The "Memorial Day '14" BOF Mailbag
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
May 26, 2014

It's been a while, so I thought I'd crank out a BOF Mailbag with you all while we all celebrate Memorial Day 2014...and remember what this day is all about, right?

Do you think any Batman villains (The Joker?) will be in BvS?

JETT SAYS: Nope. While I think Batman plays a big part in this film, I don’t think we’ll see much of the Batman universe outside of Alfred and maybe Nightwing. Perhaps they’re saving all of that stuff for the solo Batman film Ben Affleck will write, direct and star. *wink*

If and when Ben Affleck directs a Batman film, which stories would you like to see him cherry-pic ala Chris Nolan? Or something original?

JETT SAYS: Good question! I lean more on the side of something original. However, since this Batman is older and they are apparently drawing a lot from Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, how about a story featuring an older Joker? If Batman is returning in BvS because of the arrival of a flying, human-looking alien, perhaps The Joker will return upon seeing The Dark Knight back in action.

Who would you like to see play Jim Gordon next to Affleck’s Batman?

JETT SAYS: Oh that one is EASY…Kurt Russell hands down!

We know that the Superman suit will be tweaked for BvS. What do you think the tweaks will be?

JETT SAYS: Red undies? God I hope not! But seriously, I don’t think they’ll change it all that much. I mean, the suit was pretty awesome, so I don’t believe they are going to make any dramatic aesthetic changes. Perhaps the tweaks are more about how Henry Cavill functions while wearing it. Now that’s just a guess, but I will say I’ll be awfully disappointed if they make significant changes to the blue tights.

This was probably already covered, but when it comes to Batman kind of stealing the spotlight in BvS, do you think that any bat villains might be introduced further taking away from the Superman centric nature of the film?

JETT SAYS: I did sorta answer this already, but I’ll address it again. I’ve been told and assured that this is indeed a sequel to MAN OF STEEL first and foremost. And while Affleck’s Batman plays a HUGE role in the movie, I don’t think we’ll see much of the new “Batman Cinematic Universe” in this film – especially villains.

If this film doesn't perform to Warner Bros.’ expectations (and I sure as hell want it to succeed), will it put any potential future DC on film endeavors in jeopardy such as a Justice League movie, a solo Batfleck film, another Superman solo film, etc.?

JETT SAYS: Well number one, I don’t think it’s not going to be a huge hit. But let’s say for the sake of argument that it sucks and is a box office bomb, OK? Even if that were to happen, I still think that they’ll do a JL film afterwards because they are – and I’ll use a gambling term here (even though I don’t gamble) – “All in.” Now if the following JL film is garbage and dies at the box office as well, DC on film is done…at least for a while.

Jett, what are the chances of Warner Bros. developing characters on TV – ARROW and THE FLASH for example – and using them in the Justice League movie?

JETT SAYS: In my opinion, there’s a zero point zero chance that Green Arrow and The Flash from the CW television series show up in the JL film. There’s a reason why these are TV shows and not films and I don’t believe either will make the leap into the DC Cinematic Universe on film. And quite frankly, I don’t think the JL film’s lineup of heroes won’t be as big as many fans think…or want.

What relevance, if any, do you think there is to the wording of Chris Terrio's work on the script? Rather than say "written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer" the press release states "written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David. S Goyer,” I've never seen a writer's work be worded that way before as two writers usually share the credit, ala Nolan and Goyer or Ocri and Kurtzman.

JETT SAYS: Well, I do think it’s significant. I think it shows how much influence Ben Affleck has on this script and the film. Hey, we’re talking about Oscar-winning writers here in both Affleck and Terrio and, in the case of Ben, he’s also helmed an Oscar winner for “Best Picture.” I’m of the belief – and this is my opinion and not based on any inside info (which I have a lot to be frank) – that Terrio and Affleck made significant changes to the story and, probably, how Batman is depicted in the film working alongside director Zack Snyder.

Look, I’ve LONG been a supporter and defender of David Goyer on this site. I believe he is a HUGE asset when it comes to DC on film and that he will have a significant say-so on future DC films at Warner Bros. Now – and I say this with peace and love, peace and love – Mr. Goyer didn’t impress me on a personal level. In fact, he’s been rather, well, “aloof” (I’m being nice here as my Mom taught me to be) all the times I’ve met him since 2005. Regardless, I still think a lot about Mr. Goyer and hope he continues to have his hand a bit into DC on film.

But bottom line, who would you rather have writing BvS? Terrio (and Batfleck) or Goyer? Exactly. And I say that with peace and love, peace and love.

If THE AVENGERS wasn't a massive hit, would we be seeing a JL movie?

JETT SAYS: Yes. Remember, Warner Bros. had a JL film about to go in front of the camera 8 years or so ago (JUSTICE LEAGUE: MORAL). Well, that was until Chris Nolan and the VERY lukewarm reception by fans got that project S-canned - and BOF did its part as well. So no, I don't think that the upcoming JL film from Warner Bros. is totally in response to TA and I don't think WB/DC Entertainment will churn out DC Comics-based films like Marvel/Disney. Why? Because Marvel Studios are in the business of making Marvel movies, while Warner Bros. is in the business of making movies, period.

What is your single favorite Batman moment? Movies, comics, TV, premieres, etc.? Or, if you'd like to, split it into categories – I'd prefer to hear your favorite in all categories – THEN favorite moment. Just curious, thanks!

JETT SAYS: Ha! Ryan, that certainly would make for a nice article for BOF’s celebration of Batman 75 for sure! But I will say, off the cuff, I have 3 favorite Batman moments in my life. And they are…

The end of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, being able to call Michael Uslan a personal friend, and getting a “Thank You” letter from Chris Nolan on his personal stationary. But there are SO many more lovely “Batman Moments” in my (almost) 50 years on this Earth and I think I’ll share them soon…or maybe in a book?

Do you think we'll ever get an extended edition of "The Dark Knight Trilogy?"

JETT SAYS: Nope, because the "extended edition" already exists. Trust, me Chris didn't hold anything back in any of those three films. There's nothing left to put into any of them and each are exactly what he intended them to be.

Is Warner Bros. at all concerned about David Goyer's public perception?

JETT SAYS: Nope, why would they? Because of his recent “She-Hulk” comments?

Frankly, the only folks who got their undies in a wad over what he said were fanboys...and only a small segment of 'em. Those folks will be, ultimately, a piss in the ocean when it comes to the overall audience for BATMAN v SUPERMAN or any other project he’s a part of. Do you think the STARZ network is freaking out about what DG said? And to be honest, there’s a bit of truth in what he said. It probably hit too close to home to those who were “offended.” And I say that with peace and love, peace and love.

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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