Massive SPOILERS abound in this article. DO NOT continue reading unless you don’t care to be spoiled…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a mixed bag for audiences. Some people love the film while others hate it. I tend to be more in the middle where there are bits and pieces of the film that are fantastic to watch but the story as a whole is pretty convoluted. However there is one aspect of the movie that everyone seems to be in agreement on; Ben Affleck’s take on the Batman.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gave us plenty of Easter eggs in the film for us fans to speculate on what the future holds for the Justice League and the entire DC cinematic universe. While the villain Darkseid has been teased numerous times in the film, DC has yet to officially confirm as to who the main villain is going to be in Justice League: Part One.
Most fans have already come to the conclusion that Darkseid will eventually fight the Justice League but what if he doesn’t show up until Justice League: Part Two? If that’s the case, who could then be the primary villain in Part One? The answer could actually have been right in front of our eyes the whole time. Let me explain…
The Significance of The Flash
If you’ve seen the film, you may recall all of the cameos from the other future Justice League members via an email sent from Bruce Wayne to Diana Prince. One of the cameos appears to prove vital in a future DC film and is from a certain someone famous for beating Superman in a race around the globe. Yes my friends, I am talking about the Flash.
Now the Flash (played by Ezra Miller) actually had two cameos in the film. The one I want to focus solely on in this article is his first appearance to Bruce Wayne shortly after the Knightmare Batman sequence. Bruce wakes up immediately from this dream sequence to be found by Barry Allen giving him a direct order from the future. The Flash exclaims,
“Bruce! Listen to me now! It’s Lois. It’s Lois Lane. She’s the key. Find her soon. Ah! I’m too soon! You’re right about him (Superman?) You’ve always been right about him. Fear him. Find us Bruce. You have to find us!”
Before I get into the crux of the meaning on this quote, let me summize what happened in the Knightmare Batman dream sequence and what it could mean for the future of the Justice League.
The Knightmare Sequence
The opening shot of the nightmare shows Bruce Wayne overlooking a post-apocalyptic landscape. The world (Earth?) now destroyed could only have been done at the hands of one of DC’s most powerful villains; Darkseid. We can see the Omega symbol engraved in the ground which clearly symbolizes Darkseid’s reign. The question is, does this scene take place in some kind of alternate reality or is it a vision of the future?
Not long after fighting off some of Superman’s bodyguards, we see flying demonic-like creatures soar and scoop up body’s lying on the ground. These flying creatures are known simply as Parademons and are Darkseid’s minions who help him restore order and rule over the planet of Apokolips.
Batman is forced to fight off these Superman bodyguards only then to be subdued by one of the Parademons. Batman wakes up and finds himself captured with two of his fellow companions. A pissed off Superman is then seen returning from who knows where alongside his personal bodyguards. He walks over and disintegrates two of Batman’s allies while removing Batman’s mask revealing a disgruntled Bruce Wayne. Superman informs Bruce that, “She was my world and you took her from me.”
Who is Superman referring to here? The obvious guess would be the love of his life, Lois Lane. Or could he actually be referring to “my world” as planet earth? So why is Superman posed here as a villain in the dream sequence? Well, it’s quite possible that he IS the villain for Justice League: Part One.
Superman, a Villain?
When Flash spoke to Batman stating, “You were right about him!,” we can only assume that Flash is talking about Superman. We were initially led to believe that this is Bruce Wayne’s interpretation of Superman; how evil this alien being is and how he could someday destroy the world. When putting the pieces of the puzzle together, I came to the conclusion that this scene truly is a vision of the future and that Superman is in control with Darkseid looming as the emperor-like being if you will.
How could this have happened?
The film concluded with Superman’s death at the hands of Doomsday. Superman was however able to kill Doomsday with the kryptonite spear only to be impaled by one of his bones. His kryptonite infused bones murdered the Man of Steel.
Of course Superman isn’t dead. Henry Cavill has already confirmed he will be in Justice League: Part One which begins shooting early next month. Zack Snyder will once again direct the film as the Justice League members finally come together on the big screen. However in what way will Superman come back and how long will it take for him to resurrect? Only time will tell but we know from the beating of his heart and the movement of the dirt at the end of the film, that it won’t be long.
Flash also mentioned in his time travel scene to Bruce that Lois Lane is the “key.” We know how important Lane is to Superman’s love life and that will play a big part moving forward. But why is she so important to the fate of the world?
My only thought on this is that Superman will somehow be turned evil due to all of the kryptonite he took in including getting impaled by a kryptonite imbued Doomsday. Perhaps Lois will be the one to help bring back his memory after waking from a coma. It may however take some time for the Man of Steel to remember his friends and family and the reason he was put on this earth in the first place.
Does Lex Luthor play a role in this?
It would not surprise me if Jesse Eisenburg’s Luthor plays a big part with Superman turning evil. After all, he was the one who tried to kill Superman by creating Doomsday to take him down. He also educated himself about Kryptonian technology and learned the backstory on Darkseid. When Darkseid eventually arrives, he may be able to control Superman and use him as a pawn to take down the rest of the Justice League members.
With no villain confirmed for Justice League: Part One, Superman is quite possibly an option. I wouldn’t necessarily be against that. I mean it wouldn’t be the first time we see Superman as a villain. For those of you who played Injustice: God’s Among Us you know exactly what I’m talking about:
The plot of the game is as follows:
“Superman establishes a new world order after the Joker tricks him into killing Lois Lane and destroying Metropolis. In an effort to stop Superman, Batman summons members of the Justice League from the mainstream continuity to join his insurgency and end the totalitarian regime.” –Wikipedia
How does Injustice: God’s Among Us compare to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?
Even though Lois Lane isn’t dead (for now) and the Joker probably won’t appear in any of the Justice League films, that doesn’t mean Zack Snyder and company can’t borrow material from the rest of the plot. At the conclusion of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman is tasked with finding the rest of the Justice League informing Wonder Woman that they must accomplish this mission. This will finally bring the Justice League together who must take on a greater threat.
The comparisons of this game and the film is undeniable. Just take a look at one of the scenes from Injustice: God’s Among Us and the Knightmare scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
Do you see the resemblance?
Darkseid is coming and the Justice League better be ready for his arrival. In the mean time, they HAVE to revive Superman and hope that he doesn’t turn against them.
This may be a bit of a stretch to make the Man of Steel a ‘villain,’ but all signs point to this being a possibility. My question to you all is, do you think that DC will have the guts to make the God-like figure an antagonist of the Justice League? Do these clues lead you to the possibility of this happening? If true, are you for or against this decision? Am I crazy for thinking this? I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!