"The BvS/New DCU on Film Announcement Mailbag" Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
October 16, 2014
The BOF INBOX has been hammered over the last 24 hours. Below, you'll find my answers to the four most common questions that were sent to me. The topics? Warner Bros.' DC on film announcement, the future of Batfleck, and my "Amazons could be the offspring of ancient Kryptonian astronauts" hypothesis.
Should Batman fans be worried that Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara didn’t give the next solo Batman film a release date during his recent DC on film announcement?
JETT SAYS: Nope. There’s no way in Hades that Warner Bros. is done with solo Batman films and I can guarantee you that one’s coming starring Ben Affleck. Not only is the character of Batman WB’s #1 DC on film asset, it’s (he’s?) damn near at the top of WB’s movie properties period. The question is, really, WHEN will Ben Affleck have time to do a solo Batman movie? In my opinion – combined with a little bit of inside knowledge – Mr. Affleck’s solo Batfleck Batfick will be his run as Batman’s final bow. So, 2020-ish, maybe?
How much of Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS will figure into the characterization of Batman and the storyline of BATMAN v SUPERMAN?
JETT SAYS: Apparently, A LOT.
This version of Batman on film is going to be the oldest version we’ve yet to see in a Bat-flick. Now, this Batman isn’t as old as the TDKReturns Batman – there’s about a 10 year difference between the two in BvS – but they (Warner Bros., Zack Snyder, etc.) want an “old, crusty, veteran” Dark Knight for the new DC on film universe.
Besides the age factor, the question is what other aspects of Miller’s Batman will we see in BvS? Here’s what I think…
He’s going to be an asshole and driven by a dead Robin.
Other than characterization – and the inevitable showdown between Batman and Superman – I don’t think we’ll see much of TDKReturns’s plot infused into BvS.
Besides the Miller influence, I now of the belief that there might be a bit of “Tower of Babel” and KINDOM COME influence going forward with JUSTICE LEAGE and JUSTICE LEAGUE, Part 2.
Jett, Charles Roven’s recent comments about Wonder Woman in BvS totally kills your “ancient Kryptonian astronauts were the creators of the Amazon race” theory.
JETT SAYS: Nope, not really (CLICK HERE for Mr. Roven's interview).
For one thing, I NEVER said that my hypothesis about the origin of the Amazon race on Earth was fact or “inside info.” I clearly said that it was, well, a hypothesis. I know A LOT of outlets ran stories about it saying otherwise, but that because they didn’t do their due diligence when it came to what I really said and are, well, douche bags.
Secondly, another misinterpretation of my take on WW's DCU on film origin was/is that I suggested that the Amazons and Wonder Woman are all straight-up, 100% Kryptonians. No, I theorized that this all-woman race were the decedents of ancient Kryptonian astronauts – who we KNOW visited Earth thousands of years ago via MAN OF STEEL. Couldn’t these alien visitors from Krypton have created a race of nothing but females via their method of non-natural reproduction? Couldn’t this race be either Human/Kryptonian hybrids or Kryptonians who have been powered-down significantly due to evolution?
I say YES…still!
As far as Mr. Roven’s comments about Wonder Woman being a “demigod” and Zeus being her father, well, does that mean that Zeus literally is Diana’s dad? Or, is he her “father” – and I’m NOT getting all religious on y’all, trust me – just like the Christian god (or the god for all religions for that matter) is considered the “father” of the human race?
You see what I’m sayin’ y'all?!
And really, does anyone think that the actual Greek gods on Mt. Olympus are going to be a part of the DC Cinematic Universe? Hell, if that’s the case, let’s hire Liam Neeson again as Zeus and combine the CLASH OF THE TITANS universe with the DCU on film!
Frankly, I know my hypothesis is probably wrong and not the way Warner Bros., Zack Snyder and company are going to go. But fanboy claims of “BLASPHAMY!” aside, there ain’t no one that can convince me that my GREAT “Amazons are the decedents of ancient Kryptonian alien astronauts” theory isn’t viable. Hell, even Kevin Smith agreed with me…and I’m sure that Giorgio Tsoukalos would (does?) as well.
Won’t Ben Affleck be too old to play Batman in a solo film in 2020?
JETT SAYS: Oh please! If the physically slight Robert Downey, Jr. can play Iron Man from his 40’s on into his 50s, then the 6’ 4” physically imposing Ben Affleck can play Batman forever – no pun intended. Why? Because BOTH are damn good actors! Also, as I’ve said many times here on BOF, I’m totally down with and looking forward to seeing a Bruce Wayne who is AARP eligible.
A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
is the founder of BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM.
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He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS with his lovely wife, three kids, and two Boston Terriers.