The 10/4/14 BOF Mailbag
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
October 4, 2014

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...

Is there any iteration you could envision Killer Croc translating to the big screen? I think he's one of the worst-used members of the Rogue's Gallery and that the best version of Croc is yet to be written. But the idea of Batman going underground and into the sewers to track his foe would be awesome to see in live-action, so I'm hoping that someone is up to the challenge of bringing our dermatologically-challenged friend to the silver screen. In your opinion, any way this could work?

JETT SAYS: If you’ve ever read my friend Lee Bermejo’s graphic novel JOKER, his take on Killer Croc could work in a live-action film.

JETT SAYS: I think it’s an important role, but I don’t know if I’d call it “big.” Clearly, Jeremy Irons’ Alfred Pennyworth will be around whenever Ben Affleck’s Batman is Batmanning (and Bruce Wayneing). But I don’t expect the character to have as much screen time as Michael Caine did in “The Dark Knight Trilogy.” I am interested in seeing Zack Snyder’s take on the character and how Iron’s will portray it.

Do you think they would ever dare to do the New 52 "face cut off and strapped back on" Joker in a live-action movie?

JETT SAYS: I doubt it – though I think it would be cool. Outside of the readers of Batman comic books, I don’t think anyone knows that The Joker wears his cut off and leathered face as a mask. It would be a fresh take on the character though, aethetically speaking. When it comes to Joker on film, we've had a permawhite Joker and a Joker who wore makeup. So why not a Joker who wears his cut off grill as a mask?

What are your thoughts on the design of Frank Miller's Batman? Is he too big or just right?

JETT SAYS: I like Miller’s Batman from THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, but I wouldn’t want Batman to be that big and hulking in the in-continuity comics.

Now that BEWARE THE BATMAN has finished airing, it is time for a post mortem. Why do you think that the series did not find an audience? Was it the style of animation, the darker tone that might have performed better in the evening rather than Saturday morning, fanboy resentment over previous series' cancelation, etc.?

JETT SAYS: Ian, I don’t think that many Batman fans gave it a chance for some reason. I don’t know if it was the animation or darker tone…I just can’t put my finger on it. I will say that it had no business being aired on Saturday mornings; it definitely should’ve aired in primetime. Personally, I liked it and wish that Warner Bros. Animation and the Cartoon Network would’ve stuck with it for at least a second season.

When will Warner Bros. announce what [DC Comics] movies they are planning to release?

JETT SAYS: I guess when they are ready. They’ve revealed the release dates for 9 DC Comics-based films (in addition to BATMAN v SUPERMAN) and I think it’s fairly clear what 8 of the 9 will be. My educated guess is that the films are: SHAZAM!, solo Aquaman, solo Wonder Woman, JUSTICE LEAGUE, JUSTICE LEAGUE sequel, SUICIDE SQUAD, solo Affleck Batflick, and MAN OF STEEL 2. I’m not sure what the 9th film will be as of yet. Perhaps a sequel to The Rock’s SHAZAM!.

What are the chances of getting a Robin or Nightwing “Easter Egg” in BATMAN v SUPERMAN?

JETT SAYS: I’ve addressed this before and I believe the chances are pretty good. As we know, this Batman on film is older – like in his mid-40s – so that means he’s been Batman for 15 to 20 years. Therefore, I believe it’s safe to assume that he’s had a Robin or three as a partner and one of them might have even died in the line of duty.

In THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, was Scarecrow an inmate of Blackgate prison? And since there was no mention of Arkham Asylum, are we to assume that Bane only wanted to release Blackgate criminals imprisoned under The Dent Act?

JETT SAYS: Anthony, I’d say it’s safe to say that’s exactly what Chris Nolan and co. wanted us to infer, yes. On a side note, the film’s novelization does mention Arkham Asylum and apparently, The Joker was kept there as opposed to being imprisoned in Blackgate.

Do you think we'll ever see a LONG HALLOWEEN/DARK VICTORY animated adaptation?

JETT SAYS: Gabe, I don’t think so. The vibe I get from what I’ve been hearing is that they’re moving away from adaptations like YEAR ONE and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and will be doing “inspired by” films like SON OF BATMAN. While I love both TLH and DV, I’m not sure you could do them justice in a 90 minute (give or take) animated movie. If I could have my pick of a Batman comic book story to be given the straight-up adaptation treatment, it would be GOTHAM BY GASLAMP.

All faith and loyalty to Snyder aside (I am banging his drum too brother!) do you feel that BATMAN v SUPERMAN is doing enough to really set itself apart from former versions of the character on film? For example, I myself feel that the new Batmobile being an amalgam of BATMAN ‘89 and “The Dark Knight Trilogy” is pandering to the lowest common denominator, instead of being bold and creating something truly original. I suppose I myself would like to see them fail doing something radically different than play it safe and just give us something good but not great based on past successes. Thoughts?

JETT SAYS: JPH, good question. I’m not sure how much “different” you could’ve made the new BvS Batmobile. I mean, it’s The Batmobile – you know what I’m sayin’? I guess you could’ve gone with a big-ass tank ala THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, but heck, Nolan kinda did that with The Tumbler in his films. As far as how The Batman himself will be portrayed in BvS, I do think Snyder and co. are indeed doing something different by making the character a middle aged man. The suit is also aesthetically different from what we’ve seen previously, so that’ll help explain to the audience that this is a different and new version of Batman on film. With all that said, we really won’t know until we see the film.

How many members of Batman, Inc. does it take to screw in a light bulb?

JETT SAYS: None. Batman would pull Chuck Norris out of his utility belt and make him do it. (If you don't get it, read last week's BOF Mailbag.)

What's your opinion on having Jason Todd being killed on-screen in either solo Batman ) and maybe some hints of it having happened in BATMAN v SUPERMAN. I'd love to see this happening to a certain level of brutality.

JETT SAYS: I’m not sure if I’d want to see the gruesome, bloody, and gruesome murder of Jason Todd depicted on film in an explicit manner. You know, sometimes what you don’t see is even more horrifying. And as far as it being mentioned or alluded to in BvS, I’ve said many times that I think it’s highly likely.

If BATMAN v SUPERMAN is really successful, could it possibly decrease the chances of seeing Superman have his own movie later on (maybe the perception is that his character alone won't carry a film)? On a related note, do you think that the whole "shared universe" craze will ever stagnate and prevent more ambitious solo films from being made?

JETT SAYS: Trey, 100% believe that we’ll see Henry Cavill in another solo Superman film down the line. Also, there are definitely more DC-based solo character films in Warner Bros.’ plans.

I have been a follower of BOF for a long time. I have a question for you that I don't think you have ever been asked, so here goes: Other than the goodies you have received from the Nolan “Dark Knight Trilogy,” what is your most cherished Batman item? Thank you for being a great voice for the Batman fans. Keep up the great work! (via email)

JETT SAYS: Thanks Joe Van Ersvelde for the nice words and for being a longtime follower of BOF! Honestly, I didn’t get a lot of material “goodies” all those years covering the Nolan films. Most of the cool stuff that means a lot to me in regards to the “Trilogy” is the things that I got to do and the friendships that I made because of it. Here are my three most prized Batman possessions…

A handwritten “Thank You” card from Chris Nolan on his personal stationary…

A picture the 3 year old me in a homemade Batman suit made constructed by my Mom…

And having "The Boy Who Loved Batman" himself, Michael Uslan, consider me a trusted friend.

A number of bloggers/podcasters have been less than kind with regards to the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, but to me one particular podcaster’s comments stood out and at no time did he make any physically disrespectable comments all he said was “she’s just a model and her casting is insult to all professional actresses.” Sounds just as harsh as some of the other comments I’ve heard and read. Whether you have some insider information or whether it’s your professional opinion, what do you make of this casting choice for Wonder Woman and why do you think DC/WB didn’t go with an actress that has more experience and gravitas? (via email)

JETT SAYS: Dave, an actress with more experience and gravitas like, say, Gina Carrano? Because that’s the sort of “actress” (no offense to the lovely Ms. Carano either) fanboys would’ve cast as Wonder Woman. I think that Zack Snyder and co. tested several actresses for the part and pick Ms. Gadot because they felt that she was right for their incarnation of Wonder Woman. We’ve seen fanboy meltdowns over casting for nearly 3 decades now and apparently, they never learn. Let’s wait until we see the film and Ms. Gadot’s performance before spouting off ridiculous hyperbole (not you Dave, fans and podcasters).

A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
is the founder of BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM.
He likes Elvis, Rock-N-Roll,
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He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS with his lovely wife, three kids, and two Boston Terriers.

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