BOF Mailbag for August 19, 2013
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
August 19, 2013

Here's the latest BOF Mailbag for your reading pleasure. You can ask questions via email at JETT@BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM, by posting them on the BOF FACEBOOK FAN PAGE, or Tweeting them to @BATMANONFILM.

 “You're probably not a big Marvel guy, but are you curious/excited about GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and the new X-MEN movies?
Yeah, I’m not a Marvel guy – though I did read a lot of Spider-Man and Hulk comics back when I was a kid. But yeah, I support all comic book films and want them all to do well. I like comic book films regardless of the publisher who owns them.

 “When do you think the ‘New Batman’ casting announcement will be made?”
Before the end of the year. Probably September/October-ish.

 “Is Josh Brolin a lock to play the new Batman?”
No. But they like him...a lot.

 “I live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Can you send me some Taco Cabana and Whataburger? I don’t want to have to drive down to Texarkana. I’ll pay shipping.
HAHAHA! I would, but I don’t think it would be edible by the time it arrives! If you’re thinking, “WTF?”, both of those are fast food institutions in Texas. And Whataburger just might be the best fast food burger in the U.S.!

 “What’s your thoughts about Gerard Butler as the new Batman?”
He’s not at the top of my personal list, but I wouldn’t be opposed to it. Rather someone else though.

 “What do you think the new Batsuit will look like?”
I think it’ll be different, but very similar to the ones we’ve seen in the past. The body suit might be more grayish and it might have a different sort of texture, but at the end of the day, it’s “Batman” and you won’t change that much.

 “Who was your favorite villain in ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy?’”
The Joker. And Catwoman – though she wasn’t really a villain. So put me down for Heath Ledger’s Joker as my fave. I was also quite fond of Two Face and Bane as well.

 “What’s Warner Bros.’ plan going forward? You say they might not ever do a Justice League film, so what’s their ultimate goal?
Tell me why Warner Bros. should do a Justice League movie when they can make just as much with a solo Batman film? Do you think they’d really risk damaging their most valuable asset – Batman – by putting him in a movie with friggin’ with a guy who can talk to fish, a dude who can run really fast, and a Martian? Fanboys and comic book purists can call BS and dismiss this all they want, but there’s a reason why Batman is so popular amongst the mainstream and that would be the 2 R’s: Realism and Relatability.

Here’s the deal that some fans don’t get, don’t understand, or don’t want to acknowledge: The goals of Warner Bros. and Marvel Films are not the same. WB is in the business of making movies, while MF is in the business of making movies based on the Marvel characters which they own. So stuff like, “Marvel is leaving WB in the dust” just isn’t accurate or a fair comparison. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (even though many don’t listen), it’s an apple vs. an orange situation. Warner Bros. DOES NOT have to make tons of DC-based film; on the other hand, Marvel Films absolutely DOES.

As far as the future, I believe they’ll continue to lean on Batman and Superman when it comes to film projects – especially the former. I don’t know if Wonder Woman will get her own film in the near future, but I’ll lay money down that MAN OF STEEL 3 will be a “Trinity” movie. Personally, I have high hopes for Guillermo del Toro’s “Justice League Dark” (it’s not going to be called that, but you know what I mean), but I don’t think it’ll be a part of a DCU on film. As far as other DC characters, I think they’ll defer to Warner Bros. Television as they’ve had success there with projects like SMALLVILLE and ARROW. Hopefully THE FLASH will follow suit and be a hit and other DC projects as well.

The bottom line is that Warner Bros. isn’t going to make a Justice League film (and by gosh they’ve tried) just because THE AVENGERS was a success and fanboys “demand” it.

 “Why were there so many ‘candidates’ for The Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT when, looking back, none were really in the running?
Great question and thanks for sending it in. Here’s the deal…

After BATMAN BEGINS, it was pretty obvious that The Joker would be the villain in the sequel, right? What I’ve come to believe is that actors and/or actor’s people used the online press – BOF included – to get their name/client out there as a possible candidate to play The Joker. I 100% believe that BOF was used this way and, quite frankly, I was wrong to participate in such shenanigans. In fact, I want to take this moment to apologize to any and all readers who might have been affected by that BS via BOF. With that said, it was a learning experience – one that I took to heart and totally changed the way I run my pride and joy known as

 “Do you think Zack Snyder could be the director of the next solo Batman film?”
Yes, but probably not.

I know firsthand that Mr. Snyder was very keen on helming a film based on THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. I also know that Zack likes Batman. I’m thinking that MAN OF STEEL 2 – which now will include an older (allegedly) Batman – is kinda-sorta going to be his take on TDKReturns. If that’s the case – which I personally think it is – I figure someone else will helm the next solo Batman movie. BATMAN BEYOND? Could be!

 “What’s your favorite Batman comic book story?”
“The Joker’s Five Way Revenge,” BATMAN #251, September of 1973.

This was my “Aha! Moment” when I realized that what made me a Batman fan – the 60s TV series – wasn’t really what Batman was meant to be. From that moment on, it was the dark, realistic, urban, and gritty “Dark Knight” that became “My Batman.”

I still have that comic book. In fact, I’m looking at it right now as I type this -- and I've also posted a picture of it above on the right. The cover is gone, and – as the 7-turning-8 year old I was back in the Fall of ’73 – I drew Batman and Bat-logos throughout it. What a great memento of my personal Batman history it is.

 “You’re proving that you’re nothing but a fraud of a Batman fan by liking the BATMAN ‘66 comic book series and the suck that’s known as BEWARE THE BATMAN TV series.” Any self-respecting Batman fan wouldn’t read or watch either. Such garbage is ignored by real Batman fans.”
Yes! A hate-email! I haven’t had one in a while, so thank you to the loser – who shall remain nameless – for sending it to me. My response: You’re proving that you’re a shallow and myopic Batman “fan” and displaying behavior that makes he dislike fanboys so much.

 “What’s the last concert you went to?”
Saw Black Sabbath this Summer! Rock on!

 “What's the 5 best concerts you've ever attended?”
Another music question? Fine by me! Here they are and in no particular order…

Van Halen (with Sammy Hagar) in 1991, KISS in 1995, Garth Brooks in 1992, The Who in 1982, and Elvis Presley in 1970 (I was 4 years old)!

 “Do you think we’ll see Robin in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN?”
No…at least not as a character in the film portrayed by an actor. Remember, this is a Superman film first and foremost – at least it’s supposed to be.

 “With Batman and Superman sharing the big screen for the very first time in 2015, what are you favorite moments between the two in comics and/or animation?”
Hmm…I’m not sure. I’ve always preferred solo Batman and Superman stories – I’m not a fan of team-ups or group team up films or comics. But if I HAD to pick something, I remember this comic from the early 70s where Batman and Superman had sons who carried on as Batman and Superman juniors. I don’t know why I liked it, I guess it was because I was a kid. I liked the animated BATMAN/SUPERMAN movie – it was OK. The animated movie, PUBLIC ENEMIES was sorta cool. I guess the top of my list would be Batman kicking Superman’s ass in THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS.

 “Why isn't BOF more supportive of standalone DCU films such as Wonder Woman, Aquaman, or The Flash, and by extension a JLA film down the line that joins these franchises? Box office aside, wouldn't these characters fit with the new post-Nolan universe that might follow in the wake of MAN OF STEEL?”
I – “I” because I am BOF – am VERY supportive of ALL DC Comics-based films. I covered MAN OF STEEL extensively and gave it a very positive review (because I loved it). Hell, I was one of GREEN LANTERN’s biggest supporters, though I gave it a negative review because, well, it sucked. And I might be one of the most excited people on Earth to see Guillermo del Toro’s “Justice League Dark/Dark Universe” film. Here’s hoping that one gets made.

However, Batman on film is my #1 priority and I don’t think that Batman alongside the likes of Aquaman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, etc. is what’s best for the cinematic version of the character. In fact, I think it’ll look ridiculous and is a bad -- very bad -- thing for Batman on film.

It doesn’t matter that it “works in the comics and in animation” – live action films is a completely different medium with a totally different audience than the people watching JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED or reading JUSTICE LEAGUE in the comics. You know who reads the comics and watches animated films and TV shows? Fans. Who makes up the majority of the audience for a comic book film? Fans? Hell no -- it's the mainstream who DOESN'T read comics or watch animation. I’ve talked ad nauseam about this topic over the years, so I’m not going to waste your time or mine rehashing it yet again. (However if you think that, then you might want to check out THIS BOF OP-ED.)

Here’s the bottom line: It’s simply not true that I’m not a supporter of solo DC films other than Batman. That claim is, quite frankly, total bullshit. Anyone who says that is wrong -- if you're a longtime reader of BOF, you know that claim is nonsense. I’d love to see an Aquaman film, a Wonder Woman film, etc. However, I am not a supporter of a Justice League movie for several reasons – but mainly because Batman doesn’t fit in such an endeavor and I don’t want to see Batman look silly to or be laughed at by the mainstream audience.

More DC films? Yes! Batman in a JL film with aliens, magic, monsters, and gods? Hell no.

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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