The Memorial Day '17 BOF Mailbag!
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: May 28, 2017

It's another U.S. holiday, so you know what that means, right? A BOF MAILBAG!

Below you'll find the Memorial Day 2017 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. 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!

And please, remember what Memorial Day is all about and let's pay honor to all of those who gave their lives serving their country. Now, let's get started...

Bill, that latest podcast where you guys paid respect to Zack Snyder and his family was not only well done, but extremely touching. You, Rick, Ryan and Justin are class acts. I just wanted to tell you all that.

JETT SAYS: Thank you Mike. I’m very proud of this podcast. If you’ve yet to listen, check it out below.

You've mentioned in a few podcasts recently that BATMAN FOREVER was a soft reboot of the Burton films. I agree, but what I can't decide is whether Val Kilmer (and George Clooney after) is the same Batman, and did the events of BATMAN '89 and BATMAN RETURNS happen to him? What are your thoughts on the matter?

JETT SAYS: Interesting question Matthew! While I do believe that FOREVER was a soft reboot of the Batman film series, it’s resides within the same universe as B89 and RETURNS. The “reboot” was in tone and aesthetic, not continuity.


Same Batman, 3 Different Actors!

So yes, the events of the previous two films helmed by Tim Burton did happen to Val Kilmer’s Batman in FOREVER and George Clooney’s Batman in B&R. Chase Meridian even refers to Catwoman in FOREVER (“You like strong women. I've done my homework. Or do I need skin-tight vinyl and a whip?”). Furthermore, if the “Red Diary” subplot had not been gutted significantly in FOREVER, its ties to the previous two films would’ve been more evident. Basically, FOREVER was meant to be a redemption story for Batman for his previous murderous ways.

JETT SAYS: Maybe – but I don’t know what that would be. Chris Nolan and David Goyer have said that BATMAN BEGINS was always going to be the title to the film. Also, the titles to Nolan’s Batman films represent the theme of each of those movies. Batman did “begin” in BATMAN BEGINS, so it works for me.

How do you think Warner Bros. has handled the marketing campaign on WONDER WOMAN versus that of the previous two DCEU films? I found it a lot more traditional, and a lot less “Here is the entire movie!”

JETT SAYS: Dan, I agree with you 100%. I thought they were very subtle in their marketing for WONDER WOMAN – it reminded me a lot of the marketing for BATMAN BEGINS twelve years ago (and I can’t believe it’s been that long ago). I know that there were some complaints about the marketing for the film earlier in the year (I was even surprised that I didn’t see any WW posters in couple of theaters I was in back in March), but I think all that was much to do about nothing.

Couple of questions...

1) Do you think there's any chance the JUSTICE LEAGUE release date is pushed back into 2018 to give Whedon more time to "save" the movie?

2) Are you still 50/50 on Affleck returning, or leaning a little more one way or another now that things seem to have calmed down with THE BATMAN?

JETT SAYS: 1) No – that would be a PR nightmare. But I will say that with only 1 DCEU film coming out in 2018, I wouldn’t be shocked if they moved it to 2018.

2 Yes – but I think he’s ultimately going to do it. Maybe that’s really what I want to believe. Honestly, we’re going to have to wait and see what director Matt Reeves wants to do.

With Joss Whedon finishing JUSTICE LEAGUE as diretor, and seemingly had a big part in the reshoots, is the studio becoming more confident in the product? And with his success on THE AVENGERS will they use his name to create consumer confidence with regards to advertising?

JETT SAYS: Paul, we’re going to be talking about Joss Whedon and JUSTICE LEAGUE on the next BOF podcast, so I’m going to answer this question during that show. But let me say that Joss Whedon did not have anything to do with any previous reshoots and script changes/re-writes (which were done during principle photography) based on what I know. Whedon came aboard early in post-production. For the rest, you’ll have to listen to the next podcast sir!

With the DCEU now doing more director-driven films, are there plans for Henry Cavill to return in a MAN OF STEEL sequel?

JETT SAYS: I hope so. I think it would be a complete waste if Henry Cavill doesn’t get the chance to play Superman in another solo Superman film – a complete waste. Keep in mind David that BATMAN v SUPERMAN was indeed a director-driven film. The only DCEU films that are not are SUICIDE SQUAD (David Ayer was rushed by WB and they changed the film significantly) and of course, the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE movie.

Jett, just wanted to say that the podcasts have been great! You and the guys are doing a hell of a job! (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Thank you very much James for the nice words! I’ve got to give credit where credit is due: I got the best bunch of guys working with me on BOF. In fact, they’re the best dudes – the most loyal guys – I’ve ever had with me on the site. So thanks to Justin Kowalski, Ryan Hoss and Rick Shew – I VERY MUCH appreciate all they do for BOF! Also, all the currently contributors are great – and loyal – as well. So, thanks also to John Bierly, Chris Clow, and Robert Reineke – all three of these guys have been with me for years. I’d also like to thank Ryan Lower, Peter Verra and Ricky Church for their contributions as well.

BOF is the best it’s ever been and it’s because of all those guys – please tell them thanks in the comments section below! And did I mention how LOYAL they are?

Do you think we'll see a new Batman trilogy, much like THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY, except this time, a trilogy based on Scott Snyder's Batman stories? I would especially love to see a series of new live-action Batman movies based on Scott Snyder's Batman!

JETT SAYS: Gregory, no one loves Scott Snyder’s Batman stuff as much as me – I’m a HUGE fan and he just may be my favorite Batman writer of all-time. But, I’m not big on comic book movies that are adaptations. I prefer the “inspired by” route. Thus, it wouldn’t bother me in the least of some of Scott Snyder’s stuff was used in future Batman movies – The Court of Owls for example.

As far as a new trilogy ala THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY? I don’t see it happening with Ben Affleck as Batman. I just honestly don’t think Affleck will play Batman for another decade-plus. If Matt Reeves’ plan is indeed to make a Batman film trilogy, then they recast the role. And I would say that it would be best to do it now for THE BATMAN. Of course, you can do this and not mess with continuity by doing prequels instead of films set after the events of BvS and JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Any news of a LEGO BATMAN MOVIE sequel? If not news, do you think they'll make one based on box office, toy sales, etc.? (via EMAIL)

JETT SAYS: Andrew, I’m sure that Warner Bros. considers THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE a success – though I suspect that they wanted a $200 million domestic box office run. (It made $175+ million domestic and $310+ million worldwide – that’s a success.) Thus, it’s very possible – even likely – that there will be a LEGO BATMAN MOVIE 2 in the near future. The only thing is, how do you top it? I mean, it’s a love letter to Batman and they threw everything and the kitchen sink into it.

If it is true that Whedom was working on JUSTICE LEAGUE before Snyder's family tragedy in March, doesn't this mean that Whedom's task is actually to salvage the film rather than help Snyder finish it? Given that Snyder and Whedon have very different styles, don't you think this will hurt the final product even more rather than fixing anything?

JETT SAYS: Mauricio, I’m not blowing off this question, but again, I’m going to be discussing Whedon and JL in depth on the next podcast, so stay tuned sir! I will say this: I don’t care how many rewrites and re-hoots there are, if it makes for a good film, it’s OK by me. More to come...

Bill, suppose JUSTICE LEAGUE is a success. Given the fact that the fans have gave Mr. Snyder such a hard time in the past, will the fans say that Whedon is the reason the movie turned out good, and ignore Snyder's contributions? Also the best (only) good thing about SUICIDE SQUAD was Margot Robbie as Harley. Any news about GOTHAM CITY SIRENS at this time?

JETT SAYS: Glen, great question. Frankly (and sadly), I think Zack is in a no-win situation. If JL is a success, folks will say it was because of Joss Whedon. If it bombs, they’ll blame Zack. It sucks, but it’s just the truth of the matter. I hope that Zack takes part in the film’s publicity this fall because I want a chance to chat with him and tell him thanks for all his efforts. I may not have liked everything he did with in his DCEU films, but I have no doubt that he cares about these characters and I respect the hell out of him for that.

Any chance of JUSTICE LEAGUE surprising us and being a huge success (critically and commercially)? Love the DCEU overall, but at the same time have had issues with each film.

JETT SAYS: Absolutely. I truly hope it’s a huge success. We shall see soon enough.

If the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE movie is a success, will Ben Affleck and Zack Snyder come back for more DC movies?

JETT SAYS: Tan, as of now, Ben Affleck is supposed to do THE BATMAN, and I don’t think his involvement in that film hinges on JUSTICE LEAGUE’s performance. As far as Mr. Snyder, no, I do not think he’ll direct another DCEU film. However, I do think it’s likely he’ll get an executive producer credit going forward.

Is Batman a true story?

JETT SAYS: Yes – as true as FARGO. (And I stole that brilliant answer from BOF’er Dan Wilson!)

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...

THE BATMAN!

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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