matt is producing Arkham as a DCU series, so there’s just the two for now.”
Gunn also confirmed the Arkham series was always planned for the DCU.
A fan asked, “Why is it that it changed from a Batman universe spinoff to a DCU project?”
Gunn replied, “It wasn’t changed.”
A fan further questioned, “So this has always been planned to be in the DCU from the start?”
“Yes,” answered Gunn. “It was one of the first pitches we bought when Peter and I came onboard. I don’t know the permutations it went through before that time.”
A fan also asked for further clarification, “James Gunn, sorry is the Arkham show set in the DCU?”
“Yes,” confirmed Gunn. “We love Matt as a director and producer so he’ll be producing stories both within his The Batman universe and within the DCU.”
It’s also probably not a stretch to think the Matt Reeves Arkham series will connect to the DCU Batman Brave and the Bold movie which The Flash director Andy Muschietti is directing. Brave and the Bold will feature a new Batman along with his son, Damian Wayne.
DC reboot involves James Gunn, Matt Reeves — and J.J. Abrams?
Regarding what I have been told, back in 2019 I was told a DC reboot was underway involving J.J. Abrams, James Gunn, and Matt Reeves.
According to what I was told, it seems the original plan was to have J.J. Abrams tackle Superman and recast with a younger actor. Gunn is now the co-head of the DCU and developing David Corenswet as the new Man of Steel in Superman: Legacy. I was also told that Abrams was going to take on Green Lantern.
Recall that Abrams signed that mega-deal with Warner Bros. but recently we’ve seen Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav cancel and move away from the Abrams stuff. It seems it’s two expensive, and it fits with insiders filling me in that Zaslav demanded that James Gunn recast DC with cheaper talent and that’s why they didn’t continue with Henry Cavill as Superman and the Ben Affleck Batman Multiverse involving Final Crisis.
Recently I have also been told that Christopher Nolan chose his buddy Zack Snyder to take over the DC films universe following The Dark Knight Trilogy wrapping.
Well, according to what I was told, the other choice back then to take over DC was Matt Reeves.
Back then it was also said The Batman would involve a big plot about Arkham.
Putting it all together, those Batman ideas from ten years ago (they wanted Tyler Hoechlin in the role, so he became their choice as The CW’s Superman) were likely from Matt Reeves. Now Reeves is getting his chance to develop the DCU, and extended DC with Elseworlds.
Regarding J.J. Abrams, I haven’t heard much about him. He’s supposed to be developing that Black Superman movie with Ta-Nehisi Coates but I was told that will unlikely happen.
With Matt Reeves now officially confirmed as part of the DCU, I wouldn’t doubt if his best friend, J.J. Abrams, isn’t far behind, assuming all the Star Wars stuff hasn’t messed things up in addition to Zaslav taking over.