The "Labor Day 2014" BOF Mailbag
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
September 14, 2014

After taking off last weekend, the BOF Mailbag is back! Thanks for all the questions and keep them coming via EMAIL, BOF's FACEBOOK PAGE, or on BOF's TWITTER.

JETT SAYS: Oh, I think that many people believe it’s “cool” to bash things as opposed to being optimistic. However, I think a lot of it concerning BvS is nothing more than fanboy nonsense online that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. Don’t sweat it dude, alright? Enjoy the buildup to this film between now and its release in (a little less than) two years.

Bane was awesome in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, but since then he's gone back to being pointless in the comics. What do you think the writers can take from that film to mix with comic book version?

JETT SAYS: Nick, to be honest, I have no idea how Bane is being portrayed in the comics right now, so I’m probably not the best person to answer this question. I will say that I thought RISES’s take on Bane was much more interesting than any of the character’s comic book incarnations. I’ve never been a fan of the whole Venom thing basically turning him into a drug-created “Hulk.”

How do you think Ben Affleck’s “Bat-Voice” will sound? More like Bale, Conroy, or Keaton?

JETT SAYS: Frank, I think, ultimately, Affleck’s Batman will sound like, well, Batman. What I’d like for them to do with Batman’s voice in this incarnation is distort it digitally so it sounds menacing and then say that his voice sounds this way via a contraption in the cowl. I mean, really, why would Bruce Wayne have to disguise his voice by whispering/growling when he’s got the technology to do it for him? Actually, this was the premise behind Christian Bale’s Batman voice in the “Trilogy,” but it was never explained in any of the films.

Hi Jett! Will Affleck's Batman show off his detective/fighting skills against someone other than Superman? I felt the detective aspect was low-key in Nolan's films.

JETT SAYS: Sean, I’m sure Batfleck will fight someone other than Superman in the film and will do some detective work in BvS. However, I disagree with the folks who said Batman’s detective skills were ignored in “The Dark Knight Trilogy” as this aspect of Batman was featured several times in both BATMAN BEGINS (traveling the world studying the criminal mind and discovering Gordon was the one cop he could trust) and THE DARK KNIGHT (recreating a shattered bullet to ID a fingerprint), as well as a bit in the beginning of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (ID’ing Selina Kyle).

Do you think that with the BvS version of Batman, they might really dig deep in to how mentally unhinged he is? I feel like they have to if he's going up against a guy who is basically a god.

JETT SAYS: Jack, why would this new Batman on film have to be unhinged? I’m of the belief that this Batman will represent us – the audience – and react just as we would if a human-looking, invincible, flying alien showed up here on Earth.

JETT SAYS: Well, it looks like – I don’t know – the Batmobile! Therefore I dig it.

If CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDER had not been as successful as it was, do you think BATMAN v SUPERMAN would still have been rescheduled to a non-traditional release date? (via email)

JETT SAYS: Hamad, remember, BvS was originally scheduled to be released in July of 2015, so the first date they picked was indeed “traditional.” I think that Warner Bros. really didn’t think that Marvel Films would have a film ready for May 6, 2016 and jumped on it. Ultimately, Warner Bros. made the correct decision in moving to March 25, 2016 which actually might be a better release date. With the Summer movie season actually starting now in April, BATMAN v SUPERMAN will be first up and has the chance to make the biggest impression.

Could Snyder's JUSTICE LEAGUE film be an adaptation of “Forever Evil?” Also I just read BRUCE WAYNE: MURDERER and BRUCE WAYNE: FUGATIVE. I really enjoyed them both. Have you read them, what are your thoughts? Could you ever seeing this story line being adapted into a film? (via email)

JETT SAYS: Hi Peter, thanks for the email. I don’t think JUSTICE LEAGUE will be a straight-up adaptation of any comic book story. Now, it may have a few elements of some classic stories from the comics – the “inspired by” thing – but I don’t believe “Forever Evil” will be an influence. As far as the two Batman comic book stories you mentioned, yes I have read them and enjoyed both. However, I don’t consider them “Classic Batman Comics.” With that said, the idea of Bruce Wayne being framed and accused of murder is interesting – maybe it’ll get the animated film treatment at some point in the future.

The general consensus is that Warner Bros. decided to "shake the Batman money-maker" to improve the box office of the MAN OF STEEL sequel that has become BATMAN v SUPERMAN. If the DC-based television shows (ARROW, THE FLASH, CONSTANTINE) ever/begin to falter in the ratings, do you think that they would "shake it" with the addition of a member of the Bat-Family? And if GOTHAM faces a similar situation, do you think that the show runners would be pressured to move the timeline forward to accommodate an older Bruce Wayne that wears the cape and cowl?

JETT SAYS: Ian, great question. Here’s what I know/think…

We’ll never see any prominent members of the Batman Family in ARROW, THE FLASH, or CONSTANTINE due to character licensing rights. As far as GOTHAM is concerned, I don’t think it’ll ever transform into a Batman series – one that actually features the fully formed Batman – due to the fact that Warner Bros. wants to reserve “Batman proper,” if you will, for film endeavors. When it comes to GOTHAM, I’m more concerned about it becoming more focused on the origins of the classic Batman villains as opposed to a police procedural featuring Jim Gordon. I’ve seen the pilot (read my review HERE), and wasn’t overly impressed. But yeah, I totally get what you’re saying/suggesting here. The pressure to include Batman – WB’s most popular character of their DC stable – has got to be immense. Hell, you’ve gotta think that if they could have their way, Batman would be involved with ALL DC-based properties!

Though I love THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and think it was a great conclusion to the “Trilogy,” I was a little disappointed some important supporting characters weren't brought back or mentioned. Were you disappointed Ramirez didn't have a redemptive moment in RISES? Also, we didn't find out what happened to Fredericks or if the little boy he saved in BATMAN BEGINS did in fact rule get to Westeros?

JETT SAYS: You got your GAME OF THRONES joke in Ricky, congrats! On to your main question…

Honestly, I didn’t feel as if there was anything from any of the three films that felt unresolved when RISES’s end credits rolled. In my head, Ramirez either died at the hands of Two Face in TDK or, if she survived, was indicted and brought to justice afterwards via “The Dent Act.” Fredericks was obviously brought to “trial” and met the same dire fate as many of Gotham’s elite. As far as the little boy Batman saved/gave the Bat-gadget to in BEGINS, I’ve always thought it would’ve been kinda cool if he had turned out to be Robin John Blake. I’ve got to think that Team Nolan must have considered it, but chose not to go that route for whatever reason.

Which comic book incarnation of Robin – Dick, Jason, Tim, or Damien – is your favorite and why?

JETT SAYS: Rob, probably Dick Grayson as that’s the Robin I grew up on reading comics and watching the 60s TV series. I think the Dick Grayson Robin is one of the most important comic book characters in the history of comic books. Now, the comics of the early 70s that I cut my teeth on as a young fan didn’t feature “Batman and Robin,” so my personal preference has always been a solo Batman without sidekicks. However, I will admit that my favorite favorite version of Robin just might be Carrie Kelly from THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS.

Were there any plans for a SUPERMAN RETURNS sequel?

JETT SAYS: Yep, and it was going to be called, ironically, THE MAN OF STEEL. Bryan Singer certainly wanted to do it and star Brandon Routh expected it to happen as both talked a lot about a sequel the year-plus after the release of SUPERMAN RETURNS; a film, despite today’s perception, did indeed make money and received overall positive reviews. Ultimately, Warner Bros. decided to move away from the continuity of the two Richard Donner films (Yes, I know that Richard Lester “directed” SUPERMAN II) and do something different. Thus, we got MAN OF STEEL in 2013.

Bill, do you think it’s possible the teaser trailer for BvS could be released with THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON next May (2015)? Also during filming of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, you said you knew more about the film than you could/be allowed to tell us readers. Is it the same with this BvS?

JETT SAYS: Glen, the BvS teaser trailer will premiere at some point during the Spring of 2015, so I believe it’s very likely that it’ll run in theaters before showings of TA:AOU. I’ve gotten LOTS of email asking me when I think we’ll see that first teaser trailer for BvS with many wondering if it’ll come this Fall. Based on my experience, I’d say we won’t see anything until the Spring/Summer of ’15; but, I certainly wouldn’t be shocked if Warner Bros. attached a short, well, something with the new THE HOBBIT film this December.

Hi Jett. Do you think BATMAN v SUPERMAN will end up, as I fear, coming off “Marvelized?” Also, if the GOTHAM TV series ends up being a Nolan-esque gritty crime drama that’s true to the comics and the Batman mythos, will you end up being a bigger fan of it than Batman on film? Cheers!

JETT SAYS: I don’t think that BvS is going to be “Marvelized” at all. Clearly, Warner Bros. is doing things different with their DC films than Marvel Studios are doing with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the Marvel Films wear their, for lack of a better description, “comic bookiness” on their sleeve, Warner Bros. appears to be going for a more serious and “realistic” tone – and that’s more than OK with me.

As far as your question about GOTHAM, I don’t foresee myself become a bigger fan of it than Batman on film. While I loved Batman comic books as a kid and still do to this day, Batman in film is my personal favorite medium for the character. Plus, I’ve have no concerns about the future of Batman on film or Ben Affleck as Batman. However, I do have trepidations about GOTHAM. While I’m pulling for it to be a success, I’m not sure that it will be.

Hey Jett, greetings from Ireland! Firstly, thanks for all you've done for Batman fans over the years. I’ve been following BOF since BATMAN BEGINS with a daily check since THE DARK KNIGHT! Anyway, I'm a huge Batmobile fan! My question is both what you think of the official Batmobile image Zack Snyder just released, and whether Batman on film will ever see a return to the sleeker Batmobiles from BATMAN ‘89 or BATMAN FOREVER (love that opening sequence), instead of the more militaristic incarnations? (via email)

JETT SAYS: Hello Joe, greetings from Texas! Thanks for supporting BOF all these years! In regards to your question, I think that this new Batmobile is pretty darn sleek and has more in common with those from the Burton/Schumacher films than The Tumbler from “The Dark Knight Trilogy.” Clearly, the guns on the front of the car are not permanent and it has an traditional front end. I’m assuming that Batman will push a button inside the Batmobile, the vehicle’s front will widen, and the guns will emerge. Actually, there seems to be several versions of this Batmobile and some of its functions will be completed in post-production.

Although the photos taken of Jena Malone on set of BATMAN v SUPERMAN were probably nothing more than her making a friendly visit (considering she worked with Zack Snyder on SUCKER PUNCH), what are your thoughts on her potentially taking on a role in the DCCU? I think she'd be perfect as Harley Quinn if the character shows up in Ben Affleck's solo Batman film. (via email)

JETT SAYS: Well Anthony, those pics are news to me as I try to avoid spy/paparazzi pics from the set. As far as Jena Malone is concerned, I’d have no issue with her taking a role in BvS or in a future Batman film if the director sees it fit. I don’t know if she’d make a good Harley though. I don’t think she’s nearly hot enough and her boobs aren’t big like Harley’s.

Jett, I'm curious what your objection is with Robert Wuhl's portrayal of Alexander Knox in BATMAN ‘89? Like most, I'm a huge fan of the original, and while I acknowledge it has its flaws, I never considered Wuhl to be one of them. In fact, I kind of enjoyed his cheesy, snarky newsman schtick and thought it fit into Burton's stylized Gotham nicely. What gives? (via email)

JETT SAYS: “Kentucky Bat-Fan,” different strokes for different Bat-folks my friend. And really, how does an investigative reporter in Gotham City not know what Bruce Wayne looks like?!

Hello Jett. I’m curious as to what are your favorite elements of the 1960s BATMAN television series? Whom are your favorite villains? I’m partial to "The Big Four" myself, as I’m sure you know who I mean. Also, why is there no section on the BOF MESSAGE BOARD to discuss the series?(via email)

JETT SAYS: Well Steve, I simply love the whole series because it's what made me a Batman fan. Is it "My Batman?" No. But it a very significant aspect of my Batman Life. As far as my favorite villains, while I liked all of them, I'm especially fond of Cesar Romero's Joker. My favorite episode is the series' very first two-parter, "Hi Diddle Riddle/Smack in the Middle."

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