The BOF Mailbag - August 23, 2015
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
August 23, 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...

JETT SAYS: Looking forward to his performance!

Not sure if you addressed this already, but here goes…The desert Batman scene that you can't talk about? I was wondering if it's an original idea from Snyder/Terrio/Affleck, or something inspired from the comics? Any chance of at least sharing this so we can scratch our heads even more? Thanks Jett!

JETT SAYS: Aaron, it’s not based on anything specifically from the comics. So yeah, I’d call it original.

Do you think it's possible that you'll like the "Snyderverse" Batman more than the "Nolanverse" Batman? Thanks Jett!

JETT SAYS: Adam, I doubt it as Chris Nolan’s Batman is pretty much what “My Batman” has always been for me personally. However, I do think I will like this version of Batman on film a lot and I am particularly excited for the Ben Affleck-directed solo Batman film which, of course, he’ll also star in as The Dark Knight. Affleck has long been my #1 choice to take over the Batman film franchise as its director.

Would you like this week's theory of Jason Todd being The Joker to be true (even though it probably isn't)? Do you think this would ruin the character(s) or make the DCEU more interesting?

JETT SAYS: I think that hypothesis is total bunk and I’m shocked that some legitimate outlets even entertained the idea.

JETT SAYS: Since this Batman is older, closer to the end of his career than the beginning (or middle for that matter), and influenced a lot by THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, I’d go with Carrie Kelly.

What is your least favorite Batman story? Mine comes from BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #7-12 “Lovers and Madmen” by Michael Green and Denys Cowman. The story was bad, the art was bad and it retold the origin of The Joker. Ugh.

JETT SAYS: My least favorite Batman story in any medium is, without a doubt, BATMAN RETURNS. However, that “Lovers and Madmen” storyline is pretty awful too!

Kevin Tsujihara said that BvS was moved from July 2015 to March 2016 to "make the movie better." What does he really mean? Did they need more time for scripting, filming, rendering special effects? I don't deny that having more time to work on the project would make the final result better. I'm just curious what aspect of production caused the delay? Also, is the film still being worked on, or is it finished and locked and the only thing preventing its immediate release is a strategic release date? (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Sarah, I think all three reasons you mentioned in your question – scripting, filming, and special effects – let to the decision to move the film from 2015 to 2016. Remember, BvS was announced only about a month after MAN OF STEEL premiered in June of 2013. I think that once they got the pre-production ball rolling, they realized they were going to need more time and wisely pushed the film back a year.

As far as whether the film is 100% complete, I’d say that Snyder and co. are likely still tinkering with it a bit, but it’s basically done. I know that post-production – especially on a film a big and F/X-heavy as BvS – takes a lot of time. I remember back in 2008 when I went to the very first press screening of THE DARK KNIGHT, Emma Thomas (the film’s producer and wife of director Chris Nolan) told me that they had finished the final cut just days before. So like I said, I suspect Zack Snyder is still tinkering with it a bit.

With the ever increasing level of public interest in celebrity culture, do you think filmmakers need to alter the societal habits of Bruce Wayne in order to make him more relatable to 21st century celebs? For example, with Bruce Wayne now being portrayed as a billionaire instead of a millionaire, would he and his family really have been in an alley that night without some form of bodyguard/entourage? Furthermore, would we not see higher employee numbers at Wayne manor, given the abundance of wealth? Just looking for your opinion, as it seems Zack Snyder is including a flashback to the Wayne murders, and such a scene may be repetitive without such changes. (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Joe, I get what you’re saying. Yes, the Wayne family most likely would’ve had a bodyguard and a driver with them when they went to the theater/movies in real life. And yes, they probably would’ve had more people working for them at Wayne Manor in real life. But, the world of Batman isn’t real life, so we can ignore that sort of stuff and, frankly, it doesn’t take anything away from the Batman mythos. Personally, I wouldn’t change a thing – including adding Wayne family bodyguards and more domestic help in Wayne Manor.

With production starting on WONDER WOMAN and JUSTICE LEAGE, PART 1 starting in the next year, and the tentative 2018 release date of the new solo Batman movie, is it possible that filming scenes for these movies were already done a bit, in secret? You said that there may have been BvS scenes during SUICIDE SQUAD filming, just curious if JL scenes may have already been filmed or for any other films? Keep up the good work! (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: CJ, I think it’s possible, but I don’t believe they filmed anything for JL during the BvS shoot. Remember, BvS was filmed over a year ago at a time when there was no script for JL. It was easy to film something for BvS during SUICIDE SQUAD’s production as the former had already wrapped and they knew exactly what they needed – namely The Joker (Jared Leto).

I thought the point you brought up recently in your "Wonders/Musings" about our exposure to BvS (photos, trailers, articles) vs Chris Nolan's approach in the “Trilogy” was very interesting. There was a 3 year gap between BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT, and a 4 year gap between TDK and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Plus, Nolan made two other great movies amid those! He made each film one at a time, held nothing back, and allowed (or forced us for our own good) to enjoy them without looking ahead to what's coming next. Considering the landscape of the way comic book films are made today, do you ever think we'll see an approach like Nolan's again? Over time, could that approach add to the overall legacy of “The Dark Knight Trilogy”? Thanks for all the great work Jett. I appreciate the integrity with which you run BOF! (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Geoffrey, great question. Honestly, I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like “The Dark Knight Trilogy” again. Chris Nolan’s approach “old school;” he viewed those films as magic tricks and believed the audience didn’t need to know how the illusion is created – for their own good. Sadly, no, I don’t think we’ll see that sort of approach to the publicity for a comic book/superhero film again. Thus, the uniqueness of “The Dark Knight Trilogy” – especially with Team Nolan putting everything into each one of those films and saving nothing for later – will indeed as to it already esteemed legacy.

Hi Jett, I've been following your site since, gosh, when I was wondering where “Batman 5” was back in 1998, wow! HA! I was looking at a [Superman website], and two people there said that because of MAN OF STEEL not being the financial success Warner Bros., BATMAN v SUPERMAN is really a Batman movie. Plus, given the criticisms MOS had, BvS’s plot exists just to bow down to the audience so they can come back to see their movies, even though Superman will be in a bad light. Thus, because of these things, this makes Batman the star of the DCEU, even though it was supposed to be Superman. Plus, because of Cavill as an actor in general…Warner Bros. doesn't want to make any more solo Superman films unless Cavill is recast. Thus, Cavill can either walk or bow to WB's plans and be in BvS, and the JUSTICE LEAGUE two-parter. (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Hi Nate. Thanks for being with me the last 17 years! On to your question(s)…

I think there’s both some truth and nonsense in what those folks were saying about MAN OF STEEL, Henry Cavill, and the future of Superman on film. MAN OF STEEL was indeed a financial success – it made $668,045,518 worldwide and ranks 12th amongst comic book films – though Warner Bros. believed it would make more money. Despite making less than they hoped, Warner Bros. was pleased enough with the film to greenlight a sequel about a month after MOS’s June 2013 release.

In regards to Batman being included in what was to be a true MOS sequel, yeah, I absolutely believe that the character was added (sooner than intended) because Batman is – and it’s not even arguable – the most popular comic book superhero amongst the mainstream audience. I said it back in July of 2013 and I’ll say it again: Batman is WB’s moneymaker and they’re shaking it. For those reasons, I do believe that the studio intends for Batman to be the star and center of the DCEU.

In regards to Henry Cavill and the future of Superman on film, I don’t buy at all that Warner Bros. doesn’t like him as Superman and hopes to recast. Is Cavill as big of a star as Ben Affleck? No – but that doesn’t mean that he can’t continue playing Superman and won’t be in the next solo Superman film. Speaking of which, it seems that there will indeed be one (even though Kevin Tsujihara said one was in the DCEU plans) as its rumored (and it’s really more than just rumor) that Warner Bros. is negotiating with MAD MAX: FURY ROAD’s George Miller to direct it.

Look, I get why Superman fans feels as if their beloved character is getting the short end of the stick in the DCEU and I sympathize with them. To be honst, I would've prefered a proper sequel to MAN OF STEEL over BvS. However, I’d suggest that they stop getting butt hurt and realize that Superman will play a major role in the DCEU and will be depicted in the heroic manner they love about the character.

What are your thoughts about Michael Shannon and his flipper hands? As strange as his words are, they actually confirm that he will be in BvS and will probably be more than a corpse.

JETT SAYS: Mauricio, I’m glad Shannon’s got a cameo in BvS and I always thought he would. I think Lex Luthor uses Zod’s corpse and its Kryptonian DNA to create some sort of Bizzarro/Doomsday-like monster(s) to take down Superman. Perhaps a Zod clone with flippers is an early, F-ed up early attempt.

When are you going to update the BOF’s cover image, to include Batfleck?

JETT SAYS: Jorge, I’d be glad to add Batfleck to the BOF’s background image. I think there’s a spot for him to the right (from our POV) of the BRAVE AND THE BOLD Batman and right behind the Tim Sale/THE LONG HALLOWEEN Batman. HERE is a link to the image. If anyone has the artistic talent to add Ben as Batman, I’d welcome it! I’d do it myself, but it would suck HAHAHA!

Being their main money-maker do you think Warner Bros. would ever produce a BATMAN BEYOND film series to run alongside a Bruce Wayne Batman series, alternating between them every couple of years?

JETT SAYS: Matthew, I know that BATMAN BEYOND is on the table at Warner Bros. If they ever do it and how they’d execute it within the DCEU, I have no idea.

Hey Bill, if the rumor that Ben Affleck is working with Geoff Johns on the solo Bat-flick is true, then what happens to Chris Terrio?

JETT SAYS: Well, Terrio is working on both JUSTICE LEAGUE films for Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder.

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