The BOF Mailbag - August 1, 2015
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
August 1, 2015

Below you will find the latest BOF Mailbag. Thanks for all the questions and keep them coming via EMAIL, BOF's FACEBOOK PAGE, or on BOF's TWITTER.

Also, please post your thoughts, feedback, and opinion in the COMMENTS SECTION below!

Now, on with this weekend's mailbag...

A couple of questions…One, we know we're getting Batfleck in at least 5 films and he seems very passionate about the character/project. What are the chances he stars/directs more than one solo Batman adventure? Also, with the hype behind SUICIDE SQUAD, it should be very successful at the box office (plus it has a great director so the story should be top notch), do you think preliminary plans are already in the works for a sequel of some sorts or do you think most of the (surviving) villains will just spin off into solo movies? Thanks -- awesome site, keep up the great work! (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Jeremy, I think it’s very possible that Ben Affleck plays Batman more times that the 5 films (BvS, SS, JL1, JL2, Solo Batfleck Batflick) he’s already on the hook for. On the other hand, if he only does those 5 films, he’ll still end up being the longest-tenured Batman on film to date and perhaps that’ll be enough for him. Remember, unlike Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man in the Marvel Films, Affleck is also one of the best young directors in Hollywood, so I could see him saying 5 turns as Batman is enough and want to focus on his filmmaking more than acting.

As far as your second question, I don’t know if Warner Bros. will look to spin-off any of the members of the Suicide Squad into solo films, but I certainly believe that there will be a SUICIDE SQUAD sequel of the film is a big success. Plus, you could possibly see some of the SS characters show up in other DCEU films.

Having a preference for a more realistic Batman, do you think the Adam West TV show and feature film was just nostalgia from your childhood and a gateway to build more interest in Batman? My perception is that a popular film or TV show involving a pop culture icon reinvigorates source material sales. When you saw BATMAN ‘89, it must have been great just to see a more serious take than the blasphemous camp of Adam West and Comic Books Codes Authorities censorship enacted material from the 1950s and 1960s? Thanks! (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Bjorn, there’s no doubt – and I’ve said it many times here BOF – that the 60s BATMAN TV series is what made me a Batman fan. I LOVED that show growing up, still love it today, and it’s certainly not Bat-blasphemy. Yes, certainly the 60s BATMAN was a gateway for me to the more “dark and serious” version of Batman in the comics of the 70s – in particular, those by Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams and others such as “The Joker’s Five-Way Revenge” (BATMAN #251 in 1971) or “There’s No Hope in Crime Alley” (DETECTIVE COMICS #457 in 1976).

Yes, I was happy beyond belief when I saw BATMAN back in 1989 and how it finally showed the mainstream that Batman wasn’t a goof, but a dark, serious, and very complex character. I also turned my back on my first Batman – something that I’m now ashamed of doing. But I eventually made peace with the Adam West Batman and appreciate it today more than ever.

Do you think the Wonder Woman movie will follow the events of BvS or be an origin story set before? Also have you heard any recent news on the release year of solo Batman movie? Thanks Bill, keep up the great work! (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: If I had to guess Jason, I’d say that WONDER WOMAN will be set before the events of BvS, but I could be wrong about that. As far as the solo Batman movie with Ben Affleck directing, I’ve long heard 2019 and I still believe that’s the most likely date for its release despite the 2018 rumor.

I have read all of your reviews of the current animated batman films, but could your rank the current animated DCU Batman films from best to worst? Thanks!

JETT SAYS: The answer to your question Cody is probably more suited to an op-ed, but I’ll think that THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and UNDER THE RED HOOD are the best, and BATMAN/SUPERMAN: APOCALYPSE is the worst. Honestly, most of them have been pretty darn good and there’s only a couple of stinkers in the lot.

Who would you like to see as the villain in the Wonder Woman movie?

JETT SAYS: Hmm…I don’t know. Maxwell Lord, maybe? I’m sure everyone expects it to be Cheetah, right?

Personally, I always a Wonder Woman film to be set during World War II. I don't think they'll do that now as Marvel beat them to the punch with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER and Chris Pine as a multi-picture deal to play Steve Trevor in the DCEU.

Do you think that it's possible that Jena Malone's possible Barbara Gordon character could become a female Robin? Any thoughts on whom she's playing if not Barbara? Thanks Jett!

JETT SAYS: Adam, let me say it this way…

I believe the Carrie Kelly/Robin stuff was a ruse and I don’t believe Jena Malone will be playing a costumed superhero in BvS or in the future. I also believe the recent report regarding Ms. Malone was correct.

What's the coolest thing you have in the BOF office? (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Mark, three things, actually. Now, keep in mind that while this stuff is cool and personal to me, they might not mean a flip to anyone else. Here you go...

Christian Bale signed this for me when I was invited to see Chris Nolan get "cemented" at that Chinese Theater in Hollywood (which was a HUGE honor to be ask to attend by the Nolan's)...

A picture of Mr. Uslan and me when we met up at SDCC '14...

And my ultimate "cool thing," my most prized possession, a hand-written thank you letter from Chris Nolan...

You say you know what the “Desert Batman” scene is about. Do you feel spoiled knowing something no one else does? And when info like that comes your way, do you choose what you want to read?

JETT SAYS: I totally, 100% know what the “Desert Batman/Superman Soldiers” stuff is all about. Do I wish I didn’t? Hmm…maybe. But I don’t believe it’s something that will affect my enjoyment of watching the film next year. My sources are upstanding people and respect the fact I don’t do spoilers and don’t want to know details about a film. They’ll ask me if I want to know certain things and they let me make the decision. The bottom line is that while I do know some small details about BvS, I have not been spoiled.

In your opinion who is the best secondary villain in a Batman film. By secondary I mean the non-costumed gangster/corrupt businessman villains like Boss Grissom, Max Schreck, Sal Maroni, etc.

JETT SAYS: For me, Tom Wilkenson as Carmine Falcone in BATMAN BEGINS was the best.

Hi Jett! Isn't it more likely that Snyder and co. would choose a post-KILLING JOKE Barbara Gordon and give us the wheelchaired Oracle?

JETT SAYS: Absolutely.

Was Jonathan Nolan asked to write or co-write any more scripts for the DCEU?

JETT SAYS: No, I don’t believe so.

"Five dead, two of them cops…you can’t sweep that up." Did we ever find out who really died when Two-Face went on his rampage? Didn't you think that would be a plot device in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?

JETT SAYS: Peter, this has been an ongoing debate since July of 2008! Personally, I 100% believe that Chris Nolan meant for it to be ambiguous and open to interpretation. Why do I believe that? Well, because Chris Nolan told me – in a roundabout way – that that was his intention.

At the press event for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: PROLOGUE back in December of 2011, I visited with Chris and Emma (Thomas, his lovely wife and producing partner) 1-on-1 for about a half hour (it wasn’t an interview, just a personal visit and chat) and I asked him directly about it. His response? “Well, what do you think Bill?” I then gave him my hypothesis and he said, “That’s a good theory!” And that was it. He didn’t tell me if I was right or wrong – he simply implied that while my take was valid, other theories on the matter were as well.

I believe they were Wuertz, Ramirez (whom I think Gordon assumes is dead), Maroni, Maroni’s driver, Maroni’s bodyguard. Who do you all believe the “Five dead, two of them cops” were? Post your thoughts in the comments section below!

Any theories as to who Scott Eastwood is playing in SUICIDE SQUAD? Or is that something you know about and can't say?

JETT SAYS: No Anthony, it’s not something I know but can’t say. I really have no idea whom Scott Eastwood is playing. Apparently his character is a military man. I have thrown out the idea that he’s Hal Jordan, but that’s nothing but speculation on my part.

You already told us you are sworn to secrecy about “Desert Batman,” but can you tell us if you like what you know?

JETT SAYS: Yes, I quite like it and can’t wait to see how it’s executed within the film!

A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
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