Thanks for reading this “Holiday Edition” of the BOF Mailbag! If you missed the last mailbag (June 2021), CLICK HERE to check it out.
For those celebrating — this is a U.S. holiday, of course — I hope y’all are having a fun, yet SAFE, Independence Day holiday weekend.
So, what how are y’all celebrating and watcha got cooking? Me, I will be staying put at La Casa de Ramey here in the DFW, and I shall be cooking up a storm in both my kitchen and out on my back patio on my grill. I’ve got 2 boneless turkey roasts swimming in my Shiner Bock and garlic marinade which I plan to slow-cook/smoke here shortly. To go with it, I made my world-famous Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce and my awesome smoked potato/potato salad. I think Announcer Rachel is making some baked beans and a few other things. ANYWAY…
And lest we forget, #TheBatmanIsComing exactly 8 months from today! On to the mailbag and enjoy! – Bill “Jett” Ramey
How do you think the last 20 years of Batman film history would’ve played out if Wolfgang Petersen’s BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN would’ve got made?
JETT SAYS: This is a very interesting question. Well, we wouldn’t have gotten THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY, that’s for certain. If they had made it and it succeeded, then I’m sure we would’ve gotten spinoff solo films for both Batman and Superman that were both kinda-sorta in the continuity of the Burton/Schumacher and Christopher Reeve films, respectively. That would’ve been milked until, at some point, they’d try to reboot both film franchises. Suffice to say, I’m sure things would be VERY different with Batman on film in 2021.
With Keaton and Affleck in THE FLASH movie, will BOF do a watch party?
JETT SAYS: Absolutely. We would’ve done one regardless of the fact there are Batmen (Batmans?) in it. First up though will be the watch party for THE BATMAN in 8 months (CLICK HERE for details). Stay tuned for details on BOF’s THE FLASH watch party.
Do you know if Matt Reeves put that trailer together, or was it one of those trailer companies that studios use? I’m hoping Matt is one of the few directors who has so much control that he’s allowed to edit his own trailers. How much control does he have in general? #BOFmailbag
— Meditation (@Meditayshun) July 1, 2021
JETT SAYS: I don’t know the answer to that question for sure, but if I had to guess/were a betting man, I’d say that Mr. Reeves cut that trailer himself. Same goes for what we’ll see in October at DC FanDome 2021.
…describes what scene in a Batman movie for you?
JETT SAYS: There are 2 scenes that elicited that reaction from me. When Michael Keaton’s Batman says, “I’m Batman!” in BATMAN (1989) and when Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne makes the climb out of “The Pit” successfully in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in 2012.
Do you think the support for the Schumacher cut of BATMAN FOREVER is gaining enough traction for a release? Or is it unlikely that we’ll see this director’s cut someday?
JETT SAYS: I do not think it’s gaining any traction or enough that WB cares. I’m a fan of BATMAN FOREVER and would love to see the original, darker version of the movie — but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for it to happen.
I am somewhat surprised that Harley Quinn has not shown up in a Batman film yet, do you think that will change with the new set of Batman films and do you think it would make for an interesting addition? #BOFMailbag
— WW (@Batboat77) July 2, 2021
JETT SAYS: Well, we’ve seen a very weird interaction between HQ (Margot Robbie) and Batman (Ben Affleck) in SUICIDE SQUAD (2016), but that’s been it.
In a straight-up Batman movie? It almost happened as Harley Quinn was included in BATMAN UNCHAINED (aka BATMAN TRIUMPHANT), the sequel to BATMAN & ROBIN that was canceled because of, well, BATMAN & ROBIN. In that incarnation of the character, she was going to actually be portrayed as The Joker’s daughter out for revenge against Batman (George Clooney) for the death of her father (Jack Nicholson) in BATMAN ’89.
Maybe she’ll show up in one of THE BATMAN sequels if The Joker is included — though I don’t think it’s a MUST even if Mr. J is in one. They’ve got a pretty good thing going on with HQ in Margot Robbie right now, so when it comes to live-action HQ, I think she’s it for the time being.
When is Rick going to review comics for BOF?
Oh Peter, you know the answer…
Which suit is Bale wearing in THE FLASH?
Any chance for one or several Bat-Villains in THE FLASH?
JETT SAYS: A chance? Yes. Will we actually see any? I’m doubtful. Remember, this is, ultimately, a Flash movie — even though Keaton’s Batman/Bruce Wayne is essentially going to be the second main character. Perhaps a very short cameo or two, but that’s it.
Favorite movie from THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY and favorite movie from the Burton/Schumacher universe?
JETT SAYS: BATMAN BEGINS and BATMAN ’89 (though I’m not going to lie, BATMAN FOREVER is a close second to B89).
Do you think that The Batman can be the highest grossing Batman movie ?
— Andrew (@dcmarvel247) June 30, 2021
JETT SAYS: Oh hell, yeah, absolutely I do. I think it’s going to be HUGE.
Not Batman-related but nevertheless cool: have you seen HBO’s “John Adams” series? Whaddaya think of it?
JETT SAYS: As someone who minored in history in college, has taken graduate school history courses, and taught U.S. History for nearly 30 years, this question is as much up my alley as a Batman question! It was fantastic. John Adams is one of the most underrated (perhaps THE most underrated and underappreciated) “Founding Fathers” of the United States. Paul Giamatti is brilliant.