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Post-RISES Mailbag #3
Author: Jett
August 3, 2012

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“I just read Mark Hughes’ article you posted on BOF. My question is this: Do you agree with him? And if so, doesn’t this go against your ‘Only Bruce Wayne is Batman” stance?”

JETT SAYS: Yes, I agree with Mark 100%. I believe that Bruce Wayne gave John Blake a bag full of “important Batman stuff” via his will -- including the coordinates to The Batcave as we see in RISES -- because Bruce chose him to be his successor.

The idea that he goes on to become “Robin” simply isn’t the case. He was Chris Nolan’s version of Robin in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. While Bruce basically faked his death -- or allowed everyone in the world to think he had died -- he made sure that Gotham would always have a Batman. Keep in mind that the idea of Batman being a symbol of hope and inspiration for the people of Gotham was there in all three films of The Dark Knight Trilogy. As Bruce Wayne said in BATMAN BEGINS, “As a man, I'm flesh and blood I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol…as a symbol…I can be everlasting.”

So yes, I believe that John Blake became The Batman while Bruce finally “made it” and lived happily ever after with Selina Kyle. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending!

One day, John Blake will pass the torch to someone else and then that person will do the same when the time comes, and so on and so on. The Batman, as Bruce intended, will indeed be “everlasting.”

As far as my “Only Bruce Wayne is The Batman” stance, I really don’t have an issue with the idea of Bruce passing the Mantle of The Bat to someone. For example, I’m a big fan of BATMAN BEYOND and have even suggested it being adapted to film as the next cinematic Batman trilogy. I also had no issue with Dick Grayson being Batman for a short time in both the “Prodigy” storyline in the mid-90s and here recently after “BATMAN, R.I.P.” My issue with the latter was the whole Omega Sanction nonsense in FINAL CRISES and the subsequent time-traveling Bruce Wayne in “The Return of Bruce Wayne.” Also, I wouldn’t want Bruce Wayne to be replace permanently as Batman in the comics. In that medium, Batman must always be Bruce Wayne in the DCU proper.

Oh yeah, Jean-Paul Valley sucks.

“Any chance for a CATWOMAN prequel movie starring Anne Hathaway?”

JETT SAYS: Nope. Not. At. All. You’d being jacking with Chris Nolan’s Batman on film universe and that’s something that is off limits -- and that’s a GOOD thing. Let’s just let this great trilogy stand on it’s own folks. We don’t need to retroactively change or add things to this particular universe with sequels and prequels.

And speaking of Catwoman, where are all those “fans” who freaked out over the casting of Anne Hathaway as Selina and continued to flip out when that first publicity still was released last Summer? HA!

“This wasn’t Batman! Batman’s a detective, not a soldier! I want a detective film and not a war movie! Batman doesn’t quit! Bruce Wayne doesn’t care about living a normal life, he only cares about ‘The Mission!’”

JETT SAYS: In response, I shall defer to The Rolling Stones…

Deal with it son...just like I had to back in June of '92!

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