1st BOF Mailbag of 2015!
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
January 11, 2015

Here's the latest BOF Mailbag which is the first one of 2015. Thanks for all the questions and keep them coming via EMAIL, BOF's FACEBOOK PAGE, or on BOF's TWITTER.

You probably have been asked this before, but could you offer your best guess on the 2015 BvS timeline (trailers, photos, comic con presence etc.)?


Do you own BATMAN RETURNS? Do you ever watch it?

JETT SAYS: Adam, I do own BATMAN RETURNS yes, on Blu-ray. I have it as part of BATMAN: THE MOTION PICTURE ANTHOLOGY and I do not watch it. I will watch a few minutes of it whenever I come across it on TV while flipping channels just to remind myself why I despise it so much. Truth be told, I’ve never not owned BATMAN RETURNS on home video. I bought it on VHS the day it was released back in ’92 (I was still trying to convince myself that it was “good”), and have also purchased it on DVD and, most recently, the Blu-ray version (which I actually got comp from WB to review).

Would you ever consider undertaking and recording the BATMAN AND ROBIN drinking game?

JETT SAYS: LOL! Hell yeah!

For Batman's cowl, do you prefer short ears, long ears, don't really care?

JETT SAYS: Rob, for the longest time, I preferred the long Bat-ears on the cowl. That’s probably due to how Batman was drawn in the comics during the 70s. But now, I think I prefer the shorter ears and I really love the BATMAN v SUPERMAN cowl worn by Ben Affleck. They had a model of it on display at San Diego Comic Con last Summer and it looks really good.

Assuming C-Nol gave his "blessing" and all the original actors were on board, would you like to see any spin-offs from “The Dark Knight Trilogy.” A Selina Kyle origin story? Henri Ducard’s initiation to the League of Shadows?

JETT SAYS: Apostolos, I would not be on board with any “Trilogy” spinoffs to be honest. I like things the way they are and I don’t want anything about the “Trilogy” retroactively jacked with. And you know as well as I do that Chris would never give his blessing to such projects LOL!

How likely is it that Jared Leto's Joker will be killed off in Batfleck's Batflick THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS-style? Also do you have a day job or is running this site your main gig?

JETT SAYS: Gabe, I don’t know if it’s likely, but I will say it’s possible due to the fact that so much of this new Batman on film is based on Frank Miller’s TDKReturns. And BOF is not my main gig – though it will in about 2 years. Longtime readers of this here little ‘ol website know that I’ve coached high school and junior high school football in Texas for MANY years.

Hi Bill, is JUSTICE LEAGUE the last film for Amy Adams as Lois Lane? And is there still a chance Jesse Eisenberg will be in SUICIDE SQUAD?

JETT SAYS: Glen, I’m not sure how many films Adams signed on for; three I suspect. However, I think she likes playing Lois and will portray her any time the character is needed in a DCCU film. As far as Eisenberg as Lex in SS, there was a rumor that he would be in it, so yeah, there’s certainly a chance. It would be sort of cool to see The Joker and Lex Luthor on screen in a live-action film – and it would be just about historic as Batman and Superman meeting in BvS.

Just got my BATMAN TV series Blu-Ray set (phenomenal!). How far are you in it and which episode (or episodes since they're 2-parters) is your favorite?

JETT SAYS: Ryan, I’m able to catch about one, maybe two, a week right now, but I’ve seen all of them at some point over the years. I’m currently still getting through Season One. My favorite episode always was – and still is so far – the series’ first episode(s), “Hi Diddle Riddle/Smack in the Middle" (read BOF's review HERE). On a related note, Team BOF is currently reviewing one 2-part episode a week, and you all can check them out HERE.

Will this new DC Cinematic Universe use the same style "real world" approach that [Chris] Nolan fathered [in “The Dark Knight Trilogy”]?

JETT SAYS: Travis, yes and no. The DCCU won’t use as much “heightened realism” as Chris used in the “Trilogy.” But, I think the ultra-fantastical will be kept to a minimum and will be “explained” in a way that will make the audience believe it could happen in our world. I think the best example of what to expect out of the DCCU is MAN OF STEEL.

How do you imagine villains like Darkseid and Doomsday being portrayed on film? Obviously they'll be CGI ala Kilowog in GREEN LANTERN and how I imagine Ultron will be portrayed in the upcoming AVENGERS film, but so you have any specific ideas about scale/presentation/etc.?

JETT SAYS: Jason, I hope I never have to see Darkseid in a live-action DCCU film LOL! Of course, it’s long been rumored that Doomsday is in BvS. It’s my guess that the character will indeed be CGI and will be depicted as Lex Luthor’s answer to Superman using Kryptonian DNA via the dead body of Zod. A “Bizzaro Zod,” if you will.

Have you heard anything about a Blu-ray release of the DC animated universe series/movies, individually or as a set? Might WB be saving some kind of release to coincide with BvS?

JETT SAYS: Trey, I’ve heard nothing; however, you gotta think that they’ll one day release all those series – like BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES – on Blu-ray at some point in the near future. In fact, I don’t have BTAS in my Bat-collection because I am waiting on the eventual Blu-ray box set release.

Hi Jett! Will there be any other Bat-vehicles besides The Batmobile [in BvS]?

JETT SAYS: Sean, haven’t heard anything, but I’d guess yes. I’m pretty sure (*wink*) that there is more than one Batmobile. If there’s another Bat-vehicle in the film, I suspect it’ll be some sort of flying contraption.

How is your book coming?

JETT SAYS: Adam, it’s coming…slowly. Mark Hughes and I’ve been kicking around the idea of co-writing a book to be the definitive history of Batman on film. I say “definitive” because I’ve got great relationships with the Chris Nolan/Emma Thomas and Michael Uslan. Stay tuned.

If Elvis were to play a Batman villain in a Batman movie made during his day, which villain would he play?

JETT SAYS: Condiment King.

If the DC Cinematic Universe fails to catch-on – i.e fails to be profitable (I know it's unlikely) – what would be the next step? What would Batman films be like? Would there be other DC superhero films?

JETT SAYS: It would be a disaster for Warner Bros. quite frankly. I think the “next step” would be to lay low on DC films for several years and then come back with a new Batman series. Batman will ALWAYS be popular and a moneymaker for Warner.

Is Bruce Wayne an Apple or an Android man? Or does he run his own network via a Waynetech subsidiary?

JETT SAYS: Cameron, Bruce Wayne is clearly a Galaxy S5 man. Batman, however, has his own tech that kicks both Samsung and Apple’s asses.

Do you think the Justice League films will tell one cohesive story told in two parts with one villain?

JETT SAYS: JPH, yes, I think the two JL films will tell one story over the course of two films. However, I’m not sure there will be one “main villain.” We shall see.

Marvel's ANT-MAN movie looks to be borrowing more than a few beats from BATMAN BEYOND. An old, retired hero giving his hi-tech suit to a young inexperienced guy who's had trouble with the law. There was even a shot of Michael Douglas in front of a bank of computer screens in what looked to be an "Ant-Cave" of sorts. It looks to follow BEYONDs set-up more than the actual Ant-Man comics. Do you think this could make Warner Bros. shy away from doing a BEYOND movie at some point since the general public might wrongly see it as a Marvel rip-off, especially if ANT-MAN is a huge hit? (via email)

JETT SAYS: Jill, great question. In fact, I didn’t even think about BATMAN BEYOND when I watched the ANT-MAN trailer, but now that you’ve brought it up, you’ve certainly got a point. However, I don’t think WB will shy away from making a BEYOND film because of ANT-MAN. They’re not shying away from doing two Justice League films because of THE AVENGERS. To me, Ant-Man and Batman are two such different characters, that no one would think WB was ripping off Marvel if they did make a BATMAN BEYOND film down the line. I honestly think that one day we will get a BEYOND film and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if its Bruce Wayne is in the Bruce Wayne that will be played by Ben Affleck for the next several DCCU movies.

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...
He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS with his lovely wife, three kids, and two Boston Terriers.

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