“Superman was a beacon to the world.” -Batman
Bruce Wayne has changed since the conclusion of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. At the end of the film, he vowed to form a team that will fight against whatever threat comes their way telling Diana that, “We must be ready.” Batman is preparing for the worst and knows that he can no longer do things alone.
A lot has changed since Superman’s passing. The Justice League trailer mentions that the world is still mourning for the loss of the #Superman. The newspapers read “A World Without Hope,” meaning that Superman was that hope. He sacrificed his own life to take down the monster that was created by Lex Luthor.
At one point #Batman wanted Superman dead, but quickly changed his mind when he realized Clark was more than what he appeared to be. Batman took back everything he had thought about the Man of Steel, and vowed to continue his legacy after his death: “I failed him, in life. I won’t fail him in death.”
Batman Is Searching For The Remaining Metahumans
The first Justice League teaser trailer gives us an indication that Bruce is doing everything he can to find these other super-powered beings, even if it means putting his own life on the line.
The teaser shows Bruce going into the frozen tundra of the mountains searching for what appears to be #Aquaman. Although he doesn’t seem to care to join at first, Arthur Curry eventually accepts and is recruited by Batman. Audiences also see #BruceWayne speaking to Barry Allen who willingly accepts his role almost instantaneously. This all goes to show that Batman is ready to do battle with others, even if he wasn’t always this way. Which leads me to my next point…
Batman Is Now A Team Player
If there’s one major aspect Batman isn’t known for, it’s being a team player. Throughout his Gotham years, he’s mostly been a hero who works solo. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice revealed that there was a Robin at some point in this timeline. Though we don’t quite know how long this #Robin has been dead, it appears that Batman has dreaded his death ever since it happened at the hands of the #Joker.
“Twenty years of Gotham, how many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?” The burden that this Batman has kept with him remains to be seen, but it’s made clear that something tragic had happened. Why else would Batman have Robin’s costume displayed in his Batcave? It’s a reminder that he lost someone so dear to him and might be a reason he wants to continue to work alone. In a way, Superman has helped him see this through. Batman knows that he can’t take on this enemy by himself. He’ll need the help of others to fight the army that’s vastly approaching.
Batman Isn’t A ‘Killer’ Anymore
“He didn’t just save people. He made them see the best part of themselves.”
This is the most revealing quote in the entire comic-con trailer. It wasn’t too long ago when Batman claimed that “the son of a bitch brought the war to us two years ago.” Batman believed that this alien was a detriment to the planet and could easily wipe out the entire human race. However, what Batman didn’t understand was the reason behind the destruction in Metropolis.
As we’ve all seen in #BatmanvSupermanDawnofJustice, this Batman kills and doesn’t show any kind of mercy. If you recall, Superman gave Batman mercy after stopping him while inside the Batmobile and exclaimed: “When they shine your light in the sky, don’t go to it. The Bat is dead. Bury it. Consider this mercy.” Superman could have easily killed him but chose not to. Though this was Batman’s first encounter with the #ManofSteel, it left an impression on him knowing that he’s not just a killer.
Superman did help Batman see the “best part of himself.” After his long fought battle with Superman, Batman learned that Superman had a girl who loved him, a mother who raised him, and even a job as a reporter. Kent may be an alien from another world, but he grew up as a human with extraordinary powers. Batman’s focus has now been altered thanks to a boy from Kansas. It’s possible that this Batman is no longer the type of ‘killer’ he once was. We shall see how far things have progressed since Superman’s passing in #JusticeLeague.
Batman’s Leadership Has Grown Exponentially
In order for the Justice League to be successful, they’ll need someone to lead them. Who better than a man without superpowers? That’s what makes Batman a capable leader. He’s a man who knows his back is up against the wall. But he’s a fighter and will go toe-to-toe with anyone who stands in his way.
When #BarryAllen asks Bruce what his superpowers are, Batman says; “I’m rich.” He has all the technology needed and will use it to help his team take down any threats that come their way. With or without superpowers, Batman can stand up to the rest of them and will help guide his team to victory. Thanks to Superman, Batman has grown to become the leader he’s capable of being. Batman’s leadership is needed now more than ever.
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Justice League hits theaters on November 17.