The "Mother's Day 2015" BOF Mailbag
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
May 10, 2015

"Happy Mother's Day!"

I want to say "HMD" to my late Mother who essentially made me a Batman fan. She bought me all the comic books I wanted off those comic book racks whenever we went into a corner convenience store. She made me my first Batman costume when I was 3 and took me to see Burt Ward – in full Robin gear – at a Woolco Department Store (think 1970s version of Wal-Mart) – and get his autograph (while I wore the aforementioned homemade Bat-suit).

When I become a man and still loved Batman, she was one of my biggest supporters. She was very proud of my Batman fandom and BOF. Whenever I think of Batman (which is every damn day), I think of her as well.

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.

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


Me and my Mom, c. November 1983

There have been people saying that the photo we saw of Jared Leto as The Joker wasn't really the look that he will sport on film, and the look was conceived solely for the Joker 75th anniversary. Is there any truth to this, or is it just another silly rumor?

JETT SAYS: Who are these “people” who said this? Never mind, I know exactly who they are and they are WRONG. Hell, I wouldn’t even call it a rumor as it’s nothing more than fanboy fan fiction. Whoever started this nonsense is a flat-out liar and simply made it up.

I know it's not DC, but how do you feel about the reactions on Twitter towards Joss Whedon and his treatment of Black Widow?

JETT SAYS: Well, I don’t have any thoughts on it as I don’t know this was an issue. Someone enlighten me in the comments down below. I do however have an opinion on Joss Whedon’s THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: “Meh.” I liked the first one better and I’d give this one a C+.

From the mixed reactions to the BATMAN v SUEPRMAN trailer, the Joker reveal and the SUICIDE SQUAD cast pic reveal, how much do you think is genuine and how much just fanboys wanting to crap on DC at the moment?

JETT SAYS: Jaime, I believe a lot – if not most – of the negativity over all these things comes from the “screaming loudest” segment of fandom. It’s not cool to like anything, don’t you know that? With that said, I don’t have an issue with someone who genuinely doesn’t like something and profess their displeasure in a rational manner. My advice Jaime – and I know it’s hard, trust me – but just ignore the fanboy nonsense. And keep in mind that no matter how much they “hate” BvS, the Leto-Joker, and/or the cast of SUICIDE SQUAD, all of them will have their asses in a theater seat the day these films open.

JETT SAYS: I’m not sure. I think Will Smith and Deadshot will be the featured character. However, I do think Leto’s Joker will have a significant role in the film. And speaking of The Joker in SUICIDE SQUAD, it looks to me as if David Ayer is making it clear that The Joker is not part of the team. Anyone notice that Leto hasn’t been in any official cast pic yet? I think that’s on purpose and sending out a subtle message: The Joker doesn’t play well with others.

Is Hans Zimmer scoring SUICIDE SQUAD? Thanks!

JETT SAYS: Oliver, I don’t know for sure, but I’d say that he is not.

Last week we heard what your favorite superhero movies (non-Batman) were. What are your 5 worst superhero movies (non-Batman)?

JETT SAYS: Hmm…I’m not sure. Off the top of my head, here are some that I didn’t like: SUPERMAN III, SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE, IRON MAN 2, SPIDER-MAN 3, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, both FANTASTIC FOUR films, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and THE PUNISHER: WAR ZONE.

Do you reckon SUICIDE SQUAD will have a killer soundtrack featuring 30 Seconds to Mars, Common, and Will Smith?

JETT SAYS: HA! One can wish, right Travis?

Harley Quinn color preference: red/black or red/blue?

JETT SAYS: Josh, I guess I like the blue/red combo best myself. I’m also not a fan of the jester outfit and I’m glad that’s been ditched for the character in most mediums.

Does it really matter whose Robin suit is hanging in the cave? Dick Grayson's, Jason Todd's, or Carrie Kelly's?

JETT SAYS: Not really – but I think if it’s Dick Grayson and he’s the Robin who was killed by The Joker, it would have a more emotional impact on the audience as he is the Robin that’s the most well-known.

Bill, since the BATMAN v SUPERMAN cast will be at Comic Con in July, as will possibly the SUICIDE SQUAD cast, do you think we will get any news on upcoming films, like the solo Bat-film? Also do you think Chris Terrio has begun working on JUSTICE LEAGUE?

JETT SAYS: Well first of all Glen, nothing’s been announced by Warner Bros. in regards to San Diego Comic Con 2015. Frankly, we’re all just assuming that both casts will be there (and I personally think they will). So if we assume that both casts are there, I think that WB will shine the spotlight on those two films and nothing else. And as far as Terrio’s progress on JUSTICE LEAGUE, I’d say that I’m sure that he, Zack Snyder, David Goyer, and Ben Affleck have at least come up with a rough story outline.

I stopped watching GOTHAM because I just couldn't take it anymore. Do you think it's worth finishing the for people who weren't thrilled with the first part of the season?

JETT SAYS: Gabe, I’m the wrong person to ask as I haven’t watched one single episode since the mid-season break. Honestly, I’m just not a big fan of it at all and I’m not sure I even like it. That’s pretty telling coming from a life-long Batman fan. I listen to Howard Stern and Robin Quivers rave over it on Howard’s show, and I’m like, “WTF are y’all watching?!” I’m totally hooked on THE FLASH, I ZOMBIE, and (fingers crossed it comes back) CONSTANTINE, but I just ain’t digging GOTHAM. As far as a recommendation whether to watch the second half of season one, you can check out BOF’s reviews of GOTHAM by Ricky Church HERE. I’m thinking he’d say no.

Do you think the initial ridiculously negative reactions that certain fans have had to BvS and SUICIDE SQUAD will impact the success of the movies? It seems like the DCCU is up against a lot with always being compared to the MCU?

JETT SAYS: Mike, like I said a few questions back, all these fanboys who are raging against BvS and SUICIDE SQUAD and how much they “suck,” will have their asses in a theater seat at midnight screenings when each are released. And no, their ridiculous rants and the online fits that they pitch over each film will have nothing to do with the film’s success or failure. Keep in mind that neither film is on the radar of the mainstream audience as of yet and they will make up 99% of each’s audience.

As Mark Hamill killed it in THE FLASH as The Trickster, do you think DC missed an opportunity to use him as a live-action Joker despite the ones we have gotten?

JETT SAYS: Josh, just because Mark Hamill is a fine actor and did a great job voicing The Joker in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and other endeavors, that doesn’t mean he’d be good as The Joker in a live-action film. On the other hand, maybe he would’ve been awesome. Either way, Warner Bros. certainly did not miss an opportunity by not having Mr. Hamill play The Joker in a live-action Batman film.

Do you feel that Marvel's decision to move forward with CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR had anything to do with BATMAN v SUPERMAN? Either to steel its thunder or ride it's coat tails? I love Marvel so not trying to bash them. I just think it's unfortunate that these two films have a very similar premise and are releasing right next to each other.

JETT SAYS: Adam, yeah, I think it’s a little ironic that Marvel decided to do a “vs.” comic book film after Warner Bros. announced one first with BATMAN v SUPERMAN. With that said, it’s not like Marvel wants WB’s DC films to flop and vice-versa. The bottom line is that when a comic book/superhero movie is a success, it’s good for the genre overall. From where I stand, I think BvS has the advantage over CIVIL WAR (which to me is basically another Avengers film) because it was announced first and will hit theaters first. Plus, Superman and Batman being on the big screen together for the first time in a live-action film is tremendously more historic and significant that Cap vs. ‘ol Shell Head.

How long is this friggin’ replacement Batman going to last?

JETT SAYS: Nick, I’ll come clean: I knew Gordon was the new Batman. Can’t say how I knew, but I was sworn to secrecy. With that said, all I can say is that I’m pretty sure that this latest Batman comic book gimmick will conclude – i.e. “Bruce Wayne returns as Batman” – right about the time of SUPERMAN v BATMAN next Spring. Coincidence? I think not.

Have you read BATMAN: EARTH ONE, VOL. 2? If so, thoughts? I hope we get a few more volumes from the Johns/Frank team for them to finish their story because I'm loving it!

JETT SAYS: Ryan, I pre-ordered it and it should be in shortly. Once I read it, I’ll provide a full review here on BOF. I did like vol. 1, so I suspect I’ll like this one too…or at least I hope I like it.

Tom Hardy has said he has been working with Warner Bros. on another DC role. What role and movie do you think it is?

JETT SAYS: Chance, I guess you’re referring to Hardy’s recent interview with COLLIDER.COM where he said this…

“I actually got something cooking with Warner Bros. which is also a comic book, it’s a DC thing which is kind of… It’s really good actually, it contains elements of all kinds of stuff. From OCEANS ELEVEN, to Batman, you can get all the wrappers out and it would be a big, really cool, technicolor, PULP FICTION…It’s a psychological f***fest, it’s absolutely awesome. It’s as if you would take TRANSMETROPOLITAN and make it happen, but it’s not that out there, it’s something which is much more real world. It could be like HEAT, it could be f***ing awesome!”

I have no idea what to what he might be referring. Perhaps it’s something from Vertigo? Regardless, I want this to happen because I like Tom Hardy (dude was one of the coolest, um, dudes that I met while doing press for “The Dark Knight Trilogy”) and would love to see him in another comic book/superhero film in the near future. Hell, I’m still bummed that he had to drop out of SUICIDE SQUAD as Rick Flagg.

What did you think of Snyder/Capullo's ZERO YEAR storyline and how do you think it compares to previous origin storylines (YEAR ONE, BATMAN: EARTH ONE)?

JETT SAYS: Jeffery, here’s how I’d rank ‘em…

3) BATMAN: EARTH ONE
2) BATMAN: ZERO YEAR
1) BATMAN: YEAR ONE

I really liked ZERO YEAR, but YEAR ONE is still better. And as far as Batman origin stories, BATMAN BEGINS is right up there even though it’s a film and not a comic book.

When will finally get a true “Batman and Robin” film? One where we can get a true sense of the importance of Grayson's age? I'd love to see a movie really nail the importance of their relationship, and see Bruce struggle to raise a child that is essentially a mirror of himself.

JETT SAYS:Tyler, I’m going to go on a rant here, so I apologize and hope you bear with me…

After BATMAN BEGINS, David Goyer was asked whether or not they (“they” being Chris Nolan) would include Robin in one of their Batman films. Goyer’s response? “Robin is...tricky.”

Indeed.

The issue with including Robin in a “relatively realistic” live-action film is that it’s totally unrealistic to have a child fighting urban street crime and I’m sure that’s what both Goyer and Chris Nolan were thinking; though they did eventually include “Robin” into their cinematic Batman trilogy. (I once pondered in a BOF op-ed if Nolan’s Batman films could be considered “definitive” without including the character of Robin. And of course, they did include their version of Robin in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, so Nolan obviously agreed with my line of thinking and was well aware of the ramifications of not having his Batman have a Robin.)

Tyler, we now have the DCCU whose Batman is in his mid-40s and has been “Batmanning” for 15 to 20 years. Thus, this DCCU Batman (Ben Affleck) must have had a Robin or two along the way. In fact, I know that he did because there’s a Robin costume hanging in Batfleck’s Batcave in BvS! Now the questions are, is this Robin alive or dead? How old is this Robin when he first starting Robining? And to which Robin does/did that suit belong?

I don’t think we’ll find out everything about this Robin in BvS. But perhaps we’ll discover the relationship between the DCCU Batman and this Robin via flashbacks in the solo Batfleck Batflick – which might somewhat satisfy what you’re looking for Tyler.

Full disclosure: I’m not the biggest “Batman and Robin” fan in the world. I also liked how Robin was depicted both BATMAN FOREVER and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Now, I’m definitely not a Robin hater (I had one of my beloved grandmothers make me a homemade Robin costume when I was about 6 - see that pic on the right? That's it!), but I do see how having a child or even a pre-teen Robin being an issue in a live-action.

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


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