The BOF Mailbag - August 9, 2015
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
August 9, 2015

Below you will find the latest BOF Mailbag. This week's edition is dedicated to The King of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley, who died 38 years ago today.

Bummer.

I don't know if Elvis was a Batman fan, but he was a big fan of comic books and Captain Marvel, Jr. in particular. Elvis is right up there with Batman and the Dallas Cowboys as a object of my extreme fandom that began when I was a child. AND...

If you're ever in Texas (though it's now been franchised out, but I still love the orignal in Austin), you can honor The Hillbilly Cat by having the "Elvis Presley Memorial Combo" while dining at Chuy's...

Hell yeah...once a year ONLY.

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...

Hello Bill. Do you think if the GREEN LANTERN film that was released had been the “Extended Cut,” it would’ve done better? Did you see it?

JETT SAYS: I don’t hate GREEN LANTERN as much as many folks seem to do. Was it good? No. Was it horrible? Not at all. It was, to me, just “meh.” I have not seen the “Extended Cut,” but my good friend, Mark Hughes from FORBES.COM (and longtime BOF contributor) raves about it. In fact, I believe Mark wrote an extended piece about it on his blog. Give it a read if you can find it.

Do you think Superman is going to die at the end of BATMAN v SUPERMAN?

JETT SAYS: Nope.

What are your thoughts on NBC developing POWERLESS – a DCU-based sitcom?

JETT SAYS: I think it’s a brilliant and inspired idea! As someone who was a big fan of THE OFFICE and of DC Comics, I can’t wait to see this!

What kind of music do you think Bruce Wayne listens to?

JETT SAYS: Well…

Too easy, right? (And I know I'm not the only one who thought of this!)

I tried to follow you on protesting Batman until good ‘ol Bruce Wayne was back in the cape and cowl but now I find out that BW is in the book with Gordon still wearing his Robo-Bat-Rabbit-Cop suit. Will this change your mind like it has mind? My protest only lasted 3 months.

JETT SAYS: Well, while I wasn’t a fan of the idea and I do think it’s just another stunt, it didn’t make me stop reading BATMAN -- mainly because of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. I will say that even though we all know that Bruce will be back as Batman and Gordon as GCPD commissioner, I am interested in seeing how this storyline plays out.

For the record, the only time I "boycotted" reading Batman comics was when Grant Morrison Omega Sanctioned my ass out off my comic book store.

Sort of BOF related: Any idea what Chris Nolan's next project is? Just really curious to see where he goes post-Batman, post-INTERSTELLAR.

JETT SAYS: I’ve got no idea – though it’s likely something original. Looking forward to whatever it is. I should see Mr. Nolan at the BvS premiere next year and I’ll ask him about it...and he will tell me absolutely nothing, of course.

What do we have to do to make sure Bryan Cranston is cast as Commissioner Gordon? Cause that would be freaking awesome! (Also I really hope Gordon isn't dead in this universe!)

JETT SAYS: Bryan Cranston has already played Jim Gordon, remember? He voiced the character in the animated YEAR ONE film. But I do agree Cranston would be a great Gordon in a live-action film. Hell, I was and still am a HUGE fan of BREAKING BAD. However, Kurt Russell is my #1 choice for the role in the DCEU (if Gordon isn’t dead, that is).

"Say my NAME!"

I am very nervous that the "dead Robin" in BvS/the DCEU is Dick Grayson. Dick Grayson that is, has a LONG history in the Batman mythos. The character has a BIG fan base, and killing him off would be a VERY big slap in the face the fans. Secondly, what do you think about Batman appearing on THE FLASH or GREEN ARROW and Superman (Tom Welling?) on SUPERGIRL? Different universe, different versions of the characters. (via EMAIL).

JETT SAYS: Hi Mike, good to hear from you! As far as the “dead Robin” is concerned, I really don’t care which Robin it ends up being in BvS. If it ends up being Jason Todd and Dick Grayson is alive and well somewhere in the DCEU, that’s fine by me. I simply believe that the most famous Robin – Dick Grayson – being dead would have a much more emotional impact than if it were Jason, Tim Drake, or even Carrie Kelly. If DG fans are “outraged,” well, that sorta backs up my hypothesis about the emotional impact of Grayson being dead.

As far as different versions of Batman or Superman appearing on TV, I don’t think it’ll happen. With Batman on TV, you have a “rights” issue with GOTHAM. Honestly, I think that Superman appearing on SUPERGIRL is way more likely to happen than Bruce Wayne/Batman showing up on an episode of ARROW. Why? Because Warner Bros. is very careful and selective with what they do with the character of Batman as it is their #1 asset.

Given the popularity of The Joker, do you think DC will ever do a live action solo film centered on The Joker (maybe similar to/based loosely off of Joker graphic Brian Azzerello)? I think it could be a very interesting concept, and like the graphic novel, Batman isn't seen ‘til the very end. I guess one downfall is we could find out too much about The Joker and the character may lose a little of his mystery. Also, do you think Green Arrow will ever be a part of the new DCEU? (via EMAIL).

JETT SAYS: Jeremy, I think you answered your own question about a solo Joker film – it would likely reveal too much about the character as you said. As popular as The Joker is, I’m not sure the character could carry an entire film.

Regarding Green Arrow being in the DCEU, I don’t think that’s going to happen. Warner Bros. is very happy with the character on TV and The Flash aside, I don’t see multiple versions – TV and film – of DC characters happening.

Which would you rather do? Re-read the entirety of David Finch's BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT, or re-watch BATMAN RETURNS?

JETT SAYS: LOL! Wow, that’s a good one! I guess read Finch’s DARK KNIGHT trade. BATMAN RETURNS is probably one – if not THE – least favorite incarnation of Batman in any medium ever.

I'm truly terrified at the prospect of someday seeing Alfred die on screen. Do you have the same fear?

JETT SAYS: Gabe, as long as his death isn’t due to MacGregor’s Syndrome, I’m OK with it.

You recently suggested that the "Superman" we see in certain clips from the latest trailer may not be Superman at all. I believe the same. I'm sure people assume if it is a Superman clone that it would be/become Bizarro, but what if it was Snyder's version of Superman Prime?

JETT SAYS: I don’t not believe it’s Superman Prime. It’s my idea – again, just a hypothesis, nothing I know for fact – that Lex uses Zod’s corpse and it’s Kryptonian DNA to creative a Bizzaro/Doomsday-like that looks like Kal El to take out Superman. In fact, I believe that Lex plans to create an army of these “Supermen” (and the “Superman Army” in the trailer has nothing to do with this) for his own nefarious endeavors; which certainly sheds some light on the meaning on him saying, “The red capes are coming….” Futhermore, I believe that Lex's creation will deteriorate over time and, perhaps, will look more like a cross between Bizzaro/Doomsday in the end.

I got LOTS of questions regarding this topic, so I hope I got close to answering everyone’s question about it.

Jor-El sent his son to earth hoping he would guide it's people towards a brighter future. Do think Superman will ever get the chance to play that role in the DCCU or people's reaction against him will always be divided and more realistic?

JETT SAYS: I do believe that the DCEU Superman will eventually be viewed as a hero to most people. We will likely see that in the next solo Superman film.

Have you heard of DC doing any "premium" channel shows like on HBO or Showtime? Which properties would you like to see get the “GAME OF THRONES Treatment?”

JETT SAYS: Mike, I’ve heard nothing about a DC-based series on HBO or Showtime – though the former would be a likely partner as it is a Time-Warner company. As far as something DC akin to GAME OF THRONES, how about Jack Kirby’s New Gods/Fourth World? I’d also suggest that both The Spectre and Deadman would make for a hell of a dark, violent, and mature-ish series.

How do you feel about the Dallas Cowboy's running back situation this year?

JETT SAYS: James, I think they’re going to be more than OK with Joe Randall, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar as a committee. Gotta remember they’ll be running behind the best offensive line in the NFL. Look, I don’t mean any disrespect to DeMarco Murray, but I don’t blame the Cowboys one bit for not overpaying a 28 year old running back who had one great season in a contract year.

Bill, a big thank you for all the hard work you do on BOF. If JUSTICE LEAGUE, PART 1 does as good as Warner Bros. hopes, could they move PART 2 to 2018 from 2019? Also do you think we will get a sequel to MAN OF STEEL?

JETT SAYS: Glen, I somewhat “edited” your question, so I hope what you see above is what you were asking. First of all, you’re welcome – I love BOF and I’m immensely thankful to all my loyal readers. Secondly, the release dates for the two JL films are November 2017 and June 2019 respectively. I do not see either’s release date being moved at this time and frankly don’t see it happening – they’re pretty much dug in on those dates. Finally, yes, I do think there will be another solo Superman film with Henry Cavill.

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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