JETT SAYS: Total and complete nonsense and a lazy argument – that’s what I think about that take on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Clearly, the folks who believe that didn’t pay attention to the two previous films.
In both BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT, Bruce made it clear that he planned to be Batman for only as long as Batman was needed. Hell, he thought he had a legitimate replacement – a “White Knight” – in Harvey Dent in TDK. And when a hospitalized Jim Gordon says to Bruce, “We were in this together…and then you were gone,” he replies, “The Batman wasn't needed anymore…we WON.”
It had NOTHING to do with Batman quitting; he stopped being Batman because the Dent Act – made possible by the work of Batman and Gordon (and their lie as well) – was the cause of Batman no longer being needed. Batman and eventually Bruce disappeared because of that. Bruce became a recluse because without Batman being needed, he had, well, nothing else. It eventually took the events of RISES to show Bruce that Batman was indeed still needed, but there was a life out there for Bruce Wayne as well.
Futhrermore, it's not like Chris Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, and David Goyer tread on unbroken ground with RISES. Bruce Wayne "quit" being Batman at one point in both Frank Miller's THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS (one of RISES's inspirations) and in the BATMAN BEYOND animated TV series.
Were you a little worried there'd be nothing to report on BOF for a while after THE DARK KNIGHT RISES came out? Also, how old are Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson portrayed in the comics now?
JETT SAYS: Hi Travis. No, I was not worried there would be nothing to report after RISES due to my belief that I had done with BOF what I originally set out to do. My take was upon seeing RISES was “Mission accomplished.” In fact, I kinda felt that way after seeing BATMAN BEGINS back in 2005. I’m tremendously proud of BOF and what its role in Batman film history. There have been, are, and will be in the future other Batman websites, but no one did or will do what BOF accomplished organically. For me, right now, everything is gravy.
As far as the current comic book ages of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, I’m not 100% sure, but I believe Bruce is in his early to mid 30’s and Dick is about a decade or so younger.
With both THE DARK KNIGHT and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Warner Bros. had “Prologues” for those films that premiered several months before they were released. They did not do it for MAN OF STEEL. But do you think that Warners could do it for BATMAN v SUPERMAN or any other upcoming DC films? Secondly, would you want a prologue in advance? I for one am on the fence. I loved both prologues for the Batman films, but it's too much of a tease because we still have to wait for the rest of the film to be released several months later.
JETT SAYS: Chance, I do not think there will be such a “Prologue” for BvS. I believe that was more of a Chris Nolan thing and he’s not actively involved with BvS. If they did do one, I’d be cool with it – I just don’t expect it to happen.
When do you think we'll see Jerome again on GOTHAM? Do you think he'll have anything to do with the Red Hood storyline? Thanks!
JETT SAYS: Shout out to Adam in Binghampton, NY! I do think we’ll see this Jerome again – although I think he’s a red herring when it comes to the pre-Joker Joker. Unless of course, he isn’t – GOTHAM isn’t known for subtlety. Regarding the upcoming Red Hood gang storyline, I believe I read somewhere that Jerome is involved. Frankly, I only half watch the show. My son likes it, so I watch it with him – and I’m not 100% engaged.
What do you think of Dwayne Johnson recently making it very clear that SHAZAM! will be part of the main DC cinematic universe after all, and that one day we will see Black Adam duking it out with Superman and Batman? It seems to go way against your opinion that the new DCCU would be less fantastical than people think it will be.
JETT SAYS: Whoa, whoa, whoa, stop the clock! Number one, it’s more than an opinion – take that for what you will. Secondly, I wouldn’t read too much into what The Rock says - it was more wishful thinking that "making it clear" that Black Adam will be throwing it down against Batman and Superman. Sure, SHAZAM! could certainly – and very will likely – be a part of the DC Cinematic Universe…technically. However, I don’t foresee any crossover with Mr. Johnson as Black Adam into any of the DCCU-proper films. Keep in mind that all he said was that SHAZAM! would be part of the DCCU and that it was possible that Black Adam could take on Superman or Batman; he didn’t say it was happening. One last thing that should be pointed out; SHAZAM! is a New Line film (though New Line is a Time-Warner company) and all the DCCU films will all under the Warner Bros. umbrella.
Your favorite Bat-fighting style? Bale's punching and head-butting, or Kilmer's kicking and back-flipping?
JETT SAYS: Apostolos, the fighting style used in “The Dark Knight Trilogy” by far.
When did you first meet Christopher Nolan and what was your first impression of him?
JETT SAYS: I first “met” Chris Nolan during the press junket for BATMAN BEGINS back in 2005. I say “met” because I didn’t really meet him; I was simply one of several journalists (and no, I do not consider myself a professional journalist) sitting at a big conference tale during what they call “roundtable interviews.”
However, the first time I actually met Chris was three years later during the presser for THE DARK KNIGHT. I was the only member of the online press who was granted a solo, 1-on-1 interview with him (although I couldn’t say that at the time). We probably chatted for about a half hour and I found him to be a very nice, humble, and cool dude (you can read my interview from back in 2008 HERE).
To be honest, I actually became friends with his wife Emma; I’d say that Chris would say that he knew me mainly through his Ms. Thomas. But with that said, Chris knows who I am and I’m proud to say that I definitely earned his respect. After that interview for TDK the dude always went out of his way to visit with me whenever we were in the same place. And it was a huge honor that he took the time to write me a thank you letter – on his own personal stationary – a few weeks after THE DARK KNIGHT RISES hit theaters in 2012. Lots – if not most – of the stuff I got to do over the course of “The Dark Knight Trilogy” was due to Chris and Emma and I appreciate them both tremendously.
And while I'm acknowledging "Friends of BOF," I must also say "Thanks!" yet again to the great Michael Uslan. Along with Chris and Emma, Mr. Uslan did a lot for me and BOF over the years as well. I will forever be indebted to those three folks and I'll reveal more in the BOF book I'm writing.
Jett, what’s take on Mr. Snyder's interpretation of Aquaman? Isn't it amazing how quick fanboys grab the pitch forks?
It’s clear that Synder and co. too inspiration for the 1990’s incarnation of the character – which I thought was the best and most “badass” look I’d ever seen done of Aquaman.
I also think going with a Polynesian-inspired aesthetic and likely background for Aquaman is quite brilliant too. I may still be a bit leery of seeing Batman alongside Aquaman in a live-action film, but I’ve long been a supporter of an Aquaman film; and I’m really looking forward to Momoa’s solo endeavor in 2018.
As far as fanboys freaking out over the way he looks, all I can say is that no, I’m not surprised in the least. This is what they do and they apparently enjoy doing it – despite how juvenile and ridiculous they look.
It's a SHAME what Zack Snyder did to Aquaman! Outrageous? No, RIDICULOUS! SMALLVILLE did it better. (via EMAIL)
JETT SAYS: So Steven, you like this...
...over what Snyder and co. did with the character in the above pic? Please! Momoa would look down-right silly in a get-up like that!
Do you think SUICIDE SQUAD will be inspired by the recent BATMAN: ESCAPE FROM ARKHAM animated film? Maybe involve them breaking into Arkham for some reason – such as getting info from The Joker – and then have the Batman (Ben Affleck) cameo as setup for the solo Batman movie?
JETT SAYS: Mike, I think there will be some similarities between the two films, but I don’t think the live-action film is going to copy or borrow from the basic plot of the animated movie. Also, I’m on the record saying that I 100% believe Ben Affleck will make a cameo appearance as Batman in SUICIDE SQUAD; I’m just not sure how it will be executed. Would you want to have a brief encounter between him and Jared Leto’s Joker? Or would you simply tease it in SS and save that for the solo Batfleck Batflick?
Now that we've seen the episode, what did you think of “Jerome” on GOTHAM?
JETT SAYS: Matt, I think I answered a similar question last week, so I’m repeating myself here. I think that “Jerome” in GOTHAM was so blatantly acting like The Joker, that there’s no way that he ends up being The Joker down the line…unless he does. Look, GOTHAM is about as subtle as a frying pan to the back of a head, so it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he is the pre-Joker Joker. I thought Cameron Monaghan’s performance was good – though I felt he was doing a bit of a Heath Ledger Joker impersonation there when he snapped and “Jokered-out.”
If Dick Grayson is in the next solo Batman film, do you want him as Robin or Nightwing?
JETT SAYS: Nightwing, definitely. I think it’s clear that in this Batman on film universe with a Batman in his mid-40’s, Grayson is probably in his 30’s and has moved on from being Robin. Heck, he might have moved on from crime-fighting altogether and will only be mentioned and never seen.
With the release of the Aquaman pic and the tagline “Unite the Seven,” I was wondering your thoughts on what that could mean. Do you think Aquaman will be put in charge of uniting the Justice League?
JETT SAYS: Possibly. I also think that “Unite the Seven” might not allude to the Justice League, but the “Seven Seas.” Remember, as Zack Snyder said in his Tweet, “There’s only one true king.” King of the Seven Seas? Maybe so.
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