The December/Christmas '16 & New Year '17 BOF Mailbag!
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: December 26, 2016

Happy Holidays 2016!

Below you'll 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. FYI: We answered A LOT of reader's questions in the latest BOF PODCAST, so check it out below.

Also, please post your thoughts, feedback, and opinion in the COMMENTS SECTION below.

Thanks for reading mailbag and listening to the podcast! Now, let's get started!

JETT SAYS: Sir, I believe that Ben Affleck has carte blanche on his solo Batman film. With that said, I don’t suspect that the look of Gotham will change all that much from the little we’ve seen of it in BATMAN v SUPERMAN. I’m sure he’ll shoot most of it “for real” and avoid CGI unless when it’s absolutely needed. I also believe (know) that Ben Affleck had a big part when it came to building the world of his cinematic Batman that was introduced in BvS – and that includes the aesthetic and backstory of not only Batman, but everything “Batman” – you know what I’m sayin’?

Do you think a “Gotham Central” film would work. I'd love to see a movie based around the Gotham City Police Department.

JETT SAYS: David, I don’t know. I think it could’ve worked really well on TV, but then we got GOTHAM (which is unwatchable to me).

If you’re saying do something like THE FRENCH CONNECTION, TRAINING DAY, SERPICO or maybe even SE7EN set in Gotham, maybe…maybe.

The problem, I think, would be that people would expect Batman to show up – or the studio/filmmaker would be too tempted to include him. Once you do, it becomes a film about Batman and not the GCPD.

This was an interesting question sir. The “trick,” if you will, would be to not focus on Batman and the fact it was a DC/comic book-based film, and just make a crime/police thriller that just so happens to be set in Gotham City.

But isn’t that what THE DARK KNIGHT was?

Do you think will ever see Jared Leto’s Joker again?

JETT SAYS: Billy, you don’t hire an actor of the caliber of Jared Leto to play The Joker unless you plan to use him again in the future – not for just a glorified cameo in SUICIDE SQUAD .

At some point, we’ll see him go up against Ben Affleck’s Batman – no doubt about it.

With the DCEU becoming more Batman-centric, the possibility of more than just one solo Batfleck movie is pretty decent, right? I can’t imagine he doesn’t direct a solo outing with Jared Leto’s Joker as the primary villain.

JETT SAYS: Jeremy, check out my answer to Billy’s question above. But yes, I think there will be more than one solo Batfleck Batflick sir.

JETT SAYS: My friend Lee Bermejo’s BATMAN: NOEL and “Christmas With The Joker” from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

With the announcement of the fast-tracking of GOTHAM CITY SIRENS, and filming of THE BATMAN to begin in Spring of 2017, how important is the location and visual continuity of Gotham City in these films going to be for both casual and loyal fans going to be? If WB's intention is to create what is essentially the BEU (nod to you), then isn't it important that their shared world, shared? Gotham City is a key character in the Batman universe, do you and your team see this as an important part of the BEU film-scape? (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Hey Christopher, thanks for emailing in, and this is a great question! I would say that SIRES director David Ayer will conference with Ben Affleck and they’ll make sure the Gotham we see in both films are the same Gotham aesthetically. I’m going to bring this up to the guys on the BOF PODCAST and get their thoughts.

What do you think of BATMAN: NOEL?

JETT SAYS: Lee Bermejo is my boy! Love that story sir!

Hello Jett, longtime follower of BoF (I think 2003), but first time question for your mailbag: Do you think Ben Affleck will have a say in the casting for Poison Ivy and Catwoman in GOTHAM CITY SIRENS? (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Thanks for the question Timo – this is a good one as well. Yes, I think Ben Affleck will have a bit of a say in the casting of Ivy and Selina Kyle. Affleck is basically the boss of Batman on film at Warner Bros., if you will, so I suspect both the studio and David Ayer will want his input – you never know if one of those characters will show up in a Ben Affleck Batman movie.

Seeing Michael Keaton in the SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING trailer got me thinking: how would you feel if Christian Bale took a part in a Marvel movie? Note: I'm not asking do you think this could or would happen, just wondering how you'd feel about it. (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Joseph, that sort of stuff doesn’t really bother me. But I’ll admit, Christian Bale doing a Marvel film, like RIGHT NOW – so soon after his run as Batman – probably wouldn’t sit right with me just a tad.

Do you think it's a good idea that Warner Bros. are making CU movies that are not singular hero movies, but more like hybrid films – i.e. BATMAN v SUPERMAN, GOTHAM CITY SIRENS, etc.?

JETT SAYS: Hmm…I think it’s a good idea as long as the films are good. Instead of solo films for The Flash and Cyborg, I could see WB/DC Films teaming them up for a movie in the future. I believe there will always be solo Batman films, and time will tell if we’ll get sequels to WONDER WOMAN, AQUAMAN, and even MAN OF STEEL.

If CATWOMAN had been a good movie, would female superhero movies be in a better position than they are now?

JETT SAYS: Probably – but it would’ve had to have been a box office success as well. But yeah, I’m sure CATWOMAN scared off studios from producing comic book films with female leads. Marvel’s ELECTRA didn’t help either. Hope that’s changing now with WONDER WOMAN and GOTHAM CITY SIRENS.

What's your favorite Batman Christmas-themed anything (movie, TV episode, comic, game, etc.)?

JETT SAYS: “Christmas With The Joker” from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and the graphic novel BATMAN: NOEL.

Robert Richardson was Ben Affleck's DP on LIVE BY NIGHT. Will he come on board THE BATMAN as well? Thanks!

JETT SAYS: He’d be a good get for THE BATMAN for sure. He doesn’t have a history of working with Ben Affleck other than LIVE BY NIGHT, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

How many movies did Ben Affleck signed up for in the DCEU?

JETT SAYS: Not counting cameos, I believe it was three: BATMAN v SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, and a JUSTICE LEAGUE sequel. I believe him signing up to direct, write, produce and star in THE BATMAN was a separate deal. I’m also not sure if he’s still on the hook to do the JL sequel – when and IF it’s ever made. It’ll be interesting to see if indeed Affleck plays Batman again after his solo Batman film.

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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