The "1st BvS Trailer" BOF Mailbag
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
April 19, 2015

Tick, tick, tick....

340 days away from BATMAN v SUPERMAN!

Thanks for all the questions this week and there were A LOT! If I didn't get to yours, keep sending 'em and I'm sure I'll get to it at some point.

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!

So, let's get this out of the way, shall we? Damn near every question I got this week was about this...

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

Do you think that's the Batwing or a Bat-drone?

JETT SAYS: Several questions asking this! I don’t know for sure Craig, it’s hard to tell. I guess we’ll find out when we see the film.

Do you think that Dick Grayson will get a mention in BvS? Do you think the Carrie Kelly rumors have any merit?

JETT SAYS: Stephen, I’m pretty sure Dick Grayson/Nightwing was in the original script. However, I think the character might have been removed once Chris Terrio took over the script. I do think the character will get a mention though. Remember, this version of Batman on film has been Batman for 15 to 20 years, so his entire Bat-universe already exists.

As far as the Carry Kelly rumor, I addressed in in last weekend’s mailbag and said I don’t think that Jena Malone is CK.

Could this be the meanest Batman yet?

JETT SAYS: Quite possibly – but he still needs to be a hero!

Have you ever been able to spot yourself in the football stadium scene from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?

JETT SAYS: Ricky, while I was indeed in the stadium that day, I was in the press box as I was there on my RISES set visit. And honestly, it was hot and rainy that day, so I was glad to be in air-conditioned comfort with food and drink! Speaking of that set visit, CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT! Wow, I can't believe it's been four years ago!

Do you remember the exact day when you created BOF?

JETT SAYS: Indeed I do Rob! It was the second day of June in the year 1998. And the rest is history!

Do you think fans are being too harsh on this 1st trailer? Saying that it was “underwhelming” and didn't “show enough?” The 1st trailer for THE DARK KNIGHT only showed a Joker card for goodness sake. What do you think this says about today's fan culture in general?

JETT SAYS: Well Adam, everyone has different tastes, so if someone doesn’t like it, then they don’t like it.

However, I believe that some fans today are spoiled as hell and expect A LOT and they expect it NOW quite frankly. A prime example of this mentality is the “spoiler syndrome” – wanting to know every single thing about a film before one even sees it in the theater. Unfortunately, I think the genie is out of the bottle when it comes to this sort of fan behavior.

Regarding the trailer, I thought it was good and did a fine job of giving us a feel for the film’s tone as well as its most basic plotline. If you missed my full “review” (and I do think it’s silly to review a trailer), you can check it out HERE.

It's all a guessing game and all but how much do you think BvS will make at the worldwide box office? Given it is Batman, in 3D, and the global market keeps expanding, $1.2 billion seems a given at the low end, but what about the higher end?

JETT SAYS: Alex, I’m not very good at box office predictions. However, I think it’s safe to say that BvS is going to be HUGE and make over $1 billion worldwide. It may be the most historic comic book film to date due to the fact it’s the first time Batman and Superman have been in a live-action film together.

Josh Hartnett recently revealed that the Bruce Wayne/Batman role was his for the taking in BATMAN BEGINS. Do you think his memory may be faulty about having the role in the bag and do you think he could have brought as much as Bale ultimately did in “The Dark Knight Trilogy.”

JETT SAYS: Jason, I think Mr. Hartnett is “misremembering” the events surrounding the casting of Batman/Bruce Wayne by Chris Nolan back in 2003. I believe – no, I KNOW – that Christian Bale was Chris’ top choice for the role and because of that, he nabbed the part. I also know that Warner Bros. was pushing hard for Josh Hartnett to be cast as either Batman or Superman back in the early 2000’s and Hartnett was well aware of that fact. Perhaps that’s why he thinks that he turned Nolan down, when he really told the studio, not Chris, no. And frankly, even if he had told Warner Bros. yes, he still would have had to go through the director of BATMAN BEGINS to actually get the part. Other than Katie Holmes, Nolan had carte blanche in hiring the cast for BEGINS.

As far as what kind of Batman/Bruce Wayne could Hartnett have been, I think he would’ve been a fine choice. Would he have been as good as Christian Bale? I don’t think so. Chris Nolan picked the right guy 12 years ago and the rest is, quite literally, history.

Do you feel that the leak of the BvS trailer took away from what its impact should and could have been? I avoided watching the leak because I didn't want my first viewing to be a shitty phone version. Even though I was stoked to see the real thing 24hrs later and loved what I saw, I just felt a bit "meh" about how it all went down.

JETT SAYS: Brendan, yeah, I think the leak did take some of the luster off of the trailer’s release. From what I know, Warner Bros. planned to release the trailer Monday night after the final IMAX screenings on the west coast. Now, I do think it was the right move to go ahead and release it Friday after the leak so people could at least see a high quality and proper version of it. But yeah, I agree it sucked that that A-hole posted it online and F’ing up the experience for a lot of people. Of course, no one made all those outlets post it either.

Do you think we will see the entire seven by the end of DAWN OF JUSTICE?

JETT SAYS: Personally Adam, I do not. Gal Gadot has an extended cameo as Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa shows up briefly as Aquaman (or whatever they end up calling him). We know that Ray Fisher is playing Cyborg and Ezra Miller is The Flash, but I’ve heard nothing about either filming anything for BvS.

While it’s clear that the “Dawn of Justice” subtitle is directly related to the two upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE films, I’m pretty confident that BATMAN v SUPERMAN is its own thing and not simply a two and a half hour commercial for JL.

What villain would you like to see Batfleck face in his solo Batman movie?

JETT SAYS: Jared Leto’s Joker, absolutely.

Not a question really, but ever since the trailer dropped all I see is this BvS bashing all over the internet. The thing is, none of these people have any ground to stand on and cannot back up any of their criticisms (if that's what you want to call it) with anything relevant at all. It strikes me as more fanboy nonsense, but do you think there is anything at all to these claims saying that BATMAN v SUPERMAN is going to suck?

JETT SAYS: Ah, the internet and fanboys – a match made in hell! Yes, the “screening loudest” segment of fandom has rose (or lowered themselves) to the occasion yet again it seems. Karle, if you liked the trailer and have faith in the movie, then you shouldn’t care what anyone things…except me, of course. ;)

Look, fanboy nonsense aside, I’m sure that there are a lot of the non-fanboy segment of fandom either were “meh” toward the trailer or flat didn’t like it – and that’s OK. But again, if you liked it, that’s all that matters.

Personally, I’d give it a B and thought it was good. On my BOF “Bat-Poll,” most folks gave it an A and thought it was awesome (if you didn’t vote, CLICK HERE and scroll to the end of the article). A scientific poll, no – but I think it’s a pretty good look at how people feel about the trailer.

And as far as BATMAN v SUPERMAN potentially sucking, I haven’t heard one single thing that would make me believe it. Of course, the ultimate proof will be in the pudding come March 25, 2016.

With the STAR WARS celebration event being broadcast internationally, do you think it's time for studios to stop showing exclusive footage at San Diego Comic Con for the 7,000 that make it into Hall H?

JETT SAYS: Chris, here’s the issue: piracy. If everything that is shown in those panels is broadcast, then you’d have all sorts of issues with illicit video popping up on the Net. Now if you’re talking about broadcasting the panels and then blacking them out briefly whenever something exclusive is shown – like the BvS footage last at last year’s SDCC – then I’m down with it.

On the other hand, I guess I’m of the mind that the stuff shown at SDCC is special and should continue to be exclusive. Yes, I know not everyone can afford to go to San Diego and attend the convention, but that doesn’t mean that those folks deserve to see what is shown there. That sort of mentality goes back to the entitlement complex that many fans have quite frankly. Just because you’re a HUGE fan doesn’t mean you have the right to see exclusive footage shown at a comic book convention if you couldn’t or didn’t attend.

What a week! I hear that the run time of the IMAX event is 15 minutes. It is said to contain an intro video with Zack Snyder and the two minute trailer. Snyder has confirmed there will be some extra footage shown. What do you expect to see in the presentation? Will you be attending one?

JETT SAYS: Gabe, from what I’ve been told, you are correct with your event synopsis. The only thing I can add is that everyone who attends will all participate in a virtual hug with Ben Affleck for his Batman looking so awesome!

I’m kidding. No, everyone there will also get a BvS mini-poster that’s suitable for framing or attempting to sale on Ebay.

As far as the “extra footage,” I have no idea what they’ll show – probably not much to be honest. And no, I shall not be attending a screening as I didn’t attempt to RSVP quick enough – the result of being old and going to bed early. Trust me, I pulled every string I could pull (sans two that I reserve for thing that are really important) to get Warner Bros. to get me in, but to no avail – I’m SOL. And guess what, I’m not going to cry and bitch about it based on the belief that I deserve to be there just because I’m “Jett from Batman On Film.” I was slow on the trigger and that’s the way it goes.

Whether that's not Batman’s voice at the end of the first trailer, doesn't it seem logical that Bruce Wayne would use some tech to change his voice? I wonder why it hasn't thought of this before when it comes to Batman on film?

JETT SAYS: Mike, yes, I totally agree. Bruce Wayne would have a gizmo within the cowl that would alter his voice. And they have thought if it before. Christian Bale’s voice was altered in post for when he speaks as Batman. In fact, it is explained in BATMAN BEGINS: THE VISUAL GUIDE (2005) that there’s microphone that in the cowl’s jawline and speakers within its Bat-ears. This, Bruce’s voice is altered while wearing the Batsuit. Now, that’s never explained in BEGINS or either of Mr. Nolan’s two subsequent Batman films.

The BvS trailer is finally revealed! I feel like Warner Bros. has started the promotion train, so what do you feel is their next step and when? Keep on rockin' BOF!

JETT SAYS: Ryan, I don’t expect anything until early July – probably around the time of San Diego Comic Con ’15 as I figure they’ll be a full cast & crew panel there. There certainly could be a few pics released right before simply to drive up the hype.

But before that, the film’s first one sheet (poster) will be released here very soon. As I said in a previous answer, the folks who attend the special BvS trailer screening will get a 11x17 copy of it.

Any chance Chris Nolan ever directs another comic book film?

JETT SAYS: Ben, I believe Chris himself has said never say never in regards to directing a superhero/comic book film. If I had to lay odds on it, I’d say “not likely” is, well, more likely than “probably.” I see him doing a BOND film or two before returing to the comic book movie genre.

Do you think that Batman has indeed been retired for a period of time in BvS? Plus, with Hans Zimmer’s score, could the average moviegoer think that Ben Affleck is replacing Christian Bale in the same continuity?

JETT SAYS: Mance, in regards to Bruce Wayne being “retired” from Batmanning in BvS, that was the rumor early on in the pre-production of this film. Of course, a lot has changed since then as Chris Terrio re-wrote David Goyer’s original script. It kinda makes sense that the appearance of an invulnerable flying alien who looks human might cause Bruce to don the cape and cowl again. I think that would be cool, but I can see then not going with that plot-point as it’s similar to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

In regards to Hans Zimmer’s BvS score, Hans said that he’s not doing anything Batman-related as he didn’t want to disrespect Chris Nolan and his work on “The Dark Knight Trilogy.”

And when it comes to people thinking that Affleck’s Batman is simply a continuation of “The Dark Knight Trilogy” with a change in the Bat-actor, well, A LOT of people thought that BATMAN BEGINS was a prequel to BATMAN ’89!

I love how, at first, the internet was like, "Ben Affleck as Batman?! NOOOO!" Now they're like, "Ben Affleck, is the greatest Batman EVER!” It's a funny world we live in.

JETT SAYS: HA! Travis, bro, did you expect anything other than that? I’ll proudly point out that I wanted Ben as Batman since ’99 when they were thinking about doing an adaptation of YEAR ONE, and he was also my #1 choice to direct a Batman film after Chris Nolan. Doubt me? Go dig into the BOF archives.

And lest we forget, Michael Keaton (“Mr. Mom can’t be Batman!”), Heath Ledger (“The Joker isn’t a gay Cowboy!”), Tom Hardy (“Bane should be CGI!”), Anne Hathaway (“She’s not hot enough to be Catwoman and has to have a whip!”), and most recently, Gal Gadot (“Her boobs aren’t big enough!”).

‘nuff said?

And from Twitter this week…

JETT SAYS: You’re definitely on to something Craig. After discussing the trailer with the great Mark Hughes, he has me (almost) convinced that the “Tell me, do you bleed?” doesn’t come from Batman. Honestly, I think it’s a ruse and misinformation that the two actually fight in the film. Yes, perhaps Batman lighting up the Batsignal and Superman signaling back with his heat vision is their way of saying, “OK, let’s see if we can co-exist for the greater good.”

JETT SAYS: Hi Marco, you can read what I think about the trailer HERE. And since the DCCU Batman has been, well, being Batman for 15 to 20 years, I assume that The Riddler already exists. That one little Easter Egg was cool, no doubt.

JETT SAYS: That’s a good one. But my favorite dialogue is this…

“That’s how it starts…the fever…the rage…the feeling of powerlessness
that turns good men…cruel.”

Now, what’s the context of Alfred’s statement? I don’t know. Perhaps he’s talking to Bruce about…Lex Luthor?

YES...it ALL makes sense now.

JETT SAYS: Well, it wouldn’t be a bad idea. Batman > Superman, obviously. (But I do like Superman A LOT. Hell, I might be the only person in the world who liked BOTH SUPERMAN RETURNS and MAN OF STEEL!)

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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