The BOF Mailbag - July 17, 2014 Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
July 17, 2014
It’s the dog days of Summer – well, at least for those of us who reside in the northern hemisphere – and Batman movie news is, well, rather SLOW at the moment. So, here’s a “Dog Days of Summer” edition of the world renowned BOF Mailbag!
Which villain would you like to see in a future Batman film that hasn’t been on film before?
JETT SAYS: I’ve answered questions similar to this before and as late as the last mailbag. Dr./Professor Hugo Strange is my answer. As to why, check out the previous mailbag.
Can you stop pushing your agenda down our throats?! We get it, you don’t want to see Batman and Superman in a live-action film together. What you say doesn’t matter anyway!
JETT SAYS: 1) Well Adam, you certainly can’t say I’m kissing Warner Bros.’ ass now, can you? I have no “agenda.” I’m simply doing what BOF was created to do: Publicly lobby for the best for Batman on film. I do indeed worry how the character of Batman will come off to the mainstream audience when he’s up on the big screen with aliens, magic, and monsters. And guess what? “Agenda” or not, I’m going to keep doing it ‘til I can’t.
2) I LOVE Batman. I like Superman A LOT. Together in a live-action film? I’m not so sure. It’s not really Superman and Batman on film in the same movie that I have major issues with, it’s Batman alongside a decedent of Greek gods with superhuman powers; a guy who lives underwater and talk to sea creatures; a space cop with a ring that allows him to do just about anything; and a dude who can run really, Really, REALLY fast.
3) I agree; what I say about this doesn’t matter. The fans who want a Batman on film who exists in a world with flying aliens, magical beings, and monsters are getting exactly what they want. BATMAN v SUPERMAN – in which we’ll see Batman alongside Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Aquaman is coming in 2016. That’ll be followed by a Justice League film where we’ll see Batman up on the silver screen with God knows what sort of characters. As I’ve said many times of late, enjoy – your wish is coming true! BUT…
If I simply jumped in the conga line many fans have formed, that would be disingenuous and totally against what BOF is all about. If I’m rubbing the “I love the DCU Batman!” fans the wrong way, I’m sorry. OK, I’m not sorry at all – that was a lie. Frankly, I really don’t care when fans flip out and/or have a meltdown over something I believe and then put it online via BOF. I do what believe in my heart is best for the character of Batman when it comes his film incarnation be it “Kissing Nolan/WB’s butt” or “Having an agenda against the DCU Batman.”
If Warner Bros. surprises us at San Diego Comic Con with some BATMAN v SUPERMAN stuff, what might it be?
JETT SAYS: We answered that one in the last BOF Podcast. But in short, I don’t think there’s going to be much of anything BvS-related at SDCC ’14. The film is still almost two years out from its release, so does anyone really believe that WB is going to go all-out and bring the BvS circus to town this year?
With that said, if they do something – and for the record, I do think something will go down, albeit a small something – I suspect they’ll release an image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman; or perhaps Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman together.
Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman
Due to Ben Affleck’s age, how many solo Batman films do you reckon we will get with him, if any?
JETT SAYS: Tom, we also answered this question in length on the last BOF Podcast, so give it a listen. However, I will say that all of us agreed that Ben’s age has nothing to do with it. It’s all about how much time does a guy like Ben Affleck – who is not only a busy actor but one of the best directors in Hollywood – want to devote to playing Batman? If he directs a solo Batman film, that’s two years of his life tied up right there. It’s all about time and desire, not age.
Ben Affleck as Batman
Jett, do you think it’s out of the realm of possibility that years down the line, Chris Nolan and co. will come back and do a stand-alone follow-up to “The Dark Knight Trilogy?”
JETT SAYS: Mike, there’s about as much of a chance of that happening as Warner Bros. hiring me to be the producer in charge of Batman on film! ;)
Craziest Batman writer: Miller, Morrison, or Moore?
JETT SAYS: Based simply on the stories they’ve told, it’s Grant Morrison, hands down.
What props are you most excited to see at the Batman 75 exhibit?
JETT SAYS: Stacy, I believe you’re referring to the 25 Years of Batman on Film exhibit that’s now part of the Warner Bros. Studio tour in Burbank. Well, I’ve already seen ALL of the stuff related to “The Dark Knight Trilogy” when I was on the set of those films or press events for them when they were released. I guess it would be the Batsuits from the Burton/Schumacher films as well as all the Batmobiles from those movies as well.
Would you welcome a comic book series set in the Nolanverse? Something along the lines of BATMAN ’66 or the SMALLVILLE comic?
JETT SAYS: Jason, personally, I would not be opposed to it. I think you could so all sorts of stories set during the time between BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT. However, I don’t think it’ll ever happen because it’s something that I don’t think Chris Nolan would want – and I can understand why he wouldn’t. And since Warner Bros. wants to stay in the “Chris Nolan Business,” I’m sure they want to keep him happy.
Is there a “special Batman” – like Azreal or BATMAN BEYOND – that you would like to see adapted to film?
JETT SAYS: Yes…BATMAN BEYOND. And since I know that they’ve considered it more than once over the years, maybe we’ll see it on film someday.
I loved THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. I think in a few respects it surpasses the first two films. I can't pick a favorite because the three as a whole are better than the individual films, even as good as each is on its own. And I know you've dealt with the unwarranted criticism before (seriously, a plot point that is implied but not seen doesn't count as a plot hole!), but what do you think might be the underlying motivation for it? What happened between 2008 and 2012 that made some fans incapable of appreciating a great Batman movie? Is cynicism just that popular? Or do you think maybe the angry minority are just that much louder than everyone else?
JETT SAYS: Trey, great question! I think you answered your own question there at the end. Yes, cynicism – especially online and on fanboy message boards – is popular. It’s much more “cool” to hate everything than like it – or so these individuals think. And yes, the “angry minority” is indeed simply much louder than the rest of us reasonable folks. The bottom line is that more people by FAR liked or loved RISES than disliked it. The proof is in the reviews and the box office results. But here’s the deal when it comes to many of the fans who hated it…
Between 2008 and 2012 – from the time THE DARK KNIGHT was in theaters ‘til the release of RISES – fanboys had invested four years of their lives creating Batman on film fan fiction in their heads. In other words, they all had their own idea of what RISES should ultimately be. And when it wasn’t the RISES that they had cooked up in their imaginations, they lashed out and nitpicked it to death. Of course, there are some people who legitimately didn’t care for it and that’s OK. But for the people who went overboard with the criticism – and in some cases, had a mini-meltdown over the film – I think those things are the root cause.
For me, I rank "The Dark Knight Trilogy" as follows: 3) RISES 2) BEGINS 1) TDK with BEGINS being my personal favorite and TDK being the best. I do think they are all best served when watched together as one story.
What do you think of the recent GOTHAM rumor that there will be a different candidate every episode as to who will eventually become The Joker? It seems like an interesting way to include the character on the show without giving him much of a backstory.
JETT SAYS: I hadn’t heard that rumor, but I would much prefer them going this route as opposed to actually seeing the pre-Joker Joker in the series. So yeah, if they had several characters throughout the run of the series who might be the Joker before he was “The Joker,” I’d be fine with that. I subscribe to the belief that The Joker is best portrayed when you know nothing of his backstory. As Chris Nolan said about the character, “He just is.”
What DC character are you most excited to see Warner Bros. bring to the big screen in the future?
JETT SAYS: Believe it or not, I’m a HUGE supporter of more DC on film from WB – I simply think they work best when they are solo projects and allowed to be their own thing. Off the cuff, I’d love to see films based on Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Shazam/Captain Marvel, Metal Men, Suicide Squad, and The Doom Patrol to name a few. I also think Deadman would make for a hell of a TV series.
What do you think happened with Gal Gadot? We thought she was done filming her part in BvS, but then Zack Snyder said that she’ll be returning to the set later for more filming. All part of the plan or did they have to reschedule her scenes due to her fitness level?
JETT SAYS: Jorge, don’t believe everything you read on the internet LOL! All part of the plan – she simply has yet to film any scenes in costume. Anyone saying or suggesting that they had to reschedule the Wonder Woman stuff because she wasn’t in shape enough is full of it.
After BATMAN BEGINS, it was said that the Batcave set in England was kept intact and not dismantled. In THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, we know via the DVD/Blu-ray extras that the Batcave set was built in California. Was the “saving the Batcave” just a rumor or did plans change?
JETT SAYS: The plans changed. THE DARK KNIGHT was filmed mostly in Chicago and the Batcave wasn’t needed for that film, so I assume that the BEGINS Batcave was dismantled once it was decided it was not going to be needed for the BEGINS follow-up. They also kept set for The Narrows up for a time after BEGINS just in case.
Jett, do you think Zack Snyder can pull off having Batman (realistic/relatable) and Superman (alien/unrelatable) on the big screen together?
JETT SAYS: Aaron, I believe that Zack Snyder believes he can pull it off. I like Zack and I trust him. So all I can say is that I totally hope that he does pull it off and BvS is a great film…and Batman doesn’t come off looking goofy.
1) Regarding the fake BATMAN v SUPERMAN script that you all talked about in the last BOF Podcast, of the recent BvS rumors, did any of them come from this script? 2) When will be hear anything about the casting for the Wonder Twins and Gleek, the Space Monkey?
JETT SAYS: Well Mathew…
1) As I said on BOF after I called the script a fake, don’t believe anything you’ve heard about the film unless it came straight from Warner Bros. publicity or director Zack Snyder. 2) Hahaha! I’m sure there are some fans who’d be down for this! You know, find a talented writer and director and they could make it work!
How does Michael Uslan feel about BATMAN FOERVER and BATMAN AND ROBIN?
JETT SAYS: I’m not going to speak for Michael, but I can tell you what he’s said about those films to me on the record.
I don’t think he dislikes FOREVER and likens it to Batman of the 40s and 50s. I do think he wishes it was more like BATMAN ’89 in tone.
As far as BATMAN AND ROBIN, he told me this – and I’m paraphrasing, FYI: It got to a point when people were more worried about merchandising, Happy Meals, and how many toys could be sold than the film itself.
Now, why not ask me what he thinks of BATMAN RETURNS? Do we simply assume he likes it because Mr. Burton directed it and Michael has called Tim a “genius?” Again, I won’t speak for Mr. Uslan, but I will tell you all what he told me when I asked him if he liked RETURNS: “I thought Michelle Pfeiffer was the best thing about that film.”
If you missed my latest interview with Mr. Uslan - which was for BATMAN 1989's 25th annivrersary - CLICK HERE.
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