BOF Mailbag: 1/31/15
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
January 31, 2015

Below you will find the latest BOF Mailbag in which we close out the first month of 2015 and welcome in February. We're slowly getting closer to BATMAN v SUPERMAN! Thanks for all the questions and keep them coming via EMAIL, BOF's FACEBOOK PAGE, or on BOF's TWITTER.

Jett, sir, do you own – or would you buy – any of the 40s Batman serials?

JETT SAYS: Jeremy, you don’t have to call me “sir,” OK? And yes, I own both of the 1940s serials; they’re an important part of Batman history. In fact, you can check out BOF's tribute to them which was done for Batman 75 RIGHT HERE.

How would you compare the marketing campaign surrounding the 90s Batman films vs. “The Dark Knight Trilogy?” Chris Nolan’s films were so much better, but I feel like the 90s films were more of an “event” with the toys, McDonald's tie-ins, and all the other stuff?

JETT SAYS: Great question Mike. I’d say that we can eliminate every Batman film when it comes to marketing and hype except for these two: BATMAN ’89 and THE DARK KNIGHT. Having being able to witness the hoopla of both as an adult, I’d say that that they’re damn near equal in terms of “hype.” Honestly, I didn’t think I’d ever witness “Batmania” like I did back in 1989, but I – we – did in 2008 with TDK. Now, I’d say that B89’s was more impressive due to the fact that it was more organic and there was no internet back then to help promote the film. Regardless, I think that both are pretty much equal when it comes to them being a pop culture “event.”

As far as the fast food-tie-ins, toys, etc., I’m very happy and proud that the films of the “Trilogy” came WAY first and were more important than that peripheral stuff. Starting with BATMAN RETURNS and escalating to BATMAN AND ROBIN, it had got to the point that it was reallyabout toys, happy meals, and all that sh*t instead of the film itself. I know that Chris Nolan wasn’t keen on exploiting his Batman films like that, so here’s hoping that Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. remembers that you don’t have to pimp the toys and fast food tie-ins to sale these movies. If the film is good (or great), all that stuff will take care of itself.

With Crazy Quilt appearing in this month's issue of BATMAN, how does that affect (if at all) your chances of bringing the character to life on the big screen? This has been a dream of yours!

JETT SAYS: Ryan, wasn’t Scott Synder’s interpretation of Crazy Quilt just brilliant? With that said, I don’t think we’ll see Paul Dekker in a live-action Batman film anytime soon…or ever. But I will say that Snyder did show how to take such a ridiculous character and make him both “realistic” and work within the context of a Batman comic book story.

To tell the truth, the whole Crazy Quilt thing on BOF started off as a bit and I was simply goofing on the character. But truth be told, I’ve kinda grown quite fond of ‘ol CQ over the years and was tremendously happy to see the New 52 take on the character.

Do you believe Elvis Presley faked his death?

JETT SAYS: Yamil, HELL NO, haha! Look, I’ve been a HUGE Elvis fan all my life, but the dude is dead as a doornail. It’s sad, actually, because I think he could’ve had a similar revival as the great Johnny Cash did in the early 90s when produced by Rick Rubin. Can you just imagine what could’ve been if Rubin took Elvis back to Sun Records and both worked their magic?

However, I can proudly say that I did see Elvis in concert once. It was in 1970, I was 4, and my Mom took me to see him perform at the Houston Astrodome when he was the #1 act on that year’s Livestock Show and Rodeo. It was my Mom who turned me onto Elvis as a child. She became a fan in the mid-1950’s when he burst onto the scene with “That’s All Right” and was touring the South while headlining the “Louisiana Hayride” tour.

Elvis at the Astrodome in 1970

Bill, who do you like to win Super Bowl XLIX?

JETT SAYS: Well, I don't particularly like either team! There's no underdog to pull for, so it's a bit of a conundrum for me this year. I guess since my Dallas Cowboys went up to there play and handed them their arse back in October, I'll begrudgingly hope that Seattle beats the Bellicheats.

Not a DC-related question, but anyways: Do you have an opinion on the upcoming Marvel`s “Secret Wars,” which are supposed to "softly reboot" the Marvel Universe? Do you think that these guys are just copying DC`s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” or are they doing their own thing? What does it mean for the future?

JETT SAYS: Sorry bro, I’ve got no opinion at all as I don’t have a clue as to what Marvel is doing with their comic book universe.

Do you have a favorite episode of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES?

JETT SAYS: Yes, “Beware the Gray Ghost.”

With SUICIDE SQUAD set to start filming in April, do you think we will hear of more casting soon? More importantly who will replace Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg?

JETT SAYS: Absolutely. I’m sure something will come down the pipe soon in regards to SS casting.

Any news on that Joel Schumacher BATMAN FOREVER/BATMAN AND ROBIN/BATMAN TRIUMPHANT trilogy comic series?

JETT SAYS: Travis, I haven’t heard anything since the original report broke. Personally, I’m very much looking forward to reading it!

Do you think that the likely cancelation of CONSTANTINE on NBC will help or hurt the chances of the “Justice League Dark/Dark Universe” movie getting off the ground?

JETT SAYS: Stephen, I think the TV and film projects are totally unrelated. I think it sucks that CONSTANTINE will likely be canceled as it’s my favorite of the three DC-based TV series that premiered this Fall.

Hi Jett, I really would like to know your take on BIRDMAN, if you already got a chance to see it. Also, what's your Elvis Top 5?

JETT SAYS: Mic, while I’m happy for Michael Keaton, I thought BIRDMAN was pretentious and boring as hell. Who gives a damn how “tough” it is for actors! I also didn’t like the not-so-subtle dig at comic book films. Bottom line, I didn’t like it at all. As far as my Elvis Top 5…

5. “Little Sister”
4. “Baby, Let’s Play House”
3. “Suspicious Minds”
2. “That’s All Right (Mama)”
1. “Heartbreak Hotel”

And if I had to recommend two – and two only – Elvis albums, I’d say ELVIS AT SUN and FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS.

What did you think of Nic Cage's costume for SUPERMAN LIVES? And is it true that Michael Keaton's Batman was scheduled for a cameo in the movie?

JETT SAYS: I thought one of them pretty much looked like a Superman costume – albeit a Batman on film-inspired rubber suit Superman costume. Then their are two others that were simply HORRIBLE. One looks as if Cage's head (while wearing a goofy, long-haired wig) was stuck atop a plasic action figure, while the other looks like he's been wrapped in Christmas lights!

I think Nic Cage was a ridiculous choice to play Superman and Tim Burton was a ridiculous choice to direct a Superman film. If that film had been made, it probably would’ve killed the comic book movie genre once and for all. However, I am very much looking forward to seeing that documentary) "The Death of SUPERMAN LIVES: What Happened?!) that’s being made on this film when it’s released in the near future.

As far as Michael Keaton reprising the role of Batman in the film, Kevin Smith’s draft of the screenplay included a Batman cameo which was written for Keaton. I don’t think this Bat-cameo was included in Burton’s final shooting script.

Jett, did you read BATMAN #38 yet? If not, there is a character featured who will likely be of particular interest to you!

JETT SAYS: Josh, I did. See above.

Hey Bill, I have a couple of follow-up questions based on answers you gave from the last mailbag. If Ben Affleck's solo Bat film does good, would there be a chance he would do a sequel? And when Warner Bros. decides to do a new animated Batman series, do you think it could be based on BATMAN v SUPERMAN?

JETT SAYS: Glenn, yes, I think there’s a chance that Ben Affleck will do two solo Batman films. But if I had to bet on it, I’d say he only does one…but you never know. And no, I don’t think any future Batman animated series will be based on BvS.

Since the Batman in BATMAN v SUPERMAN is supposed to be based on Frank Miller's THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, is it a given that Commissioner Gordon won't be a part of the DCCU, since he'll have been retired?

JETT SAYS: Jorge, I’m beginning to think that is indeed the case. The whispers are we’ll see Commissioner Yindel, not Commissioner Gordon in BvS and future films. Also, I’d say that this new Batman on film is more “inspired by Miller’s TDKR and not “based on.”

This may be somewhat of a silly question, but it occurs to me that THE LEGO MOVIE’s Batman acts nicely as a sort of 'palate cleanser' to get people more ready to accept a new Batman on film; a stop-gap between Bale and Affleck, would you agree?

JETT SAYS: I don’t think there’s an overt attempt by Warner Bros. to use “Lego Batman” as a bridge between Bale and Affleck. I believe that WB knows that Batman is immensely popular and wanted the character in THE LEGO MOVIE for that reason. And of course, this version of Batman was so well received that it’s getting its own film!

At what point in BATMAN AND ROBIN did you realize that something was horribly wrong?

JETT SAYS: Cameron, that point for me was BEFORE I even walked into the theater to see it. I clearly remember seeing the first trailer on ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and thinking, “OK, this isn’t looking good" ("Batgirl? That isn't very PC!") Then I saw the entire cast and director Joel Schumacher on OPRAH and I thought, “They’re actually trying to sale this film to the people who watch F’n OPRAH?!” I’m pretty sure I’ve revealed this before on BOF, but I walked out on it the first time I saw it – I don’t think I even made it halfway through.

What are your thoughts on Tyrese and his attempt at becoming Jon Stewart/Green Lantern? I’m not sure he's strong enough to carry a franchise on his own. Though, if Warner Bros. plans on going with several different Green Lanterns than I could possibly see him in the role.

JETT SAYS: Chance, my stance on another Green Lantern film is this: I’ll believe it when I see it. With that said, I’ve got no issue with Tyrese playing John Stewart (though my personal choice is Idris Elba). After the debacle that was GREEN LANTERN with Ryan Reynolds (and I am in no way blaming Reynolds as it was his fault in the least that the film sucked), I’d like to see more of a Green Lantern Corps type of film with more than one GL.

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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