Happy New Year 2021!
Let’s chalk this one up as the last BOF Mailbag of 2020 as well as the first BOF Mailbag for 2021, OK? OK!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and are doing well. Now, on to your questions! Oh yeah…
#TheBatmanIsComing next year (2022)! – Bill “Jett” Ramey
JETT SAYS: I’m not a fan of straight-up comic book adaptions as either animated or live-action films — especially the latter. However, I’d like to see either — or both — KINGDOM COME and JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER turned into a prestige series on HBO Max ala WATCHMEN.
With all the Multiverses crossing over, do you reckon they might have a live-action Batman cross over with an animated one?
JETT SAYS: I don’t know how much crossing-over is going to happen outside of THE FLASH, but regardless, I say no.
Have you heard anything new about the HBO MAX Gotham series?
JETT SAYS: Gotham series? They’re doing a prequel to THE BATMAN that’s set in year one of Batman’s career and will have the Gotham PD as the focal point. Should be cool.
Is Barry Keoghan playing The Mad Hatter [in THE BATMAN]?
JETT SAYS: No idea — but I don’t think he’s playing the character he’s listed as. We’ll see, I suppose.
Some of the WW84 reviews have mentioned how the tone is wildly different than the first film and winds up hurting the film, looks like Jenkins went all in with her personal tastes, a problem we saw with sequels from Snyder/Burton/etc. How can WB control this? #BatmanOnFilmMailbag
— WW (@Batboat77) December 25, 2020
JETT SAYS: I don’t think Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS is a good analogy for Jenkin’s WONDER WOMAN 1984. I think she tried to do something different and it didn’t resonate with, what looks like, half the audience. If you read my review, you know that I thought it was “just ok” at best and had a lot of issues with it. (For anyone who missed my WW84 review, check it out HERE.)
When do you think we will get another trailer for THE BATMAN?
JETT SAYS: I heard they were thinking about dropping one in December of 2020, but once the release date got pushed to 2022, I figure that scrapped that plan. If I had to guess, maybe this Spring.
What’s the latest you’re hearing about “Gotham Central” on HBOMax and who will be the new showrunner?
— Scott S (@thewavingwheat) December 24, 2020
JETT SAYS: Other than what I said in the above Q/A, that’s about it. I’m sure we’ll hear more about it this year.
ALSO CHECK OUT: BOF’s Everything About THE BATMAN Page
Not a Batman-related question but do you think Christopher Nolan will work with Warner Bros. again?
JETT SAYS: Yes, absolutely.
Are we actually getting a Superman movie in the next few years?
JETT SAYS: I suppose it depends on what you mean by “in the next few years.” I think there will be another Superman movie on the big screen, but I think it’s a bit away — probably 2013 at the absolute earliest. I figure it’s likely later than that.
Any truth to the rumors about JJ Abrams doing a Superman movie? What would you like to see in a theoretical MAN OF STEEL 2?
JETT SAYS: 1) Apparently, there’s mutual interest. 2) I believe the MAN OF STEEL 2 ship has sailed. I’ve said many times that I borderline love MAN OF STEEL and that it was a HUGE mistake making BATMAN v SUPERMAN as opposed to a straight-up, true sequel to MOS. I suspect that Superman on film will eventually get the Matt Reeves/THE BATMAN treatment.
Are you worried that in one week we could hit 13/1/2020? Also, do you celebrate Festivus? And is Jason Statham going to suit up as Firefly in THE BATMAN or not?
JETT SAYS: 1) No. 2) Always. 3) Or not (I wouldn’t hate it though).
What’s your take on WB going the “Multiverse” route with DC on film?
JETT SAYS: I get why they’re doing it. They essentially don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Other than THE FLASH, I’m not expecting a lot of crossover/cameos/etc. in the films that remain in the “DCEU” (I hate that fake term) such as WONDER WOMAN 3, AQUAMAN 2, BLACK ADAM, SHAZAM! 2, etc. I think it’s simply a way — or an explanation — of how you can have some DC films that technically exist in the same cinematic world, while others — THE BATMAN and sequels, JOKER, a future Superman movie, etc. — that are totally self-contained.