The Happy Spring Break 2016 BOF Mailbag!
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: March 12, 2016

Happy Spring Break 2016 and welcome to the latest installment of the BOF Mailbag!

Thanks for all the questions and keep them coming via EMAIL, BOF's FACEBOOK PAGE, or on BOF's TWITTER.

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

Now, let's get started...

JETT SAYS: Absolutely. I’m sure that they’ll address the death of that Robin in Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film whether it’s set after BATMAN v SUPERMAN, a prequel, or both by using a non-liner timeline/flashbacks.

The Metropolis vs, Gotham college football footage – did that survive to be included in the film? And are there any plans for BOF T-shirts and gear?

JETT SAYS: Alex, I had heard LONG ago that that stuff had been cut out of the film – but I’ve got no concrete evidence to back it up. We’ll see soon enough though! And in regards to BOF T-shirts, caps, gear, etc., Rick Shew is currently working on it…stay tuned!

Assuming your theory about an army of Bizarro Superman clones is true, how does the Trinity realistically defeat them AND Doomsday?

JETT SAYS: First of all Stephen, it is a movie, so anything is possible. I don’t think it’s an entire army of Bizzaros/Superman clones. I believe Lex likely only produces one during the course of the film. I have a theory – that I shall keep to myself – about exactly when we’ll see Bizzaro and Doomsday in the film – it’s an “educated guess” based on from something Zack Snyder said in that recent ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY article.

As far as how Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman will defeat all the foes in BvS, I’m quite sure The Dark Knight will come up with a brilliant tactical plan for Clark and Diana to carry out successfully. ;)

When do you get to see the movie? And, when is the review embargo lifted?

JETT SAYS: Eric, I shall be seeing BvS in less than a week brother. In addition to my written review, Mark Hughes and I are recording a podcast right after we see it at the press screening in LA. However, both my review and the podcast will not be dropped until the embargo is lifted. If I had to guess, that’ll probably be on the 21st of March – and that’s just a, um, guess.

Bill, I heard on the latest BOF PODCAST that you’re working with Warner Bros. to host a BvS sweepstakes. What are the prizes and when does it start? (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: First of all dude, thanks for listening to the “New and Very Improved” Batman on Film Podcast – much appreciated! Randy, it’s good to go and will commence on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6AM Central. As far as the prizes are concerned, I can’t reveal them now, but they’re a good mix of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman with a total value of more than $1 and less than $1 million!

Jett, I haven't read the EW article from last week and I'm definitely avoiding BvS spoilers (I don't know who Jenna Malone is playing yet, and I don't want to know until I see it for myself in the R-rated cut). Would reading that article really be a bad idea this close to release? I know you said it was a bit too spoilerish. (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Verne, if you have not read it, brother, DO NOT DO SO! In fact, if you’re reading this now and have yet to read it, follow the advice I just gave our friend Verne! You can hold out…only 2 weeks to go y’all! #BeStrong

Did you see the latest CIVIL WAR trailer? Very ironic that the motivation driving Bruce to take down Superman in BvS – i.e. the collateral damage and death of civilians, seems to be the same motivational driving point behind what kicks off the Cap vs. Iron Man plot of said CIVIL WAR film no?

JETT SAYS: Ironic, yes. Deliberately, I think not. Surely, Marvel/Disney wouldn’t duplicate a major plot line from a DC superhero film – especially one that’s going to be released over a month before of one of their own. I think it’s just pure happenstance. It’s going to be interesting to see if the mainstream audience who will see both films accuses CIVIL WAR of “ripping off” BATMAN v SUPERMAN. We know that isn’t the case, but I bet some people most certainly will make that accusation. With that said, I thought the new Spider-Man (As a kid, the only Marvel comics I read were those with Spidey and The Hulk) looked, well, like Spider-Man. They went with a Steve Ditko aesthetic, no?

Wasn't the decision of having an older Batman a little short-sighted? What I mean is, if Warner Bros. wants to launch a shared universe, wouldn’t it be better to, for the sake of longevity, start it with younger Batman?

JETT SAYS: Mauricio, not really – but I get where you are coming from. I think there are many reasons – mostly creative – that Zack Snyder wanted Batman/Bruce Wayne to be older in not only BATMAN v SUPERMAN, but within the DCEU as well. Even though he’s about to be 44, Ben Affleck can realistically play the character of Batman for another decade; perhaps even longer. Furthermore, he can also portray a younger, in-his-prime Batman if indeed Affleck’s solo Batman film is a prequel or features flashbacks. When it’s all said and done, I believe Ben Affleck will end up being cinema’s longest-tenured Batman.

If you had to choose either Michael Keaton or Christian Bale to reprise their role playing an older Bruce Wayne which one would you pick?

JETT SAYS: Gabe, that’s an easy one: Keaton. While I believe that Christian Bale is the greatest Batman – and Bruce Wayne – on film to date, I do not, ever, want the story of THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY to be retroactively altered in any way. And if Bale came back – even as an older Batman – that’s what would happen.

With all that said, I don’t think either MK or CB will ever suit up in the cape or cowl again – though I could see Keaton as the aged Bruce Wayne in an adaptation of BATMAN BEYOND. (Though if that ever happens, I suspect it’ll exist within the DCEU and not the Burtonverse.)

Can you believe we are this close of seeing the film? What Batman film were you most anxious to see?

JETT SAYS: Brother, ‘tis the way it goes with Batman on film. Remember how we “couldn’t wait to see” BATMAN BEGINS? That was over a decade ago now! Same goes for ALL previous Batman films – yes, even BATMAN & ROBIN!

As far as which Batman film was I most anxious to see, that would be BATMAN BEGINS hands down. That film was the culmination of and exemplified why I started BOF back in 1998. Man, I love that movie so much! In fact, right after I finish this mailbag, I’m going to watch it!

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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