JETT SAYS: I think so. I would’ve given it five years minimum before introducing a new cinematic Batman and Batman film series. But as I’ve said many times here of late, my good friends at Warner Bros. are “Shakin’ their Bat-Moneymaker!”
“Do you ever wish Chris Nolan hadn't ended his Batman story, so we could just carry on with that continuity? Maybe just recast?”
JETT SAYS: After BATMAN BEGINS, yes, definitely. However, after talking to Chris, Emma, and others involved, I came to understand and respect what Chris was doing with Batman on film. This incarnation of the cinematic Batman was never meant to play well with others – i.e. Nolan’s Batman was the only superhero in his universe, and all involved (well, except for maybe Warner Bros. execs) NEVER intended for their interpretation of the character to be part of a DCU on film.
I am VERY happy that Chris had a vision for Batman, told his Batman story over the course of three films, and ended that story in a way that was respectful to both the character and the fans that love him.
“Jett, will you be able to endorse an unknown actor by the name of Xxxxx Xxxxxx as the new Batman?”
JETT SAYS: Xx
“Did Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy” change the way you thought about the two Burton films?”
JETT SAYS: Yes and no.
I will ALWAYS love and respect BATMAN ’89 as it’s still the most important Batman film to date in terms of what it did for the character of Batman. As far as the others – and I’ll include Joel Schumacher’s two films into the mix as well as they are in the same continuity – meh. I still hate BATMAN RETURNS as much as I ever did, BATMAN FOREVER has a few scenes that are watchable, and BATMAN AND ROBIN still makes me say, “What the F*** were they thinking?!”
Bottom line: Nolan’s films are FAR superior to the “Burton/Schumacher Bat-Quadrilogy.”
“What toppings do you include on the ‘perfect burger?’”
JETT SAYS: Well, I don’t eat red meat, so my burgers or either turkey or black bean. Regardless, here’s what I want on my burger…
Sautéed onions, jalapeños, pico de gallo, lettuce, and tomato…with a dollop of refried beans.
“Between BATMAN AND ROBIN and BATMAN BEGINS, which shelved Batman film project were you most excited about?”
JETT SAYS: Without a doubt, Wolfgang Petersen’s SUPERMAN VS. BATMAN. Why? Because it was greenlighted by Warner Bros. and I was just happy to know that Batman was coming back to the big screen. But ultimately, the shit-canning of that film was for the best because it’s why we ultimately got Chris Nolan and BATMAN BEGINS.
“What is it that you find most interesting about Batman?”
JETT SAYS: He doesn’t have F’n superpowers! That is why he is, was, and always will be my FAVORITE comic book/superhero/fictional character. It's the MAIN reason why he is, without a doubt, the most popular comic book superhero amongst the mainstream -- realism and relatibility.
I don’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t love Batman. And yes, I do LOVE a fictional character!
I was raised by a single mom as my Mom and father divorced when I was two years old. My father was in Vietnam and, quite frankly, was totally F’ed-up because of it. Thus, I never really knew my father. So, Batman became one of my male role models along with both my wonderful Grandfathers and all of my football coaches.
Batman was always there for me whether it be in the old '60s TV show or in the comics. He helped teach me right from wrong and how making the right choice isn't always easy. I did -- and still do -- look up to and admire The Batman.
I owe Batman A LOT and I’ll always have his back.
“What’s your favorite Elvis song?”
JETT SAYS: I’m tremendously partial to his very first stuff at Sun Records – that was his most inspired and brilliant recordings. “That’s All Right,” “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” “Baby, Let’s Play House” – love it. But my favorite Elvis song is “Heartbreak Hotel.” What an macabre and eerie song. I bet Tim Burton loves it too!
“Jett, are fanboys driving you batty?”
JETT SAYS: “Batty?” Nice Colin. Pun intended I’m sure! I think all self-respecting BOF readers know how I feel about “fanboys.” It’s a moniker that I once embraced, but sadly has become associated with the absolute worst of fandom.
“Do you think a BATMAN BEYOND film has the rogues to pull in the mainstream audience?”
JETT SAYS: This is what it has: “BATMAN.” I think with that in the title and if the story is good, the mainstream will show up. Plus, if – IF mind you – Warner Bros. ever opts for a BATMAN BEGINS film(s), I’m quite sure it’ll be more “influenced by,” than a straight-up adaptation. But RETURN OF THE JOKER would totally be a good thing to be influenced by!
“Do you think Joel Schumacher would have redeemed himself if he had been allowed to make BATMAN TRIUMPHAT?”
JETT SAYS: Yes and no. I know that TRIUMPHANT would’ve been darker than his previous two Batman films. From what I’ve been told, it would’ve been a cross between B89 and FOREVER. I also believe it would’ve been a hit – hell, BATMAN AND ROBIN made money! But ultimately, Mr. Schumacher’s Batman on film legacy is – fair or not – BATMAN AND ROBIN.
So what probably would’ve happened is that BT would have been a hit in 1999 or 2000, and we would have gotten yet ANOTHER film based in the Burton/Schumacher continuity a few years later. Thus, Batman on film would’ve been totally run into the ground and we would have NEVER gotten Chris Nolan and BATMAN BEGINS.
THIS is the reason that I’m an advocate of Batman on film trilogies; helmed by filmmakers with a vision and passion for the character that have a story to tell over the course of three – maybe four – films. To hell with a DCU on film and continuity!
“Is that really your wife in the pictures with you that you post on BOF?”
JETT SAYS: No. I got a guy that can “photoshop” hot chicks around me. YES, that’s my wife! I got lucky, what can I say?!
“Which Batman villain, that we’ve YET to see on screen, are you most interested in seeing in Batman film?”
JETT SAYS: Hugo Strange.
“Matt Bomer as Batman?”
JETT SAYS: Uh, no. As Superman, perhaps – but that ship has sailed. For the record, I like Mr. Bomer quite a bit and he’s also a fellow Native Texan.
“Is there anything close to the ‘Batmania” of the Summer of 1989?”
JETT SAYS: Oh hell yes! The Summer of 2008 and THE DARK KNIGHT. I never thought we’d see such pop culture mania over Batman again, but we did.
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.