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James Gunn Confirms ‘Arkham’ Series is Part of the DCU

The DCU Reboot Has Been a Bit Messy

When James Gunn and Peter Safran were hired to replace Zack Snyder as the heads of the DCU, it was clear that the days of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Henry Cavill’s Superman were numbered. However, the more news Gunn announced for the new universe just made the situation more confusing. Is the new universe intended to completely erase what came before? Or is this just a soft reboot? It was simply unclear what was happening. Now, recent details released by Gunn have continued to make the DC film franchise as clear as mud.

The DC Elseworld Universe and The DCU

Similar to Todd Philip’s Joker film from 2019, Matt Reeves’ The Batman is intended to be its own separate story in the DC Elseworld Universe, separate from the rest of the DCU films. 

Along with the release of The Batman came news that Reeves and Warner Brothers would be expanding that world into a television series focusing on Colin Farrel’s Penguin and a series about the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD). 

The show exploring the GCPD quickly morphed into an untitled Arkham Asylum series. Details have been limited, but with Reeves attached to the project, it was assumed to take place in his Batman franchise. Likewise, reports began circling around the release of The Batman in March 2022 that the Arkham series would include Barry Keoghan’s Joker, who made an appearance toward the end of the film. In an article on IGN, it was reported that Reeves was discussing a potential future for Keoghan’s Joker, adding that a role for him in the “Arkham space” was “very possible”.

Arkham Series to be Set in DCU, Not Elseworlds

As reported in a recent article on IGN, it was confirmed by James Gunn that the Arkham series will be set within the new DCU timeline, rather than in The Batman universe. Thread user _iann_silva_  asked Gunn if Reeves was “producing other Batverse projects, 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. We love Matt as a director and producer so he’ll be producing stories both within his Batman universe and within the DCU.” 

Despite the Arkham series originally reported as being set in Reeves’ Batverse, Gunn has continued to claim otherwise. According to Gunn, under his reign of the DC universe, the Arkham series was always to be set in the DCU and was “one of the first pitches” he and Safran were given when they were first established. However, he did claim that he is unaware of “the permutations it went through before that time.”

The Batman is currently streaming on Max.

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The Batman Warner Bros. Pictures Teaser Trailer

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