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Now, on with this weekend's mailbag...
Why is it "time to slow it down"? Did your sources spoil something to you?
JETT SAYS: Nope – my sources won’t spoil anything for me. There’s simply too much information about BvS out there and the film is still seven months out from hitting theaters. Already, there’s been two trailers, a plethora of pictures, and two big magazine features for BvS. In my opinion, though they’ve done an excellent job keeping leaks and other illicit information from getting out, too much information has been officially released. It’s time to tap the breaks a bit.
Look, I really didn’t want to know that Ben Affleck wore a wig when portraying Bruce Wayne. Every time I see him now as BW, I think about the wig and it takes me out of the “reality” of the film a little bit. Look, I like Zack Snyder a lot and it’s cool that he’s very fan friendly. But there’s something to be said about being subtle and less being more (*cough* Chris Nolan *cough*).
Warner Bros. can't top the viral campaign we got in 2007-2008 for THE DARK KNIGHT. The title of BATMAN v SUPERMAN alone is enough to get butts into seats. Outside of usual tie-ins to the movie, is there anything being said about the start of a campaign with the release just a mere seven months away?
JETT SAYS: Frankly, a viral campaign for BvS won’t affect the number of people who will see the film since it’ll be targeted to people (i.e. fans) who are going to see it anyway. But it would be fun for fans, so I’m OK with a small one. But as you pointed out, we’re seven months out from BvS’s release, so I don’t know how big of one they could pull off. And honestly, I don’t know if they’re going to do one anyway. We’ll see.
Presuming they go the route of prequel Bat-films in the future, how would you feel about any Robins and/or Batgirls playing key roles in the stories? Do you think it's likely? Most would agree that Robin hasn't been done well in the modern Bat-movies, let alone Batgirl. I've always been a big fan of the sidekicks in the comics and other media, so it's pretty exciting to envision an adolescent Robin alongside Batman in one of these movies.
JETT SAYS: Rob, honestly, I’m not a big fan of Batman’s comic book adolescent sidekicks and have always preferred Batman stories when he’s working solo. However, it’s clear that there was at least one Robin in the DCEU as we saw his suit hanging in the Batcave in the second BvS trailer. And apparently, this Robin is dead – killed years before by The Joker. So if they go the prequel route in future DCEU Batman films, I do think there is an interesting story to tell about this Robin, his origin, his relationship to Batman/Bruce Wayne, and what led to his murder. With that said, I’d have a problem with a 13 year old playing Robin as it’s simply too unrealistic for me to think Batman would put a child in such mortal danger. As far as Batgirl is concerned, I really don’t want to see the character in a “serious” Batman film. When you’re trying to be “grounded and gritty” as Warner Bros. is when it comes to the DCEU, Batman having a Batgirl pushes the direction towards silliness in my book.
Rob, I know that’s probably not what you wanted to hear – and you probably don’t agree with me (and that’s OK) – but I always speak from the heart and what I believe when I answer these questions.
What is your favorite era of Batman comics?
JETT SAYS: Adam, probably the 1970s. I cut my teeth on the Batman comics of the 70s – Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Marshall Rogers, Steve Englehart, and others – and they had a huge influence on forming my personal Batman.
Jett, do you think Ben Affleck’s next two films being pushed back have anything to do with his solo Batman film being prepared for a 2018 release? (via EMAIL)
JETT SAYS: Nope, not at all. For one thing, I don’t believe that Affleck’s solo Batman film – which he is also co-writing and directing – will be released in 2018. I don’t see how in the hell it’s possible for that to happen based on Affleck’s schedule. Secondly, the two films you are referring to – THE ACCOUNTANT and LIVE BY NIGHT – having their release dates pushed back have absolutely nothing to do with the solo Batman project or any of the other DCEU films. He’s already filmed THE ACCOUNTANT; and since he didn’t direct it, he’s basically done with that one. LIVE BY NIGHT, however, is a total different story because he’s directing it. With it starting to film in November, Affleck will be involved with that film for a good part of 2016. Honestly, with LBN being pushed back, that makes it even more unlikely that he’ll be able to start in and direct a solo Batman film for a 2018 bow.
Are there any villains we've seen in both film iterations of Batman that you'd still like to see again in Affleck's (Two-Face, Joker, Catwoman, Bane)? Let’s exclude The Joker.
JETT SAYS: Great question! Well Gabe, you’ve made me exclude The Joker (though it’s a given that he’ll be in Affleck’s Batman film). The Clown Prince of Crime excluded, I’d love to see Catwoman and Two-Face adapted by Ben Affleck. Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne in BvS trailer #2: “Twenty years in Gotham. How many good guys are left…and how many stayed that way?” The latter part of quote REEKS of Harvey Dent to me. And of course, I’m quite sure that Selina Kyle is still slinking around Gotham.
Who are your some of your favorite Batman artists? Mine are, Neal Adams, Tim Sale, Kelly Jones, and Jim Lee.
JETT SAYS: Peter, off the cuff, my faves are…
Frank Miller, Marshall Rogers, Neal Adams, Matt Wagner, Lee Bermejo (who is a personal friend – full disclosure), Jerry Robinson, Greg Capullo, Dick Sprang, Carmine Infantino, Norm Breyfogle, and Jim Lee – in no particular order.
Would you be OK with Ben Affleck as a retired Bruce Wayne in a live-action BATMAN BEYOND movie?
JETT SAYS: No – unless he’s playing this version of an aged Bruce Wayne when he’s in his 70s or 80s thirty to forty years from now.
Which particular comic-iteration of The Joker would you like to have translate to a future Batman film? Also, does it irk you when some writers omit (accidental or deliberately) "The" from The Joker in the comics?
JETT SAYS: I’m not in favor of a cinematic version of The Joker to be a literal adaptation of a Batman comic book story involving The Joker. I prefer the “inspired by” method of bringing The Joker to life in a live-action film. For example, you could see a bit of The Joker from BATMAN #1 (vol. 1/1940) and THE KILLING JOKE in Heath Ledger’s Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT. I hope that’s what they do with The Joker on film in the future. With all that said, I do love the nods to certain comic book stories and iterations of The Joker when the character is adapted to film.
And yes, I do have a bit of a pet peeve when “The” omitted when referring to THE Joker!
Will they be filming both Justice League films back to back?
JETT SAYS: Chance, I’m not sure. I guess it’s possible – perhaps even likely. But I have not heard from anyone I know who is in the know confirming or denying them filming back to back. The thing that gives me pause on them filming both films in one single shoot is the (almost) two year gap between the films. Right now, I think it’s just as likely for them to film JL1 in 2016 and JL2 in 2018 for their respective November 17, 2017 and June 14, 2019 release dates. (I’m still wondering how Ben Affleck is going to finish filming and do post work on LIVE BY NIGHT and also film JL1 in 2016.)
Do you know if there are any surprise heroes appearing in BATMAN v SUPERMAN that have not been announced yet (Green Arrow for example)? Cheers!
JETT SAYS: I guess it’s possible (though Green Arrow isn’t part of the DCEU), but I don’t think so. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) has an extended cameo in BvS and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) has a very brief appearance.
Do you have any information regarding the supposed first screening of BvS and the studio`s super positive reaction to it?
JETT SAYS: In case you missed it, you can read my take on this topic RIGHT HERE.
What role do you see David Goyer having on the future of the DCEU? There is no mention of him in the BvS article in EMPIRE.
JETT SAYS: Cullen, I do not know how much or how little Mr. Goyer will be involved with the DCEU going forward. I know he wrote the first draft of the BvS script and is receiving an executive producer credit. Personally, while I’ve never been that impressed with Mr. Goyer on a personal level based on our handful of interactions over the years, I have the utmost respect for him and hope he is involved with the DCEU in the future.
Now that they're supposedly done with the ARKHAM video game series, what would your wish list be for the next game series?
JETT SAYS: Ryan, I’m not much of a gamer – I just got a PS4 and ARKHAM KNIGHT a week or so ago (and I’m still plodding through it) – so I’m not sure if I’m qualified to answer your question. Frankly, I have a hard time believing the ARKHAM series is over. If they want to keep it going – and I’m sure Warner Bros. does – they could always do prequel games set right after ARKHAM ORIGINS. Regardless, there WILL be more Batman videogames in the future.
Hey Bill, say the story’s true, and there will be 3 Batfleck films. What Batman characters do you think will be in the movies?
JETT SAYS: Glen, I have no idea dude. I can say that for sure, we’ll see Batman/Bruce Wayne (Affleck), Alfred (Jeremy Irons), and The Joker (Jared Leto).
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