The 10/12/14 BOF Mailbag
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
October 12, 2014

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus "discovered" America. 446 years, 5 months, and 18 days later - March 30, 1939 - "The Bat-Man" was introduced to the world in a story titled "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate" in DETECTIVE COMICS #27.

So in honor of Columbus Day 2014, a big "THANK YOU!" to Christopher Columbus for "discovering" America so that Batman could be created.

Thanks for all the questions and keep them coming via EMAIL, BOF's FACEBOOK PAGE, or on BOF's TWITTER. On to this week's #BOFmailbag...

JETT SAYS: While I can’t say it’s confirmed, I can say that it’s not simply speculation. Really, does anyone think that Warner Bros. signed Ben Affleck as the new Batman on film simply for two team-up films? Also, does anyone think that Warner Bros. isn’t interested in more solo Batman movies? Let me say this: I know some stuff about Batman in BATMAN v SUPERMAN that I can’t reveal (yet) that makes it pretty clear that a solo film is coming. In fact, my hypothesis of the first solo Affleck Batflick may have been pretty spot-on.

If Scott Snyder included you, Jett, in his next story arc for Batman, what would you want your character to be like? Good guy, villain, billionaire, homeless man, Alfred's long-lost BFF?

JETT SAYS: Ryan, I’ll stay relatively close to the real world on this one and have Snyder write me as the head coach of Gotham’s professional football team. Or…

Have me be an old friend of Bruce Wayne’s who rides shotgun with The Dark Knight during one night of Batmanning in Gotham.

OR…

Have me take over as Batman for an incapacitated Bruce Wayne. Yeah, we’ve never seen that before in the comics, right?!

JETT SAYS: Not really. I always say to people that Batman is my only “nerd obsession.” The only other two things that I will geek-out over are Dallas Cowboys football and Elvis. Those two things are right up there with Batman when it comes to my personal fandom.

What has been your favorite Scott Snyder arc? Pre-New 52 included.

JETT SAYS: Hmm…I really liked “Death of the Family” and “The Black Mirror.”

When you first saw BATMAN BEGINS how did you feel about Bruce Wayne having a gun and wanting to shoot and kill Joe Chill? I disapproved it at first, but I still really liked the movie; and now it’s my favorite movie of all time.

JETT SAYS: I thought it was a very important moment in the history of this particular version of the cinematic Batman. He was an angry kid who was hell-bent on vengeance. But he learned a lesson: Vengeance isn’t justice. That one short scene of him throwing the gun in the water, facing Carmine Falcone, and then running away was tremendously powerful. BATMAN BEGINS is my favorite installment of “The Dark Knight Trilogy.”

You've stated that you'd like to see Matthew McConaughey play The Joker alongside Ben Affleck's Batman (which would be amazing!) So who would you like to see cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman? Emily Blunt has my vote!

JETT SAYS: I don’t know…Carla Gugino maybe? She’s worked with Zack Snyder a couple of times and she’s the appropriate age (mid 40s).

What's your take on THE KILLING JOKE that Batman actually dies at the end? He started laughing after all uncontrollably. Keep up the great work dude!

JETT SAYS: My take on THE KILLING JOKE is that it is tremendously overrated and I do not believe Batman dies at the end…at least that’s my interpretation.

GOTHAM is a little hit and mostly miss for me so far, but I'll keep watching as long as it's on because cold pizza is better than no pizza (although a Batman show without "Batman" is like pizza without pepperoni). What's your take now that it's three shows in?

JETT SAYS: If you’ve missed them, you can check out my GOTHAM episode reviews HERE. Three episodes in, I think the series is teetering back and forth between slightly above and below average. As I pondered in my review of “The Balloonman,” would this show even be watched at all if it wasn’t for the Batman factor?

Would you prefer a big intro with credits and orchestral music for BATMAN v SUPERMAN (ala BATMAN ’89); or, just a logo at the beginning and all the soundtrack and credits at the end? (like in “The Dark Knight Trilogy”)?

JETT SAYS: Personally, I prefer the way the films of “The Dark Knight Trilogy” as well as MAN OF STEEL opened. I’m pretty sure BvS will continue that tradition.

Do you know if/think Ben Affleck will have scenes with Amy Adams Lois in the film? I've been enjoying the BATMAN ETERNAL weekly. Have you been reading it, and what are your thoughts? Finally, do you think Texas can pull off an upset over OU, since they also lost last week?

JETT SAYS: Glen, I don’t know for sure, but I think Affleck and Adams will have a scene or two together – especially if Bruce Wayne’s in Metropolis. As far as BATMAN ETERNAL is concerned, I read a few issues in the beginning but I haven’t been keeping up with it other than Bobby Barrett’s monthly recap/review on BOF. I’ll pick it up when it’s collected into a TPB/graphic novel. Finally, as much as I love the Longhorns, I don’t think they’ll win vs. the Sooners. Coach Strong will eventually build a winner, but he had to tear the whole thing down and start from scratch this year.

What do you think of THE FLASH so far? I mean, the just premiered spinoff of ARROW for clarification.

JETT SAYS: I DVR’ed the pilot and watched it just last night. I thought it was pretty good – better than GOTHAM even – and I’ll definitely be watching. For some reason, I’ve never gotten into ARROW. I do have seasons 1 and 2 on Blu-ray, do perhaps I should do a marathon and catch up.

What's the strangest rumor (proven false, of course) that you heard about BATMAN v SUPERMAN?

JETT SAYS: Sean, I don’t know if it would count as a rumor, but the speculation that Scoot McNairy was “definitely” playing The Flash due to the fact spy pics caught him wearing green screen stockings. HAHAHA!

Would you put Ra’s Al Ghul in your top ten of Batman villains? After BATMAN BEGINS, ARROW, and books like TOWER OF BABEL, I wonder why he's not a bigger villain for Batman or the DCU in general. What's your take?

JETT SAYS: Mike, Ra’s Al Ghul is definitely in my Top 10 of Batman villains. Heck, I’d put him ahead of The Riddler and The Penguin personally. Hell, I think he makes my Top 5! I don’t know if I’m necessarily disagreeing with you, but I think Ra’s is indeed a big and important Batman villain and one of the best DCU baddies.

All the rumors, as well as your own comments, point to a more grounded version of the Justice League and one that won't follow the more traditional team. Do you think BvS’s and Zack Snyder’s take on the JL will pave the way for a more traditional team that includes with Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and The Flash down the road? And even though the threat to Snyder’s JL film is rumored to be Earth based and more grounded, you don't think there's any chance for there to be a threat from Apokolips and Darkseid? I'd love to see him!

JETT SAYS: Let me preface my response by stating my answer will be influenced by my personal Batman tastes. With that said, I do believe and have heard that both BvS and the eventual JUSTICE LEAGUE films will indeed be more grounded in “psudo-realism” and less cosmic and magical. Honestly, I don’t know if we’ll see GL, MM, or The Flash in JUSTICE LEAGUE; if I had to guess, I’d say no, those characters will not be included. As far as Apokolips and Darkseid being in JL, again, I doubt it. I think that would be too similar to what Marvel has and is doing with their MCU films like THE AVENGERS and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Personally, I have no desire to see Batman fight a god in a live-action film – or in a comic book for that matter. I hope that Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio (and let’s don’t forget Ben Affleck has input as well) will come up with something more original than yet another “alien invasion of Earth.”

You've stated that you're not a huge fan of the "A-hole" Batman that dominated the comics in the 90s. Being that that version of the character, I think, can be traced back to THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, do you think BvS might lead to a resurgence in A-hole Batman?

JETT SAYS: Keith, great question. From a historical point of view, I’d say that “A-hole Batman” (AHB from now on) is totally a riff off of Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. However, I’d say that AHB was more of an exaggeration – a caricature, if you will – of the Miller/TDKR Dark Knight that didn’t jibe with me and a lot of other Batman fans. Frankly, it can be argued that AHB was as much of a goof – a parody – on our beloved Batman as the 60s TV series is/was (depending on your POV). So, while The Batfleck of BvS might be an edgy, dark, grizzled, and – ahem – mature version of Batman, I think that he’s still going to be a hero…and likable.

Who do you want to see play Nightwing/Harley Quinn/ Robin in the new DCU on film?

JETT SAYS: LOT’S of y’all have been asking me about casting of these characters, so I decided to consolidate all those questions and provide this one response: I have NO idea! Just give me a good actor/actress first and foremost and I think the aesthetics will take care of themselves. I will say that when it comes to Harley, they need to pick a totally HOT blonde-haired/blue-eyed chick with HUGE boobs. Yahtzee!

Hi Jett! Did you ever listened to or reviewed those really well done audiobooks by Graphic Audio, like "Dead White" and "Wayne of Gotham?" I can't remember seeing it on BOF.

JETT SAYS: Anri, You did not and I have not. However, I’ll make it a point to check some of them out. Personally, I’m more of a visual guy and like reading Batman stories in comics or watching them be it live-action or animation. Honestly, I’m not a big “audio book” guy.

Do you think we'll ever see an acrobatic Batman on film like in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES? I think BATMAN FOREVER did the most in this regard, with Batman actually swinging on a grapple. Not trying to be picky, I just prefer my Batman to not to always rely on his cape! (via email)

JETT SAYS: Maybe, I guess. Personally, I don’t think there’s much of a difference – especially aesthetically – and both methods of travel serve the same purpose.

You’ve mentioned the letter you received from Chris Nolan before on BOF and have said it is one of your most prized possessions. Care to divulge what he wrote? (via email)

JETT SAYS: Since he also thanks Batman fans in the letter, I think Chris would think it’s OK. Hell, it’s framed and sitting on a shelf in my office, so anyone who comes in can read it anyway! Here goes…

Bill –

I just wanted to write a quick not to say thank you for all of your support and encouragement over the years. It’s been an incredible ride, made possible mostly by the passion and dedication of fans of Batman such as you.

Thank you for everything,

Chris

Pretty F’ing cool, right?!

A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
is the founder of BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM.
He likes Elvis, Rock-N-Roll,
The University of Texas, cold beer,
Dallas Cowboys Football, and of course...
THE BATMAN!
He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS with his lovely wife, three kids, and two Boston Terriers.


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