Finally, 2020 is coming to an end…FINALLY!
Let’s celebrate the last month of this year with a new BOF Mailbag, shall we? Thanks for all the questions, happy holidays, and enjoy! – Bill “Jett” Ramey
Is Warner Bros, positioning THE BATMAN as the movie to save theaters post-pandemic?
JETT SAYS: It could likely be the first big film to perform, well, big at theaters and the box office once things are relatively back to “normal.” Unless, of course, AT&T mandates it debut on their crown jewel, HBO Max, simultaneously like they’re doing with all of their 2021 releases.
Given AT&T’s current strategy towards WB and DC Entertainment do you think there’s still room for further development of the DC Universe or do you see this as the first step of some plan to dismantle and sellout all WB-Based brands/divisions to other entertainment companies piece by piece?
JETT SAYS: I’m not sure about that because the IP’s that come with owning DC — especially Batman — is worth a lot of money. With that said — and this is something I thought I’d never say or want — I’m starting to hope that AT&T would sell DC Comics and then license the film and TV rights to DC characters to other studios.
This is a larger societal issue, but just in terms of the comic book industry, what are your thoughts that increasingly all of our entertainment (comic books, movies, even comic-cons) will be in our homes/virtual? Do you like this trend? I find it depressing. #BOFMailbag
— WW (@Batboat77) December 9, 2020
JETT SAYS: I think it sucks. Things change and progress is progress, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.
How will you see WONDER WOMAN 1984?
JETT SAYS: In a movie theater…probably. Honestly, I’m not sure. I want to see it on the big screen, but I’m also being careful about COVID-19.
When will THE BATMAN finish shooting? So I know this pandemic won’t delay it any longer.
JETT SAYS: Apparently, filming will continue into February. I think they’re going to be OK.
What are the must-watch Christmas movies in the Jett house every year?
JETT SAYS: It’s not BATMAN RETURNS!
The recent bad press for Warner Bros. — as well as the talk about the director’s guild boycotting them — will this all affect the future of Batman on film? What a mess.
JETT SAYS: It depends on what they do with THE BATMAN I suspect. If it gets the same treatment as WONDER WOMAN 1984 and WB’s 2021 slate of films, yeah, I’d start to worry.
What effect do you think WB’s decision to go straight-to-HBOMax with ’21 movies will have on top producers/directors/actors wanting to work for them in the future esp. re: DC properties? #BOFMailbag
— Scott S (@thewavingwheat) December 10, 2020
JETT SAYS: Dude, that’s a legit concern. Warner Bros. was LONG known as the most filmmaker friendly studio in Hollywood. With the likes of Christopher Nolan and others coming out publicly against them, that ain’t good. Let’s see what happens come 2022.
Outside of GCPD, Harley Quinn, and Titans, is there any other new Bat-related content coming to HBO Max to look forward to?
JETT SAYS: I’m not sure. There have been rumors of a Catwoman prestige series and maybe something based at Arkham Asylum. We’ll see.
Is Dr. Quinzel still Board-Certified?
— Mister Underhill (@d_underhill) December 9, 2020
JETT SAYS: I’d say no.
Do you think or know if Matt Reeves plans on exploring Batman’s allies like Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, or Azrael even?!
JETT SAYS: You saw the first trailer for THE BATMAN, right? Base on that and other things I’ve heard, I’m pretty sure that THE BATMAN is going to be even more grounded than THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY. Thus, I don’t see “sidekicks” happening in this trilogy — at least not anything close to the comics.