The August 2020 BOF Mailbag #2


Hello there BOF’ers!  Wanna watch THE BATMAN trailer from DC FanDome again?  Yes?  Let’s do it then!


Wow, that’s awesome!

Now, let’s get on with the mailbag and yall’s questions! – Bill “Jett” Ramey

It was awesome to hear Battinson say “I’m Vengeance!”  But, do you think he will say the rest? Or will this end up being nothing more than a tease?

JETT SAYS: “I’m BATMAN!?”  I don’t know if he says it in that same scene, but I’m not going to lie, I do hope he says “I’m BATMAN!” at least once in the film!

Three years ago, “The Snyder Cut” was a pipe dream. And now we are getting it. 6 months ago, Affleck and Keaton’s return was a pipe dream. And now they are both coming back.  What other pipe dreams do you think might also come true?

JETT SAYS: New corporate ownership and money talks, no?

To your knowledge will there be more than the announced rogues in THE BATMAN?

JETT SAYS: I’ll put it this way…

I’m not sure any “announcements” are going to be made.

Do you think THE BATMAN is going to be R-rated and should be it be R rated?  Or, should it be just PG-13 like the other live-action Batman movies?

JETT SAYS: I’ll put it this way…

THE BATMAN is going to be rated what it’s rated based on the story and film that Matt Reeves created.  And lest we forget, JOKER was rated R and made over a billion bucks at the box office.

JETT SAYS: I’ve got no problem at all with his “look.”  Here’s what I’ve been saying to folks who are, well, “upset” with it is this (Which is kinda ridiculous, no?): Just like this Batman isn’t fully-formed yet, neither is his “Public Bruce Wayne” persona.

Also, we’ve really only seen Rob Pattinson as Bruce in the trailer when he’s either been wearing the cowl or motorcycle helmet and after saving someone from getting run over and killed by a car!  Maybe he just doesn’t give a f*ck about a good hair product just yet?


JETT SAYS: Because it’s f*cking BATMAN! And the folks who “got what they wanted” from THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY are Batman fans and hell yeah they are going to show up for THE BATMAN — even the ones who have and will bitch and complain about it from inception to release.

JETT SAYS: See the first question and my answer to it in this mailbag! 🙂

JETT SAYS: I think he’ll be an aged Bruce Wayne still hanging on to Batman. Apparently there are plans for him as Bruce Wayne after FLASHPOINT.

And honestly, I think most people want that rather than to see him “de-aged” via CGI.

JETT SAYS: Yes, he’s in the trailer and CF was cast because of his acting ability, not his look.

Since there seem to be some “hints” [in THE BATMAN trailer], do you think the Court of Owls will be involved in any way in THE BAMAN?

JETT SAYS: I’ll answer this way: I don’t know about “hints,” but I don’t think everything in regards to characters and the cast has been revealed yet.

What do you make of the second suit rumors? And if true, how will marketing handle it?

JETT SAYS: As Matt Reeves told us, this Batman is still evolving — and I’m sure that includes his Batsuit.

Also not sure if you touched on this before, but how would you feel about an Easter Egg of sorts to confirm that The Joker exists in this world without featuring him in a big way in this film?

JETT SAYS: Matt Reeves said previously that though The Batman is in “Year Two” of his career, a rogues gallery exists.  Maybe The Joker is part of it, and maybe he’s not.  If he is, yeah, I could see a hint of him would be included in THE BATMAN.

JETT SAYS: They apparently had to recreate areas of Liverpool on the WBUK lot to use once filming resumes.  Think BATMAN ’89 as opposed to BATMAN RETURNS.  I’ve also heard they are planning some on-location filming as well.

How much CGI do you anticipate in THE BATMAN? Not for characters but background.

JETT SAYS: I think there will be some, probably about the same as the Nolan films.  Matt Reeves said that Gotham is Liverpool with CGI enhancements, so I suspect it’ll be things like that.  Maybe if they film on location, they’ll have to CGI in large crowds due to COVID-19 restrictions.

With the success of DC FanDome, do you think DC will make this an annual event and thus have less of a presence at traditional comic cons?

JETT SAYS: OMG, I hope they do!  I just got a press release this morning actually from DC/WB announcing that DC FanDome had an audience of 22 million global views across 220 countries and territories.  That’s a helluva lot more than you’d get at a traditional con — even SDCC.  As I said on the latest BOF Vlog, If I’m in charge of SDCC, I’d make a virtual pass available for people to purchase and access the big “Hall H” panels.  But back to DC FanDome Eric, I can’t see how they wouldn’t make it an annual event after the success of the inaugural event.

Hey, Jett do you think Senator Patrick Leahy will cameo in THE BATMAN?

JETT SAYS: Ha!  If I were a betting man, I’d lay money down on it happening!

JETT SAYS: That’s just not a big deal to me, personally.  I’m not thinking Andy Serkis is going to be bald and have the thin mustache, so I guess it’ll have to wait for the next incarnation of Batman on film post-Reeves.

Based on what we’ve seen so far and your inside knowledge, do you think that THE BATMAN will be as good as the Nolan films? Not in terms of competition, just in quality and the overall adaptation.

JETT SAYS: THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY is revered, iconic, and beloved.  I simply think that THE BATMAN TRILOGY — and all of the films/TV shows related to it in THE BATMAN-verse — should be judged on its own merits and not necessarily compared to what came before.  With that said, it looks as if it’s going to be something awesome and really special.

JETT SAYS: The moment it began through the moment it ended.

What rating is WB aiming for with THE BATMAN? Seems quite dark for PG.

JETT SAYS: I think Reeves is making the film he wants to make and it’ll be rated accordingly.  And WB is more than OK with that (i.e. No mandates.)

JETT SAYS: While I don’t think a Batman film has to be R to be dark and gritty, I’m not opposed to it.  As I said before, Reeves is making the film he wants to make and it’ll be rated accordingly.