The "1st BvS Trailer/1st Leto-Joker Pic" BOF Mailbag
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
April 26, 2015

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 again...

Or this...

And it case you missed it, here's yesterday's BOF Podcast...

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

On the BOF PODCAST last night, you sounded like you may be more amenable to Batman being in a more expanded DCCU. Am I right and, if I am, what changed your mind?

JETT SAYS: Jason, you’re not right, but you’re not wrong either. If I had my way, there would be no DCCU and Batman on film would be its own thing existing in its own universe. I did and still do agree with Chris Nolan when he said that “these things” – film’s based on DC Comics characters – should be kept separate and exist within their own world.

But I’m not calling the shots at Warner Bros. so I don’t have a say on the matter.

However, I do believe that this DCCU – led by Zack Snyder – is going to be as close to how I would’ve done it if I had to do it; you know what I’m sayin’? It seems to me that the DCCU is going to be grounded and gritty in tone; and – should I dare say – “realistic.” I find the idea of what if a being like Superman actually showed up in our world and how we would react very interesting. And I believe that same theme will be applied to not only Superman, but Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Aquaman as well.

And look, having already got “My Batman” on film with “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” it does make it easier to accept (and actually look forward to seeing) a DCCU cinematic Batman who will exist alongside a guy who talks to fish – that’s IF this DCCU Aquaman has that power, of course.

JETT SAYS: You just might be. Or Doomsday (who I believe – if in the film – is a Lex Luthor-created clone of Zod) perhaps?

Do you think this Joker stands a chance against this huge, comic book-looking Batman? Greetings from Peru!

JETT SAYS: Martin, The Joker has never been Batman’s physical equal, but he’s always held his own against The Dark Knight. I don’t see that changing when we eventually see Batfleck vs. the Leto-Joker.

JETT SAYS: I believe that Bruce Wayne fears this “Superman” becoming a tyrant and that at some point they do fight. I also believe that they will become allies in the end. Allies yes, but friends? Not so much.

I have no horse in this race because I've already been given The Joker I always wanted, but do you think some people's issues with the new tattooed Joker might be down to the tattoos literally spelling it out who this character is? An argument could be made that The Joker's actions speak louder than words.

JETT SAYS: Josh, yeah, I think the aesthetic of Jared Leto’s Joker with the tattoos and the silver grill in his mouth is probably hard for some to accept. Now many of these folks are like my friend Sean Gerber who said on our latest BOF PODCAST that he doesn’t like it; however, he also said that his final opinion will be based on Leto’s performance in SUICIDE SQUAD as The Joker as opposed to one publicity photo. Of course, you’ve got the people who are going to hate it no matter what, and if that’s the case, that’s their prerogative despite the fact I think that line of thinking is ignorant quite frankly.

And lest we forget, there was the same sort of reaction to the first image released of Heath Ledger as The Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT back in May of 2007. And we know how that eventually turned out, right?

JETT SAYS: Yeah, I can see some of The Joker from R.I.P. in the Leto-Joker. Good observation!

I know that Jared Leto as The Joker is going to be the pull here, and I am pretty happy we got ourselves a look at the character already. That said, with all the attention coming out of the SUICIDE SQUAD camp, when do you think we might get a look at some of the other cast members in costume? And as part B to that question, what do you think the chances are that we may be getting a drastically different take on some of these other characters than what we might be used to seeing?

JETT SAYS: Dan, I’ll answer part B first: absolutely. I don’t think Harley Quinn is going to be wearing a red and black jester’s costume for example. David Ayer’s SUICIDE SQUAD is going to be a grounded and gritty film and the look of these characters – Deadshot, Boomerang, and of course, The Joker – are going to reflect that.

As far as when we’ll get a look at those characters and the others in the cast, I suspect it’ll come soon – likely within the next two months before San Diego Comic Con ’15.

JETT SAYS: I think the biggest difference is that MAN OF STEEL was not truly a Zack Snyder film. But with BATMAN v SUPERMAN, this one is 100% Zack’s baby.

If this Batman is already established, do you think classic comic book storylines have happened to this Batman like DEATH IN THE FAMILY and THE KILLING JOKE? I'm basing this on the photo of Jared Leto with the camera, the Robin costume allegedly hanging in the Batcave, and the rumor that Jena Malone may be Barbara Gordon. Thanks!

JETT SAYS: Todd, I’m not sure that the events of either DEATH IN THE FAMILY or THE KILLING JOKE are literally part of Batfleck’s backstory. With that said, I do believe that a Robin has been killed by The Joker and that Jena Malone just might be Barbara Gordon in BvS. However, I do not believe that Jared Leto’s Joker has been or ever will be the Iranian ambassador to the U.N.

Hi, I've been asked a few times by friends whether BATMAN v SPERMAN may have some humor. I thought maybe you could answer that if you can? (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Luke, I’m quite sure there will be some lighter moments and, yes, humor in the film. Hell, the films of “The Dark Knight Trilogy” were dark and serious, but there was humor included in all three. The reports from a while back that Warner Bros. mandated that all their DC films not include any humor were not completely true. Just because the studio wants these films to be grounded and gritty (see, there’s those two “G’s again) and have a more realistic and mature tone, doesn’t mean we won’t see any humor in any of them.

Frankly, I find it funny and a bit ironic that now people are demanding comic book films be “fun and humorous,” when just a few years ago folks were demanding them to be “dark and serious.” *sigh*

After the release of the Leto-Joker pic, I saw multiple people saying that wouldn't be his final look for the movie; that it was a “special” Joker 75th anniversary photo (hence the HAHAHA tattoos, etc.) and that he wouldn't have the tats in the film. For the record the body art doesn't bother me at all, but I was wondering if you could shed some light on this? (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: We addressed this question on the BOF PODCAST yesterday, but I’ll answer it again: Nonsense.

Now, if you want to include Leto’s Joker wearing a shirt or suit, then yeah, the image we got on Friday isn’t his “final look.” But this version of The Joker has tattoos and wears a grill over his teeth – and I can’t wait to see Batfleck knock it out of his mouth!

A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
is the founder of BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM.
He likes Elvis, Rock-N-Roll,
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He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS with his lovely wife, three kids, and two Boston Terriers.

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