After his comments about the upcoming standalone Batman flick sent DC fans into a frenzy, Matt Reeves, director of "The Batman," is clarifying those remarks, insisting that the flick is indeed part of the comic powerhouse's extended film universe.

In a series of Twitter posts on Thursday, Reeves tried to set the record straight about the statement he made in a recent interview with Los Angeles radio station KCRW, in which he said, "When [Warner Bros.] approached me [to direct 'The Batman'], what they said was, 'Look, it's a standalone, it's not part of the extended universe.'"

Reeves noted in his Twitter spree that the very presence of the Batman character made the flick a DCEU property. Instead, the director said, the comment about the flick not being in the extended universe meant that there wouldn't be any characters from other DC superhero properties in the movie, nor would "The Batman" be part of an elaborate set-up for future DC flicks.

"Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. Universe. Batman will be BATMAN," Reeves wrote on Twitter. "In my comments from a while back about not being part of the DCEU, I was talking about The Batman being a story specifically about Batman...not about the others in the Universe. That it wouldn't be filled with cameos servicing other stories -- that it would be a BATMAN story."

That definitely makes sense, and certainly fits with DC's trajectory for its other heroes, who've gotten their own standalone features that weren't filled with Justice League member cameos. (Think "Man of Steel" and this year's "Wonder Woman.") Sure, events from "The Batman" may serve as a jumping off point for more movies, but it sounds like it will be its own thing -- an individual slice in the whole DCEU pie.

"The Batman," starring Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader, doesn't have a release date yet. Production is scheduled to begin sometime next year.

[via: Matt Reeves]