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If Congress hadn't acted in 1998 to extend the term of copyright protection, Batman would have fallen into the public domain this year, meaning that any individual or studio - including Marvel(!) - would have been able to use the Batman character or make a Batman movie. This issue won't surface again for a while (Batman's copyright is now protected until 2034), but theoretically speaking: Do you think that having Batman in the public domain would be a good or bad thing for Batman on film? (via EMAIL)
JETT SAYS: This is a very interesting question. I think that Batman’s copyright being owned by Time-Warner is a good thing for all media incarnations of the character. As far as Batman on film – which was the specific focus of your question – if anyone could make a Batman film, that would be a very bad thing. You could have oversaturation of the character and he could be run into the ground. Plus, without regulation of the mythos, Batman could be depicted in ways that go against what he’s been about now for over 75 years. What do you think BOF’ers? Would Batman moving into the public domain be a good or bad thing? Give your thoughts in the comments section below.
I have two questions, Jett. One, is could you see Batman teaming up with just Wonder Woman in the DCCU, similarly to how they've teamed up before in the Batman and Wonder Woman comic books? And secondly, do you think either James Horner or Henry Jackman might make a good composer for the Batman on film soundtrack? (via EMAIL)
JETT SAYS: Well, my knowledge of film composers is very limited to say the least, so I really can’t offer an opinion on either of the gentlemen you mentioned in your question. As far as Batman teaming up with Wonder Woman in the DCCU, well, let me say this: Comic books and film are two different mediums with two totally different audiences. What works in one, might not work in the other. I’m thinking we’ll see the live-action film interactions between Bruce and Diana limited to team-up films – though I don’t think BATMAN v WONDER WOMAN will be one of them.
Was there any truth that Zack Snyder's first choice was Josh Brolin?
JETT SAYS: No; I believe that Ben Affleck was the first choice from the get go. With that said JP, Zack Snyder did meet with Brolin about the role of Batman (CLICK HERE for Brolin's confirmaton), but I think that was more about keeping their ducks – err, bats – in a row just in case Affleck passed. On that note, BOF broke the story that Batman would be older in BATMAN v SUPERMAN. And if they had chosen Brolin, I would've been OK with it - though I think Ben Affleck was the better, and correct, choice.
Do you think we will see the dinosaur or giant penny in the Batfleck Batcave? I kinda think we might.
JETT SAYS: Chad, I think it’s very possible; though I really don’t know for sure. In fact, I haven’t heard anything about the BATMAN v SUPERMAN Batcave other than I know a set for it was built and used in the film.
Is the dress blue and black, or white and gold? (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
JETT SAYS: Definitely blue and black. My wife said it was white and gold and we then proceeded to get into a fight over it!
How do you personally pronounce the “Ra's” in Ra’s Al Ghul’s name?
JETT SAYS: Mark, I’ve pronounced it as “Raz” since I was a kid back in the early 70s reading the Denny O’Neal/Neal Adams BATMAN comic book. I know Denny O'Neil, the creater of the character, pronounces it "Raysh," but I've said it like I've said it for 40 years now, so I'm not going to change!
We heard that Jena Malone was rumored to be Robin in BATMAN v SUPERMAN but we haven’t heard anything lately. Do you know whether or not she is in the movie?
JETT SAYS: Chance, I was told that Jena Malone is indeed in the film; but don’t take that as official confirmation.
Are you liking GOTHAM? I mean the part where "everyone knows everybody?”
JETT SAYS: When it comes to GOTHAM, I’m totally indifferent. I will say that I’ve liked it better of late than earlier in the season. I’m just not a big fan of Batman’s villains showing up before Batman. It seems that in this universe, Batman is a reaction to the freak villains instead of the other way around.
How do you feel about ARROW essentially taking Denny O’Neil’s Ra's storyline of Bruce being his potential heir, and using it for Oliver?
JETT SAYS: Cullen, I pretty much don’t care to be honest. I never got into ARROW, so I’m not watching anyway. My two favorite DC-based TV shows are CONSTANTINE (please go to Syfi!) and THE FLASH.
Do you like it that they usually change up Batman's costume every movie, or do you prefer keeping the same costume from film to film unless there are plot reasons for the change?
JETT SAYS: Rob, I guess I’d prefer for the costume to change due to a plot reason. But overall, I really don’t care either way. I like the different costumes and I hope that Batfleck has several versions of the suit in BvS and future films.
Do the kids that you coach know that you run this important site for Batman fans and if so, do they ever bug you about giving them scoops?
JETT SAYS: In the almost 17 years that I have run BOF, only a few times have I had a kid tell me that they knew I was “Jett.” Many times, it’s after the fact when they’ve become adults do they email me and say, “Coach, I had you for history” or “Coach, you were my football coach.” In a strange twist, my son’s band director emailed me back in the Fall when school started and said, “Your son walked into class and I immediately said, ‘That’s Jett’s son!’” Funny!
What kind of Alfred incarnation do you think we'll get to see with Jeremy Irons? Anything similar to past live action or comic incarnations? He is one of the things I anticipate the most regarding BATMAN v SUPERMAN.
JETT SAYS: Jeffery, I’m sure that Iron’s Alfred will hit on all the traditional “Alfred requirements,” if you will. Also, I’m sure that he and Snyder will put their own spin on the character as well. I’m sorry if that sounds as a cop out of an answer, but I really don’t know as they’ve got this thing locked down tighter than a drum. Honestly, there’re only a few things I know or have been privy to that the general audience doesn’t know – and that’s OK by me.
I've heard you say that you didn't find BIRDMAN all that great. While I respect your opinion, I have to say it was my favorite film of the year. What exactly did you not like about it?
JETT SAYS: I found BIRDMAN to be a pretentious and boring film that was excruciatingly hard to even get through. It shocked me that it got so many accolades; though Hollywood loved films about, well, Hollywood. I also found the not-so-subtle criticism of what sort of films are popular right now – like comic book/superhero movies – and insinuating that they have zero redeeming value. It basically said that if you like films like THE AVENGERS or, say, TAKEN, you are a tasteless idiot who clearly doesn’t know “art.”
But hey, if you liked it, that’s more than OK as film is subjective.
What do you think would be the best way to incorporate costumed members of the Batman family into live action Batman movie, solo movie or TV series?
JETT SAYS: Hmm….
Though I’ve yet to get into ARROW, I have watched a handful of episodes. I’d probably follow that model for live-action incarnations of the Batman Family. With the Batman Universe, I think, you’ve got to keep in relatively grounded and realistic. I’m not saying it’s got to use “heightened realism” on the level that Chris Nolan did in “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” but Batman and his world are popular due to the fact that Batman is relatable and realistic…and cool as hell.
With Margot Robbie signing a multi-film deal to play Harley Quinn in DC films, what other films do you see her in besides SUICIDE SQUAD and a solo Batman movie?
JETT SAYS: Glenn, I don’t see her as Harley in the JUSTICE LEAGUE movies. I think Margot’s Harley will be in SUICIDE SQUAD and its sequel(s), of course, as well as the future solo Batfleck Batflick.
With only 13 months until the release of BATMAN v SUPERMAN, do you still think Warner Bros. plans on waiting until May until they release a trailer or do you think they will release one in March?
JETT SAYS: Chance, BOF’s BvS inside source “Shoeless” told me that it would be “attached” to Warner’s MAD MAX: FURY ROAD which is being released on May 15th.
Do you think Green Lantern or Martian Manhunter will be in BATMAN v SUPERMAN? That's one of the last Justice League members (of 7) not yet mentioned. If so, do you believe Dwayne Johnson will be John Stewart or J'onn J'onzz? Perhaps that's what he has been hinting about - his character being able to match Superman.
JETT SAYS: Jorge, I don’t think either Green Lantern or the Martian Manhunter will be in BATMAN v SUPERMAN. It looks like the only cameos we’ll get in BvS is Vic Stone (Cyborg) and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. Also, Dwayne Johnson is not playing either GL or MM – it’s been announced that he’ll be playing Black Adam in New Line’s production of SHAZAM!.
Do you think they'll give Jared Leto's Joker a classic look, or should we expect the unexpected? Thanks Jett!
JETT SAYS: Well Adam, we certainly got a “Classic Joker” in 1989 when Jack Nicholson portrayed the character in BATMAN. In THE DARK KNIGHT (2008), Chris Nolan and Heath Ledger gave us something different, but still “The Joker” nonetheless. If I had to try to guess, I’d say that David Ayer will put their own spin on the character, but ultimately, the Leto-Joker will be “The Joker.” Aesthetically, we know that Leto is gaining weight to play The Joke in SUICIDE SQUAD, so expect a Joker that’s a bit jacked-up, not fat.
What title would you personally choose for the Batman-Superman movie without teasing the Justice League team-up film? And if you had to tease the JL team-up, how would you do it without using a subtitle? As always, you dedication and effort is much appreciated!
JETT SAYS: I wouldn’t have used the “Dawn of Justice” subtitle and simply called the film BATMAN v SUPERMAN. Everyone knows that a Justice League movie is coming, so I think the subtitle is unneeded promotion.
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