The August 24, 2014 BOF Mailbag
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
August 24, 2014

Here's the BOF MAILBAG for the week ending August 24, 2014! Thanks for all the questions and keep them coming via EMAIL, BOF's FACEBOOK PAGE, or on BOF's TWITTER.

Also, Sean Gerber and I answered some of your questions during the latest BOF PODCAST, so make sure you CHECK IT OUT. AND...

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JETT SAYS: Hell no. In fact, everyone should think like that.

What Batman story from the comics do you not like even though it is considered a "classic?" (via email)

JETT SAYS: Jake, nice question...trying to put me on the spot, eh? Yes, there are a few comic book stories that I dislike that are still considered "classics," and they are: THE KILLING JOKE, ARKHAM ASYLUM: A SERIOUS HOUSE ON SERIOUS EARTH and HUSH. In fact Jake, HUSH is not and should not be considered a classic Batman comic book story.

JETT SAYS: Gut feeling? Yes. There’s been speculation and rumors for a while now that “Doomsday” – and I despise that name to be honest – is a Lex Luthor-created being genetically produced via the corpse of General Zod. A “ Bizzaro Zod” if you will.

With that said, isn’t that a little too obvious and predictable – you know what I’m sayin’.

Given the set pictures that have come out of Scoot McNairy, do you think he could be The Flash? If not, who do you suspect he will play?

JETT SAYS: Thinker, I’m not sure why folks are speculating that he’s The Flash due to those pictures. BOF’s scooper “Shoeless” has told me that McNairy is not The Flash, Robin (WTF?!), nor is he playing ANY of the characters that have been suggested online. Whomever he’s playing doesn’t like Superman and is very public and vocal about it. I’m thinking he’s someone who was injured during the “Battle of Metropolis” between Superman and Zod and now carries around a big bag of hate for The Man of Steel. I’m also of the mind that he’s allied with Lex Luthor in some capacity.

Do you think it's possible to do what many fans want and introduce one of Batman's costumed sidekick's onto film (accepting that John Blake was a great character, but not costumed) in a way that it doesn't lower Batman's coolness or sense of feasible realism in the minds of the wider audience?

JETT SAYS: Matthew, I know you sent in a two-parter, so let’s save the second one for another mailbag, OK? As far as this question is concerned, I believe that it’s a given that Batfleck has had a Robin or two in his life by the time the events of BATMAN v SUPERMAN occur. And I think it would be a good guess that one of the Robins was killed in action. Perhaps we’ll see hints of this in BvS and it will be explored in more depth in the first solo Affleck Batflick.

I'd love to know if you've watched the bonus documentaries on the recent animated Batman features and how you felt about them. I feel like they're becoming as interesting as the main features.

JETT SAYS: Bobby, I agree with you that these documentaries are done very well. I greatly enjoy them too.

If Nolan had decided to explain The Joker’s absence in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, what would you have wanted the reason to be and what characters would be involved in the discussion about his absence?

JETT SAYS: Mance, via the film’s novelization, Gotham’s criminal fraternity were moved from Arkham Asylum to Blackgate Prison once the Dent Act become law. All but ONE according to the book…

“The worst of the worst were sent here, except for The Joker, who, rumor had it, was locked away as Arkham’s sole remaining inmate. Or perhaps he had escaped. Nobody was really even sure. Not even Selina.”

Since Chris had his hands on EVERYTHING related to the “Trilogy,” I’m sure that this explanation had his blessing – and that’s good enough for me.

When can we expect the first BATMAN v SUPERMAN teaser trailer?

JETT SAYS: Matt, I think that’ll come mid-2015, a year before the film’s release.

Jett, who are your personal top 5 favorite Batman villains?

JETT SAYS: Here they are Mike ranked 5 to 1…

5) Mr. Freeze (the BTAS version) 4) Hugo Strange 3) Catwoman 2) Two Face 1) The Joker.

Jett, do you think that Ben Affleck could be ghost-directing BATMAN v SUPERMAN with Zack Snyder?

JETT SAYS: Jaime, I do not. BvS is Zack’s film, no doubt about it. However, as I’ve said many times here on BOF, I do believe that Ben Affleck’s influence – particularly on how Batman will be portrayed in BvS, JUSTICE LEAGUE, and a Batfleck Batflick – is substantial. And don’t discount Affleck’s influence when it came to bringing in Chris Terrio to re-write the original script. Nonetheless, Zack’s the boss.

Jett, of the three Catwomen on the 60s BATMAN TV series – Eartha Kitt, Julie Newmar, and Lee Meriwether – who's your favorite? And then, objectively, who's the best?

JETT SAYS: Cameron, good question, but an easy one. Julie Newmar is my fave and the best as well.

When THE DARK KNIGHT RISES came out you said it topped THE DARK KNIGHT. Two years removed, do you still feel that way?

JETT SAYS: Great question Nick – a real thought-provoker. Hmm…

Perhaps I was being a bit hyperbolic in saying RISES topped TDK. Looking back, what I really meant – and should’ve said – that RISES lived up to the hype. Personally, I think RISES is a great film – a very complex film – and I absolutely love it. It’s ending hit me emotionally the most of any scene found in the entire “Dark Knight Trilogy.” However, I believe that TDK is not only the best Batman film to date, but the greatest comic book/superhero movie to date as well.

Von Erichs or Freebirds?

JETT SAYS: Neither Rob – I’m not a wresting fan at all. But if I was, it would be André the Giant because he played Big Foot on one of my favorite TV series of all time, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN.

JETT SAYS: I never was much of an amusement park guy – even as a kid. But if I could create one that was DC-based, it would be a Batman park 100%. And it would be for me only so I could dress up as The Dark Knight and do a lot of Batmanning.

Jett, I'm a gym rat and personal trainer and I read on BOF (or maybe it was on your Twitter?) that you've been working out hard and lost some LBS. What are you doing and how did you do it? (via email)

JETT SAYS: Well Sean (not Sean Gerber from MMM, FYI), I played football in HS, for a little while in college, and then coached it for years. Even though I've always been active and worked out Sean, I let my diet get away from me - even though I thought I was "eating right." So, I my wife and I totally cleaned up the diet by giving up breads, chips, crackers, rice, potatoes, and kicking up the green veggies and protiens. I also use the MY FITNESS PAL app/website to monitor what I eat and how much I workout. Oh yeah, we shut down processed foods and going out to eat. And honestly, that pretty much did it and allowed me to drop about 25 LBS since the first of June. As far as working out Sean - and I'm sure that's what interested you, I created a "home gym" a few years ago and have MANY workout DVD's. My favorites are P90X, P90X3, T25 and several offerings from MEN'S HEALTH including MH60, THE SPARTACUS WORKOUT, THE BELLY OFF WORKOUTS, and TEN MINUTE TORCHERS. Bob Harper's stuff from his "Inside Out Method" kick ass as well. If anyone reading has any questions about getting started, specific workouts I recommend, etc., feel free to email me at JETT@BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM - I'll be more than happy to help! 25 LBS down, 15 to go!

Bill, I've been with you since the "JettD60" days. What's your most "prized possession" acquired from running BOF? (via email)

JETT SAYS: Hi Adam and THANKS for being with me all these years. Lot's of y'all have been coming out of the woodwork lately asking questions/making comments and I LOVE hearing for the BOF "oldtimers." On to your question...

I've probably answered this before, but the two things I'm most proud of when it comes to BOF are getting a "Thank You" letter from Chris Nolan after THE DARK KNIGHT RISES hit theaters in '12 and earning the respect of Michael Uslan and having him consider me a friend. There's some other things, but I'd prefer to keep them private...until I write my book. :)

JETT SAYS: Even though it looks as if the cowl and neck are attached – and they probably are – I’m thinking that the technology has improved to the point that even a one piece cowl/neck will have the ability to rotate fairly freely. So no, I don’t think Batfleck will have any problems backing the new Batmobile out of the Batcave.

I’ve been with you since the days of “JettD60’s Batman 5 Page” and I’m proud of the respect you have earned. After the destruction of Metropolis and the killing of Zod in MAN OF STEEL, this Superman doesn't seems very super-heroic to me. Could it be the function of an old Batman to teach Superman the meaning of being a true superhero? Best regards from Spain!

JETT SAYS: Hi Francisco – thanks for following BOF all these years bro! On to your question…

I think whether or not Superman was “super heroic” during MOS’s finale boils down to one’s individual preferences and tastes. While I thought the battle between Superman and Zod was a little long and could’ve been cut a bit, I personally thought Superman was a hero. As far as Batman teaching Superman how to be a superhero, I don’t think that’s what they are going for – though an older and battle experienced Batman should be able to teach Kal El a thing or two. What I think they are going for is Batman’s going to be very cynical and suspicious of a flying invulnerable alien who can shoot lasers out of his eyes. Of course, it’s inevitable that they’ll end up allies at some point. Friends? Probably not.

Not a question, but commentary. I, like you, have never been a fan of Batman sharing the screen with super-powered beings, Superman included. However, my opposition towards the Last Son of Krypton has lessened recently. Why? Other them needing to be in the same movie, I personally believe in extra-terrestrials – I refuse to believe that, in a universe as vast as this, Earth is the only planet with intelligent life (not so much them being exactly like us, though). While the events of MAN OF STEEL aren't really probable, they're certainly possible. And then take into account your "hypothesis" of WW being of Kryptonian origin, and also Aquaman as proposed by another reader in last week's mailbag. That would make it a little easier for me to swallow than Earthlings with super powers – although it's not canon and would definitely (and justifiably) piss off fans of those characters. What say you? (Actually that did end up being a question!)

JETT SAYS: What say I Jason? Canon, smanon! No one will care but the diehard fanboy – and it’s kinda fun when they freak out, right? But seriously, I’m with you on this one dude. While I don’t know if I believe in “little green men,” I certainly think the possibility of intelligent life on other planets is very likely. Hey, I watch ANCIENT ALIENS, OK?! Thus, I like the premise of MAN OF STEEL being a “first contact” film which of course was the idea of David Goyer and Chris Nolan. I think that premise will also play a part in BATMAN v SUPERMAN as well, you know? Think about it: How in the hell would we react if we found out a human-looking, invincible alien lived among us? We’d probably freakout like a fanboy over the casting of Ben Affleck/Heath Ledger/Anne Hathaway as Batman/The Joker/Catwoman! I believe that BvS and even JUSTICE LEAGUE will be much more “grounded” than many fans think.

You recently mentioned that you would be down for a Suicide Squad film and I completely agree with you! But you have mentioned before you aren't a fan of team-up films – so why then Suicide Squad?

JETT SAYS: Tyler, it’s BATMAN in team-up films (or comics for that matter) that I’m not a fan of; not superhero team-up films in general. Hell, not only would I love to see a SS movie, but I’d be down with films based on the Metal Men, Doom Patrol, and The Outsiders as well. And I’m one of the biggest supporters of that Guillermo del Toro JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK/DARK UNIVERSE project as well (though sadly, I don’t think it’s going to happen). To me, groups like the Suicide Squad – and even Marvel’s Fantastic Four or X-Men (who actually debuted after the Doom Patrol, FYI) – are popular and interesting for the team dynamic, as opposed to singular iconic characters like Batman, Superman, or Spider-Man. So yeah, bring on some cool DC-based team-up flicks – just leave Batman alone in Gotham where he really belongs. (BATMAN v SUPERMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE excluded ‘cause the hay’s already in barn on those.)

Jett, do you REALLY hate fanboys or is it just a bit for your website?

JETT SAYS: Austin from Austin, TX, it's a bit of a "bit," but not that much. I’m too cool and happy with my life to actually “hate” anyone. However, I do rather despise the "Screaming Loudest” segment of fandom that has, sadly, come to represent all of us in the eyes of the mainstream. I want folks outside of fandom to know that the majority of us are good people and not the stereotypical bottom-feeders who bang-away nonsense on their keyboards on various message boards on the Net. I used to embrace the term “Fanboy” and was proud to use that moniker to describe myself. Unfortunately, those days are long gone thanks to the very small, but vocal, minority of comic book “fans.” Maybe I’m too optimistic, but I still hope that, one day, these tools will be regulated to the realm of insignificance where they belong.

JETT SAYS: I don’t believe we’ll see any Batman villains BvS, unless there are Batman villains in BvS. ;)

Since Nolan's "Dark Knight Trilogy" ended I have seen you say that THE DARK KNIGHT is the best Batman film ever made and the best comic book film ever made, However, you say that BATMAN BEGINS is your favorite. Unless I simply do not understand you, this seems like an oxymoron. Maybe you could clarify your statement for me? Thanks! I’ve been a fan since JettD60's "Batman 5 Page.” Keep up the great work, man. I'd love to see this show up in a future mailbag! (via email)

JETT SAYS: David, you made the mailbag! Here’s the deal and it’s really simple…

Yes, THE DARK KNIGHT is absolutely the best of the “Trilogy” and – as I’ve said MANY times – the best comic book film to date. However, my favorite of the three Nolan films is BATMAN BEGINS; not be because it’s the best, but because that one means more to me personally than the two that followed. Why? Because it’s essentially the reason I started BOF in June of 1998. Back then – only a year removed from BATMAN AND ROBIN – I wasn’t sure we’d ever get another Batman film. For me, BEGINS is the culmination of all the campaigning and lobbying I did on BOF for 7 years prior to its release. And for it to be such an awesome Batman movie – better than any of the previous cinematic endeavors to me – was the icing on the cake.

JETT SAYS: I think Nightwing is a strong possibility – though no one’s been cast that would fit the bill for that role. I don’t think we’ll see Robin; but maybe a Robin costume on display in the Batcave.

Has WB officially confirmed that Ray Fisher & Jason Mamoa have been signed to play Victor Stone/Cyborg & Arthur Curry/Aquaman? Do you believe we’ll see Flash & Green Lantern in the JL film that is supposedly to follow BvS and if so why do you think we haven’t heard any rumours with regards to possibly candidates to play these characters? (via email)

JETT SAYS: Dave, both were announced in the trades, so yeah, it’s pretty much confirmed. As far as seeing Green Lantern and The Flash in JUSTICE LEAGUE, very, Very, VERY doubtful on the former and maybe on the latter. Perhaps we haven’t heard any casting rumors for those two because GL and The Flash ain’t going to be in it.

Big fan of BOF since I can remember thanks for all you have done. I've been saying this for years and get a ton of heat from Marvel fans and fanboys. I am totally against a cinematic universe. These actors at some point are going to grow out of the characters whether it's due to age or lack of interest. Then we get the Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney treatment. Why can't we just get a solid few films out of each character. Why do they all have to interact? Then I realize it's all about $$$. Can't the studios still make the $$$ they want if they just told a story that didn't interact with every movie they have made previously? Also if Jason Todd is dead in BvS they better keep him that way. While I did enjoy reading/watching UNDER THE RED HOOD comic and animated film, I didn't want to. (via email)

JETT SAYS: Peter, I’m also not a fan of a “shared cinematic universe” as I think it can be creatively stifling and for lots of other reasons that I’ve discussed ad nauseam on BOF. However, I’ll admit that I do find it sort of cool that we’ll soon get to see Batman and Superman – my personal two favorite comic book superheroes – on the big screen together for the first time in a “serious” live-action film. With that said, I truly don’t think that Warner Bros. is going to follow/copy the “Marvel Blueprint” when it comes to their own DC-based movies. As far as your Jason Todd question is concerned, if the character is in BvS – “in BvS” as in dead, but mentioned – I don’t think he’ll be getting the Lazarus Pit treatment in a future Batman film.

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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