The September 13, 2015 BOF Mailbag
AUTHOR: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
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Welcome to the latest edition of the 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...

Was there ever any serious consideration of having Christian Bale back as Batman in BATMAN v SUPERMAN, or were those rumors way back when simply blown out of proportion? I cannot think that given the strong alliance between Bale and Nolan, as well as WB's desire to be in the Nolan business for years to come, that that could ever have been a serious consideration, as intriguing as it sounded. (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Raphael, there was definitely serious consideration on Warner Bros. part, I know that for sure. However, the story that floated online that Chris Nolan was going to head up DC on film for Warner Bros. and Christian Bale would return as Batman was simply BS. I do believe that Chris took a meeting with Warner Bros. and they likely offered him the position, but he declined. Now Bale totally would’ve returned as Batman with one caveat: Nolan would’ve had to be involved as either director or supervising producer. Since that didn’t happen, Bale’s run as the cinematic Batman ended with THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in 2012.

How do you think we (the hardcore BOF’ers) will feel walking out of the theater after BATMAN v SUPERMAN? Will it be more like BATMAN ‘89, BATMAN FOREVER, THE DARK KNIGHT? What?

JETT SAYS: Peter, I don’t think it’s fair to compare or hope to feel just like you did walking out of the theater after first seeing another Batman film. I just want to be pleased with it and feel as if it did the character right. Anything else is gravy on top.

Do you have any idea if the armor that Batman will use in BATMAN v SUPERMAN will be practical or CGI? I ask this because there was armor in display at SDCC ‘15, but in the footage from the trailers it looks CGI. In addition, that thing looks way too bulky and heavy to wear.

JETT SAYS: I don’t know for sure, but I bet it’s probably both depending on the scene and the shot.

I know BOF isn't your day job, so I'm wondering what the process of doing write ups on breaking Batman news is like. Do you get advanced notice from your source[s] at Warner Bros. about upcoming announcements? When unexpected news or rumors break, do you have to write notes for later and post when you get the time?

JETT SAYS: Gabe, since I’m not a “scoop site,” I don’t have the pressure of trying to “outdo” or “scoop” another outlet in the name of website hits and fame. I can’t reveal how and from whom I get my info, but I will say that I’m very well connected and respected by film industry folks (of various sorts, positions, and levels) and by the folks at Warner Bros. All of them know that, one, I don’t want to be spoiled, and two, any info I’m given will not be reported unless I’m allowed. Really, BOF is all about celebrating Batman and politely – as I have done since 1998 – “suggesting” to the powers that be how Batman should be, ahem, “handled” on film.

What do you think of Ares and Circe possibly being the villains in WONDER WOMAN? Also, how do you feel about Sean Bean and Eva Green?

JETT SAYS: Chance, sounds good to me. I think both Eva Green (who is hot) and Sean Bean would be great additions to the WW cast. However, what I’m really looking forward to seeing how the DCEU handles these “gods” – such as Circe and Ares – and how they explain not only them, but Themyscira and an all-female race of super-humans. I still believe my “ancient Kryptonian explorers on Earth” hypothesis is in play! Regardless, I shall both support and cover this film here on BOF.

Now that these DCU heroes exist in a cinematic universe – and I know you are a fan of Batman dealing with Batman issues and staying away from the world of magic, aliens, and super-powered beings – could you see Batman tango with non-Batman DC villain?

JETT SAYS: Dan, not really to be honest. If I’m watching a Batman film, I want to see Batman villains in it. I may be wrong, but what I think you’re suggesting is seeing Batman take on another DC villain in a DC team-up film, yes? If that’s the case – and you suggested The Flash villain Abra Kadabra in your original question – I’d rather the villain be more grounded and not of the magic/alien/super-powered sort. While I’ve thrown my support behind Zack Snyder and the DCEU, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to stop pointing out things that an urban crime-fighter like Batman on film shouldn’t be involved with – namely gods and magic and aliens. I’m still hoping like hell that Darkseid doesn’t show up – which frankly would be an expected and cliché villain to include in either Justice League movie. Be SMARTER than that WB/Snyder/Terrio/Affleck and co.!

In many interviews, Zack Snyder has thrown praise towards Chris Nolan and has even said that the way Nolan handled “The Dark Knight Trilogy” was a HUGE inspiration for the way Snyder’s handling the DCEU. What do you think of this and what Snyder means? (via EMAIL.

JETT SAYS: Jim, I believe Zack is saying two things, actually. One, he’s publicly honoring Chris for delivering the greatest series of comic book-based films to date – “The Dark Knight Trilogy.” Remember, Zack wouldn’t be in the position he’s in with BvS and the primary force behind the DCEU if Chris hadn’t have hired him to direct MAN OF STEEL. Thus, I’m sure he feels professionally indebted to Chris.

Besides paying proper due to C-Nol, he’s acknowledging and letting fans know that Nolan’s belief in having these superhero films take place in the “real world” – or one very close to the world we actually live in – will continue on in the DCEU. Will it be as “realistic” as Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy?” No – but it will be close.

You’ve got two tickets for Super Bowl 50 and the Cowboys are in it. But on the same day, you’ve been invited to a special screening of BATMAN v SUPERMAN to watch it with Synder, Affleck, Nolan, etc. WHAT. DO. YOU. DO?

JETT SAYS: I’d immediately tell Zack Snyder and the rest that they are F’n nuts! Why in the hell would you plan such an event on Super Bowl Sunday?! But if I had to choose, I’d totally go to the Cowboys’ Super Bowl and wouldn’t blink an eye.

If you could have a Batman themed football team, what would make the mascot?

JETT SAYS: Zoloft.

Is Wonder Woman really Jason Todd? I’ve heard rumblings, but not sure.

JETT SAYS: Absolutely.

JETT SAYS: Great Scott! I certainly hope NOT!

I know that Chris Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy” was "your" Batman, but is there anything that you wish would have been different about those movies? For example, were there any villains that didn't make it into any of the three films that you would have liked to have seen, or was there anything in the movies that you wish was executed a little bit differently?

JETT SAYS: Good question. I wouldn’t change much, if anything. However, I think Chris missed an opportunity by not putting Oswald Cobblepott – AKA “The Penguin” – in THE DARK KNIGHT as one of Gotham’s mob bosses. Looking back, I really don’t know why they didn’t do that. Perhaps Chris was too scarred by The Penguin being a sewer-dwelling, black-goo spitting freak as the character was depicted in BATMAN RETURNS.

What is your opinion on Hush and Black Mask? Would you like to see a cinematic version of them? I think their aesthetic would lend itself well to this DCEU.

JETT SAYS: Mike, I’d love to see Black Mask in a live-action film. I think there’s a way to do it where his face isn’t literally a charred black skull. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of the Hush character and I think the HUSH storyline from the comics/graphic novel is tremendously overrated. Paul Dini’s HEART OF HUSH is head and shoulders better.

Donner, Burton, Nolan, and Snyder really set the bar high. Trying to achieve more than just a summer blockbuster and truly trying to make a good film that's more artistic both visually and through storytelling – both in the narrative and in their film’s characters. With Warner Bros. going with this approach as opposed to Marvel Film’s family friendly blockbusters. Do you feel it puts Warner Bros. in a better position to weather the block back of over-saturation of comic book films as Spielberg suggested? The two company's films couldn't be more different.

JETT SAYS: Great question. Yes, I do think that the approach that Warner Bros. is taking with the DCEU (I hate that acronym!) will indeed allow them to “weather the storm,” if you will, when it comes to too many comic book/superhero films. With that said, I hope that both WB and Marvel prove Mr. Spielberg wrong.

Jared Leto and Margot Robbie as The Joker and Harley Quinn, they've gotten the lion's share of the press [for SUICIDE SQUAD]. Does this mean Will Smith as Deadshot has a smaller part than those two? Do you think he will be in one of the solo films?

JETT SAYS: It’s an ensemble film and I’m sure that Will Smith’s role in SUICIDE SQUAD is probably no par with both Leto’s Joker and Robbie’s Harley – though it looks like Harley might be the film’s main character (or the closest to having one).

If Affleck's Batman does all those rumored cameos in the DCEU, can we safely say that the stand-alone films won't be prequels to BATMAN v SUPERMAN?

JETT SAYS: No. For one, I don’t believe Batfleck is going to be in all these solo DCEU films. Secondly, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if WONDER WOMAN and AQUAMAN are set before the events of BvS. Heck, there’s been some rumblings that WW is a period piece.

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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