The Thanksgiving 2017 BOF Mailbag!
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: November 25, 2017

Welcome to the Thanksgiving (weekend) 2017 BOF Mailbag!

Thanks to you all for the questions -- I tried to get to as many as possible -- and please keep them coming via EMAIL, BOF's FACEBOOK PAGE, or on BOF's TWITTER.

Post your thoughts, feedback, and opinion in the COMMENTS SECTION below. Oh yeah...

Check out our first (official) BOF Vlog/Vodcast below. Rick Shew and I discuss the JL box office, DC on film going forward, and the future of Batfleck.

If WB decides to scrap LADCOF and reboot Batman with the Matt Reeves movie, is there a chance it gets pushed back 3-5 years, so that audiences won't be as indifferent to it as they have been with JUSTICE LEAGUE/Batfleck?

JETT SAYS: Jorge, great question. First of all, I need to explain “LADCOF” for those who are still unaware of this brilliant acronym, LADCOFF = “Live Action DC On Film.”

Got it? OK, now I’ll answer the question at hand…

It would not be a bad idea to give Batman on film some breathing room. With that said, I think Reeves’ THE BATMAN hits theaters in 2020 at the earliest, so we’re probably looking at a 3 to 5 year break anyway.

JETT SAYS: For MAN OF STEEL? Probably not. If I had to guess, I’d say that Chris regrets the route Warner Bros. took after MOS : turning the planned Superman sequel into a 2.5 hour commercial for a Justice League film starring Batman. Look where that decision got them.

If…IF…THE BATMAN ends up being a reboot (and I’m of the mind now that believes it should be), there is definitely some positives in “delaying” the film a few years. The last thing we need is a case of “Batman fatigue,” if you will. With that said, I don’t think we’re getting Reeves’ film ‘til 2020 at the earliest anyway. Thus, believe we’re already looking at a 3 to 5 year gap between the end of Batfleck in JUSTICE LEAGUE and a new Batman (and possible continuity) in Reeves’ THE BATMAN.

Are there any scenarios you can think of where Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher reprise their roles in future movies? And if so, what would you put the odds of each scenario at? Say what you will about Zack Snyder, but his casting has been close to perfect. It will be disheartening and a damn shame if Henry Cavill doesn't get a proper Superman movie.

JETT SAYS: Mike, I can think of man “scenarios” where those guys come back. I’m personally rooting for solo films for Cyborg (Fisher), The Flash (Miller), and, of course, Superman (Cavill). If Henry is contracted for one more appearance as Superman (which means nothing – WB doesn’t HAVE to use him again as Supes in a movie), then my friends at Warner Bros. would be F’n remiss if they didn’t give this dude a proper Superman movie, dammit.

With all that said dude, I’m not sure that we’ll see any of the return. Time will tell.

JETT SAYS: I believe that Mr. Reeves is going to do exactly what he wants to do in terms of casting for THE BATMAN. If he wants to set his film(s) in this current DC shared universe continuity, then, yeah, those two dudes will be back. If he wants to wipe the slate completely clean and start totally anew, they won’t. At this point, I’m 100% down for a reboot and fresh start for Batman on film.

As far as Jared Leto’s Joker, I never had a problem with the aesthetic or performance myself. However, I think “redesigning” his Joker is a moot point because I believe he’s not returning in the role anyway.

JUSTICE LEAGUE was originally planned as two movies. From what I understand/remember, the first part was to feature Steppenwolf as a throwaway villain because the movie's main focus was to introduce Flash/Cyborg/Aquaman, bring back Superman, and get them all together as a team. Presumably, part 2 would have [featured] the ultimate battle against Darkseid. The two-part plan was scrapped shortly after the release of BvS, presumably either before JL began filming, or very shortly into production.

Assuming that the above is all correct, did Terrio or Snyder make any changes whatsoever so that this would work as a standalone movie? Nearly everything I have seen and inferred, from the bland villain to the [filmed but cut] focus on the individuals' backstories over the [later added by Whedon] focus on team dynamics, implies that Snyder continued to operate under the full belief that JL would be a 2-parter. Didn't any of the producers try to rein him in before this became a studio concern?

JETT SAYS: Dainen, I’m going to have to tiptoe around in answering your question for what should be obvious reasons sir, I’m sorry. I’ll say this: Yes, JUSTICE LEAGUE was originally supposed to be, and F’n announced, as a 2-part movie. That plan was scrapped during the BvS fallout. Regardless, that’s really the only thing that was changed, and JL was definitely filmed with ZS’s vision by ZS, despite a bit of course-correction done prior to the start of – and during – principle photography.

It wasn’t until that vision/cut was shown to WB that led to JW coming onboard and the most significant changes were made to the movie. A new director, composer, and 3 months of reshoots later, we got what we got.

JETT SAYS: Abso-F’n-lutely sir. Just make the best film possible – one at a time – and sequels will take care of themselves.

We know that we’re getting AQUAMAN, WONDER WOMAN 2, and Matt Reeves' Batman film. Assuming we get one film a year (which I think is better anyway), will we see WB come back to Superman? The earliest would be 2021, which would give them time to regroup and rethink their strategy. Thoughts?

JETT SAYS: Matthew, yes, WB will indeed come back to Superman on film. In fact, I think they legally have to. When that’ll be, I have no idea. I still think it would be a GD shame if Henry Cavill isn’t featured in a F’n proper sequel to MAN OF STEEL. Cavill and his Superman are the biggest casualties of this mess.

JETT SAYS: Sheesh…who knows? It definitely needs it – but I don’t know if Warner Bros. will want to spend the money it would take to do that sir. They spent enough on this thing already and it’s probably going to lose money.

In the Brian Michael Bendis to DC announcement earlier this month, it was said that he would have a multi-year, multifaceted role with DC. Do you think we could see a great improvement on the movie side if Geoff Johns brings him on board (which I think he is)? Also do you believe going forward, Zack Snyder and his wife will only be producers, or completely off DC movies?

JETT SAYS: Christian, I really have no idea about the whole Bendis thing dude. Thus, I’m not willing to give out my uneducated opinion on it sir.

As far as Mr. Snyder and his wife’s DC on film future? Well, the answer to that is rather obvious.

JETT SAYS: Bro, I have NO idea why that scene was included – apparently at the last minute – in JUSTICE LEAGUE…SMH.

Are you excited for the future of I know this will sound mean/messed up but BOF hasn't had a real mission/purpose for about a decade. Obviously no lobbying efforts would've influenced these current DC films and no lobbying was needed throughout THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY days. Now with the low box office and low critical reception taking you back you 1998, does BOF feel like it has purpose again?

JETT SAYS: “Excited” isn’t the word to use to describe where I’m at with the future of this site sir. Yes, I am that, but “F’n INSPIRED” is probably better.

Lots of folks were not around back in the day when BOF just started out. But now, they’re going to see exactly why I founded BOF (7 months shy of) 20 years ago dammit!

It’s the end of March, 2016. You’re WB. Assuming you can’t completely scrap JL (which I know would be your choice) do you A.) step in and rewrite and interfere with the JL script and production like they did, ensuring massive rewrites and reshoots and a rushed, choppy, practically unfinished final product like we got, or B.) let Snyder finish his story the way he planned and at least wind up with something coherent and watchable. You now know JL is a bomb either way. Which movie would you rather end up with when all is said and done? A true final installment to Snyder’s story or what we got?

JETT SAYS: Man, this is one hell of an interesting question/scenario dude. In hindsight, I’m probably letting Mr. Snyder finish the film in his vision and not bringing Mr. Whedon in to do rewrites and direct. The only mandate would be that his JL ends with a nice bow on top. Then I’m going to sit back, watch the MF’er burn to the ground, and do what they’re doing now: focus on solo films and not worry about a shared universe.

Jett - Although JUSTICE LEAGUE was is, in my view, a fairly forgettable movie, I do wonder if it's post credit scene showed us something about how DC wants to set up a second JL movie. Specifically, I'm referring to the Legion of Doom post credits scene. Rather than go right to Darkseid for any sequel (and I know you've reported that, at present, LL2 is not really much of a thing) might they not do a reverse-Avengers set up in their individual superhero films. So each movie - Flash, Aquaman, WW 2, The Batman, MoS 2 (I hope, I hope) - will introduce new villains and it will be those villains who form an “Injustice League.” So basically, rather than building up a roster of heroes to be brought together later in a team movie (unnecessary now that they have done JL) they will build the villains and that will be the thing that drives a second JL movie down the road. Could that be the plan?

JETT SAYS: I think they inserted that scene you’re referencing at the last minute (and it was – it was not in the JW script or in the very first screenings) just in case JL was a success. Now that we know it’s not, I don’t believe anything is going to come out of it. There’s just no way they attempt a sequel anytime soon after the way JL was received.

JETT SAYS: OK Ryan, I’ll play – but with MY rules here! Thus, I’m at the table, OK? So, joining me would be Announcer Rachel, Selina Kyle, Evel Knievel, Roger Staubach, Elvis Presley, Col. Steve Austin (the “Six Million Dollar Man,” not the wrestler), President Abraham Lincoln, and Gene Simmons for KISS. Take that for what you will.

A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
is the founder of BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM.

His passions are Dallas Cowboys Football, Elvis, Rock-N-Roll, cold beer,
dive bars, the city of Austin (Texas),
The University of Texas Longhorns, AND...


He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS
with his lovely Minnesotan wife,
his youngest son (who is now taller and heavier than his dad), and 1.5 Boston Terriers.

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