The April 2022 BOF Mailbag

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What am I supposed to do with my life now that I’ve seen THE BATMAN? It feels complete.

JETT SAYS: Watch it as much as possible and enjoy the HBO Max spinoffs that are coming soon.  And, the sequel will be here before we all know it.  Remember how THE BATMAN was “never going to get here?”  Yeah, that’s how it works brother!

Do you think we’ll ever get any of the monster villains in a [Batman] movie, like Man-Bat or Clayface?

JETT SAYS: In THE BATMAN UNIVERSE?  I highly doubt it…unless they’re adapted to fit the world that Matt Reeves is building.  In fact, when asked about Mr. Freeze, Reeves said he’s not opposed to using the character, as long as he can find a way to do it realistically.  And honestly, you can with Mr. Freeze and even Clayface.  Victor Fries doesn’t have to be literally frozen to be “Mr. Freeze,” and with Clayface, go with the original Basil Karlo “master of disguise” version of the character.

JETT SAYS: THE BATMAN? It’s my favorite Batman film to date and that fact was cemented further upon each viewing. Without a doubt, it’s the most “Batman” film of any of the live-action movies as well as the most “comic book Batman accurate.”

Rank your top 5 live-action Batman films now that THE BATMAN is out.

JETT SAYS: As of RIGHT NOW…

5) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES 4) BATMAN ’89 3) THE DARK KNIGHT 2) BATMAN BEGINS 1) THE BATMAN.

How much of a change do you think the next Batsuit will have? The design in THE BATMAN is easily my favorite Batsuit we’ve had to date and I selfishly don’t want to see it changed much (or at all) going into the next entry of the series. Little details like the raised collar REALLY work for me and I don’t want to see it go.

JETT SAYS: I’m with you…it’s my favorite Batsuit of the films as well (and for the record, I’ve lived all of them — sans the “Freeze Suit” from BATMAN & ROBIN).  I’m sure Bruce Wayne (not Lucius Fox) will make upgrades to the suit, but I don’t think the “homemade” aesthetic will ever go away.

Will Ace The Bat-Hound be in THE BATMAN 2?

JETT SAYS: I don’t know about that, but I’d have no problem if Bruce got him a dog in the sequel and named him “Ace.”  Maybe a way to humanize Bruce even more, right?

JETT SAYS: Based on the few things I know, it appears as if BATMAN: CAPED CRUSADER is going to be targeted to older fans — PG-13 and up if you will — and not kids.  I’m not thinking it’s designed to be a conduit for young folks into the world of Batman, but something for Batman fandom — which is HUGE, by the way.

As far as the comparisons to B:TAS, that’s obviously due to Bruce Timm’s involvement, so it may have some similar aesthetics, but it isn’t a sequel or prequel to the classic animated series…nor should it be.

JETT SAYS: Probably not LOL!  In all seriousness, I hope each film has its own unique title instead of titles like THE BATMAN 2 or THE BATMAN: SUBTITLE.

Would you like the other two films in the trilogy to be noir detective films too, or would you like to see other genres? This film was a fresh start, but would the noir detective architecture work with the other two films (there is an opinion, that the detective genre is too boring for a Batman character), especially with more dynamic villains?

JETT SAYS: Well, the opinion that the “detective/noir” genre is too boring for a Batman film has been proven wrong with the success of THE BATMAN, period.

I’m quite sure that Matt Reeves will always maintain the “detective” aspect with this Batman and his Bat-Films, but I’m sure he’ll add in other genres as well.  Hell, he already did it with THE BATMAN as there’s some horror and even western genres in it.

JETT SAYS: LOTS of questions in regards to the sequel and when it’ll be announced.  The bottom line is that it’s already a done deal, period.  It’ll be announced soon enough, so don’t worry about how long it takes for WB to “officially” announce it.  And as a point of reference, a sequel to BATMAN BEGINS wasn’t announced until a year and a month after its release in June of 2005.

JETT SAYS: I have. After THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY and now THE BATMAN, I’ve made peace with BATMAN & ROBIN.  But it’s not like it’s part of my regular rotation!  If I see it on TV while flipping channels, I’ll watch it for a bit.

Is there a Bat-gadget that you think we have not seen to its potential yet in a Batman film?

JETT SAYS: Yes…Bat-Shark Repellant.

How much of a role, if any, will The Riddler take on in the sequel?

JETT SAYS: I suspect we’ll see him again, though probably not as the “main villain.”  Matt Reeves is a big Batman fan and smart enough to realize that killing off major members of Batman’s rogues’ gallery is not smart.

JETT SAYS: It wouldn’t shock me in the least.  In fact, I highly suspect that we’ll be introduced to some major characters in THE PENGUIN on HBO Max…and probably ARKHAM as well.

Which version(s) of THE BATMAN Blu-Ray are you receiving/buying, and when?

JETT SAYS: I’ve ordered the “regular” Blu-ray copy via Amazon as well as the one that’s exclusive to Walmart.  I’m sure I’ll get a reviewing copy early and if so, I’ll give away the one I purchased via BOF.

Do you think it would be a good idea for the sequel to be more of a horror film? This Joker looks more disfigured than previous ones and I wonder if it would be interesting to have a film with a truly scary Joker and have a film that is unlike other Batman films before it.

JETT SAYS: There was a horror element in THE BATMAN and I figure Matt Reeves would dabble in that genre again.

JETT SAYS: Coach Tom Landry!

Any idea why the Spin Master action figure line does not include The Riddler?

JETT SAYS: Maybe targeting an action figure based on a serial killer isn’t a good idea?

Any word or idea when the BATMAN: CAPED CRUSADER new animated series is coming?

JETT SAYS: I’ve heard 2023.

Did Reeves ever explain the red color theme in all THE BATMAN marketing and merchandise? Does it represent Bruce/Batman’s inner battle with his rage?

JETT SAYS: I don’t recall Matt Reeves explaining the meaning of the red color, but your guess sounds good to me!

JETT SAYS: I got lots of questions asking about tone and genre for the sequels.  Like THE BATMAN, I think they’ll be a mix of a lot of different things — noir, horror, action, westerns, comic book/superhero, etc.

Do you think we’ll see more than 1 cameo from Battinson in the upcoming HBO Max “Reevesverse” television projects? Maybe even as Bruce Wayne? Or will that be a whole other salary negotiation outside of the films when it comes to Pattinson?

JETT SAYS: I’d say it’s very possible.  I’m not sure how it works contractually with Robert Pattinson, but if they could find a way to make it work, I’d bet he’d do it.