The BOF Mailbag - July 19, 2015
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
July 19, 2015

It's been about 2 weeks since the last mailbag and there's LOTS to talk about! Most of your questions were about this...

And this...

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!

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

Hey Jett! I've been following your site since your coverage of THE DARK KNIGHT and this is my first time emailing a question. I recently saw a theory that Jared Leto's Joker is actually Jason Todd, with evidence being the "J" on his cheek and what appears to be a robin tattoo on his arm. While I would be very surprised if the filmmakers went this route and I'm sure this is nothing but a fun theory, my question is what are your thoughts on this and would you be interested in seeing a Jason Todd turned Joker on the big screen? Thanks for all you do and keep up the good work! (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Hi Nathan. Thanks for reading BOF all these years. On to your question…

First of all, I unequivocally do not believe that Jason Todd is The Joker in the DCCU. I think it’s a fan theory (And there are A LOT of crazy ones out there about BvS right now!) and nothing more. But I’ll play the game, OK? If Jason Todd was actually The Joker in the DCCU, I think it would be a horrible mistake. The Joker works best as a character when you know nothing about him. How The Joker became “The Joker” is ambiguous and there’s not a true or official origin of the character in the comics. Once of the great things about The Joker as portrayed by Heath Ledger in THE DARK KNIGHT was that his true identity – and how he got those scars – was a complete mystery. I’m hoping that the DCCU’s version of The Joker -- who we’ll be introduced to in SUICIDE SQUAD next year and is portrayed by Jared Leto – will not have a backstory, origin, or true identity.

I was curious what you think of the news from Comic Con that Grant Morrison is returning to Batman comics. I know he isn't your personal Batman comic taste, but boy, the man sure must like himself some Batman! Thanks for doing what you do brother! (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Hi Verne, thanks for the email and question. Grant Morrison returning to Batman comics…meh. You’re 100% right – Morrison’s take on Batman isn’t my personal cup of tea. However, there’s no to deny that the dude isn’t a talented writer and passionate about Batman. It seems he is not going to be writing for a monthly, in-continuity Batman title, but some kind of one-off series titled BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE where he will be collaborating with various artists. While I’m certainly not “super excited” about Morrison’s return to the world of Batman, I will give it a look – mainly to see what sort of crazy sh*t this cat cooked up this time.

JETT SAYS: Great thought. I’ve long said that there are a lot of stories to be told about this Batman that took place before BATMAN v SUPERMAN. I certainly hope that they are explored on film one day. So yeah, I totally advocate Warner Bros. taking that route with the solo Batman film series in the near future as it’s a better option than rebooting Batman on film for a fourth time. They could certainly hire a younger actor -- someone in his mid 20s to early 30s -- to play the same, but younger, Batman as the older version portrayed by Ben Affleck. The more I think about it, the more I'm down with this!

There's all kind of crazy rumors and theories going around about both BvS and SUICIDE SQUAD. What's the craziest one you've heard so far? (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: HA! Ain't that the truth! The craziest theory I've heard so far was that Will Smith's Deadshot was really John Stewart and would be a Green Lantern in JUSTICE LEAGUE and the next GL film!

My personal guess is that the person being tortured by The Joker in the SS teaser is actually Dr. Quinzel rather than Robin. Do you agree? If this is the case, I think they are butchering the Harley Quinn character – it makes her more like a victim whose spirit was broken by The Joker, instead of being lured to him and turning to a villain on her own volition. Don't you also agree that it would fundamentally change her character?

JETT SAYS: In the SUICIDE SQUAD trailer, it is indeed Dr. Quinn (Margot Robbie) whom The Joker is torturing. And no, I would not agree that they are fundamentally changing her character in the DCCU. It's been suggested and incinuated many times in the comics that The Joker abuses and tortures Harley. Frankly, I think they are going to give us an inspired and pretty loyal version of the character in SUICIDE SQUAD -- and in a Batman film down the line.

Why do you think Bruce hasn't cleaned up Robin's costume for display? Assuming it's Jason Todd, do you think we'll see a lot of him either in flashbacks or via a “resurrection” in BvS or the Batfleck solo film?

JETT SAYS: Matthew, I don’t think the suit has been cleaned up because as is, it is to remind Bruce of his ultimate failure. As far as a Jason Todd flashback (though I’m of the mind that the dead Robin could be Dick Grayson in the DCCU), I’ve heard that a scene involving Robin and The Joker (Jared Leto) was filmed in Toronto and will be included in BvS. Finally, I don’t think that this dead Robin is going to return from the dead in the DCCU/future Batman film. I think he stays dead – just like he should have in the comics.

How are you feeling towards seeing Batman with super powered heroes now Jett? I'm still on the fence.

JETT SAYS: Josh, it still isn’t my preference. With that said, the way they (i.e. Zack Snyder) is building the DCCU with a heavy dose of “realism,” I think I’ll be OK with it. Now, if they end up blasting Batman off into space and have him fighting little green men, then yeah, I’m going to have an issue. But honestly, I’m still leery seeing a live-action Batman alongside Aquaman, The Flash, and a Green Lantern.

One, after the most recent BvS trailer, do you still think Batman will look ridiculous next to the rest of Justice League? And two, seeing as how crazy The Joker looks in the SUICIDE SQUAD trailer, do you envision different incarnations of Leto's Joker with no tattoos since the Batman timeline is so in flux and malleable for future stories in the DCCU?

JETT SAYS: Mike, I kinda answered part one of your question one question back. My take right now is that I like and I’m OK with what I’ve seen so far, but I am still cautious when it comes to Batman alongside a fish talker, a space cop with a power ring, and a guy who runs really, really fast. Really, it all depends on the execution. If the DCCU stays relatively grounded and pseudo-realistic, I think Batman and I will be OK.

As far question #2, I think it very possible we see Leto as a “young Joker” at some point down the line. Just as Ben Affleck’s Batman has been Batmanning for 20 years, I’m sure that Leto’s Joker has been Jokering for almost as long. And keep in mind that Leto is actually older than Affleck by about a year. Also like Ben, he can play a character younger than he actually is.

With the photo earlier that was released of Lex with no hair and in an orange jumpsuit, and then with the new trailer showing him with long hair, when exactly do you think he gets his bald head?

JETT SAYS: The pic of Lex (Jesse Eisenberg) with a shaved head looks like a prison ID picture to me. If that’s the case, I’m thinking it comes at the end of the film once Lex gets taken down for whatever crime(s) he commits.

After multiple viewings, it seems that Lex will possibly be another factor in the fight between Batman and Superman. Any thoughts on this?

JETT SAYS: I don’t believe that Bruce Wayne is going to need Lex Luthor egging him on when it comes to taking on Superman. I think Bruce has retired from being Batman and brings Batman back after one of his buildings in Metropolis was destroyed during the Superman/Zod battle (which assumingly killed many of his employees).

I feel like the "red capes" as Lex mentions at the end of the trailer are referring to the soldiers that desert Batman is fighting…in the desert. They’ve got Superman’s logo on their uniforms. Thoughts?

JETT SAYS: Adam, all I can say about the Superman army is that those soldiers are not the “Red Capes” Lex is talking about. I will speculate who the “Red Capes” are. I believe that Lex will try to create an army of “Evil Supermen,” if you will, via Kryptonian DNA to take out Superman and, probably, to take over the world himself. I don’t believe some of the shots of “Superman” in trailer #2 is Kal El.

How many more trailers do you think will be released for BATMAN v SUPERMAN?

JETT SAYS: 1 more, 3 total. I’m sure we’ll get one at the end of the year around November or December.

Just had a thought regarding Zack Snyder's Robin. He's obviously influenced by Frank Miller's THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, but what about the sequel THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN? If this "dead" Robin is Dick Grayson, could we see a cinematic take of Grayson gone bad and becoming Red Hood?

JETT SAYS: Here’s hoping that Zack Snyder dislikes THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN as much as I do!

Could an “Infinite Crisis” story work for DCCU in the future – even using it as an excuse to bring back Christian Bale and Michael Keaton as a Batman from different universes? Or is that just wishful thinking?

JETT SAYS: Kevin, I understand where you’re coming from as we all love both Bale and Keaton as Batman. However, I don’t see that a movie version of “Infinite Crisis” ever happening. However, I do recall some crazy idea that Val Kilmer once had where all the Batmans were in one film together!

JETT SAYS: I've been lucky enough to be invited to many sets for a visit. All I can say right now is that I've got some cool stuff coming BvS-related coming next March.

Is the Batman featured in SUICIDE SQUAD going to be Ben Affleck or is it going to be ambiguous? Also, do you think SUICIDE SQUAD will get an R-rating?

JETT SAYS: Both BATMAN v SUPERMAN and SUICIDE SQUAD are part of the same DC Cinematic Universe. Thus, the Batman in BvS is the same Batman in SUICIDE SQUAD. Plus, it well known that Ben Affleck spent a few days on the Toronto set of SUICIDE SQUAD (though that’s not him on the back of The Joker’s car – it’s his stuntman).

Also, SUICIDE SQUAD will be PG-13 and not R.

What's up with “Desert Batman?” That's all I want to know. And the Superman soldiers. What's your thoughts on these events from the film?

JETT SAYS: My thoughts about “Desert Batman” and the “Superman Soldiers” is that I don’t have thoughts – I know EXACTLY what that scene is all about. I’m also sworn to secrecy and can’t say more than that.

The most controversial aspect of the BvS trailer seems to be Jesse Eisenberg's performance. So what are your thoughts on Eisenberg as Luthor?

JETT SAYS: I thought from the beginning that Eisenberg as Lex was inspired casting and I saw nothing in the trailer to make me think it was a bad choice. I think we’re in for a real treat with his Luthor.

A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
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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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