The October 11, 2015 BOF Mailbag
AUTHOR: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
DATE: October 11, 2015

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

With BATMAN v SUEPRMAN viral marketing being revved up in the past week especially at New York Comic Con, any chance we see a new trailer fairly soon?

JETT SAYS: The next trailer – as I’ve been saying – will be dropped in November/December; it’s not coming in October.

With the news out that Warner Bros. has green-lit an animated THE KILLING JOKE that could be rated R, what do you think the odds are of a future live-action Batman that is rated R? Maybe the solo Batfleck gets to do a rated R “Death in the Family?”

JETT SAYS: Despite the fact that James Tucker said Warner Bros./DC Entertainment would allow them to make an R-rated THE KILLING JOKE animated film, it’ll end up being PG-13 – you can take that to the bank. As far as an R-rated live-action Batman film, that’ll never happen either. I really don’t get the desire by some to see an R-rated Batman movie. One, you can get away with a lot with a PG-13 rating nowadays. Secondly, do we really need a Batman film that’s overly violent (blood and gore) and included sex and F-bombs? Those are the only things that would give it an R.

I have a question about Christian Bale's portrayal of Batman. I read somewhere that his voice in the movies was made that way by a voice scrambler in his cowl so no one would recognized his voice and to make it sound menacing. I think it was in a BATMAN BEGINS type of official hardcover book or in an interview with someone that worked on the movie. Do you know if this is true or if you heard/remember this? Thanks!

JETT SAYS: it’s absolutely true. In BATMAN BEGINS: THE VISUAL GUIDE by Scott Beatty, it says, “A microphone concealed in the cowl’s sculptured jaw line allows the bat-ears to double as powerful loudspeakers, so when Batman speaks, everyone listens!” Also, I’m pretty sure that Bale’s Batman voice was altered in post a bit. I’m not sure why this was never explained in BEGINS. Perhaps Chris Nolan thought it didn’t need to be explained or was too much exposition.

What is the “Batman Hall of Fame?”

JETT SAYS: Stay tuned!

Batman vs. Walter White: Who wins?

JETT SAYS: Batman, of course – with the help of Jesse Pinkman.

Is it possible that Zack Snyder is making Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, Jr. as not only a way to shore up the plot, but it could be revealed that then original cloned himself and put his mind into the body to keep himself alive; much like the comics with the similarly red haired Lex Luthor II? Or perhaps it is just one of many nods to the late 80s early 90s comic books Snyder seems to be heavily influenced by?

JETT SAYS: I’ll say this: After I read the FORTUNE MAGAZINE piece on Lex Luthor, Jr., the idea that the original Lex did indeed clone himself (well, cloned his body with his consciousness) and then introduced himself to the world as his son did cross my mind. While I don’t know how I would feel about it if it’s actually the case in BvS, I believe it’s certainly possible. If Lex has the technology to clone a younger body of himself, perhaps this is how he could create a Bizzaro/Doomsday clone of Superman and/or Zod. I think, ultimately, that Lex Jr. kills Lex Sr. and takes over the company. But you never know – and I’ve almost talked myself into liking the Lex-clone thing!

How do you think “Justice League Dark” will coexist with Batman? What would you be looking forward to if there was any cross pollination?

JETT SAYS: I believe that while the “Dark” universe will technically be part of the DCEU, they’ll “separately coexist, if you will. Consequently, I don’t think we’ll see any of the “Dark Universe” heroes mixing it up with Batman. BUT…

If the cinematic Batman did team-up with one of DC’s supernatural characters, I’d like it to be Deadman. Why? Well, only because I’m a fan of the character which I discovered back in the early 1970s in the pages of THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. Ultimately, I really hope this “JDL/Dark Universe” project pans out and become its own little thing – sequels, spinoffs, etc. – within the DCEU.

Do you think Ben Affleck will have free reign on the villains he chooses for his movie/trilogy? Do you hope for flashback or current timeline?

JETT SAYS: I believe that Mr. Affleck will have A LOT of say on the villain(s) that will be in his Batman film(s). As far as the timeline I’d prefer, I’d like to see a film set before BvS when this version of Batman on film was in his prime. Also, I’d love to see one that’s basically this Batman’s last hurrah – a final battle vs. The Joker (Jared Leto).

If you could only have three villains for the Batfleck movies which ones would you want to see? Mine would be Two-Face, The Riddler and The Joker. Wish I had room for Mr. Freeze.

JETT SAYS: Hugo Strange, The Wrath, and, of course, The Joker.

Is it possible that the changes Chris Terrio made to the BvS script affected the SUICIDE SQUAD script, as well as the general direction of the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE films?

JETT SAYS: Oh yes, no doubt. I have so many thoughts about this subject – in particular Chris Nolan’s influence on the DCEU (even though he has nothing to do with it creatively) – that I guess I need to knock out a new op-ed. Stay tuned!

What's your favorite Batmobile? There's nothing off limits here (movies, TV, comics, games) Still loving the site Jett!

JETT SAYS: Hmm…probably the one from the 60s TV series.

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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