Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is one of the most anticipated movies in a long time, and expected to be one of the highest grossing films of the year, and it has finally hit theaters. Ben Affleck is taking on Henry Cavill for complete and total comic book dominance and like all movies, there are hidden things to see. Here are a lot of Easter Eggs, DC references, inside jokes, and all the info you need on the post-credits scene.
Please note that there will be SPOILERS for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice from this point on. If you don’t want to know anything about the movie and what happens, then stop reading now.
As reported by Box Office Mojo, $27.7 million was pulled in by Batman V Superman on Thursday night for the opening. That makes it the sixth largest preview ever, and even beat out the opening for Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.
Cyborg, The Flash, and The Flash
Everyone knew they were coming and that they were going to be introduced in this movie, but it wasn’t known how. Now, it’s revealed that Lex Luthor had secret and encrypted files on all of them, including Wonder Woman as well.
There was no more than maybe two minutes spent on each of them, but Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) discuss “finding them” at the end of the film. The Flash is really the only one seen twice as he appears in surveillance footage and in Wayne’s dream.
Batman villain references: The Joker, The Riddler, and Man-Bat
It’s been seen in the trailer already, but it’s awesome to watch Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne having a conversation at Lex Luthor’s party. Kent has some snarky comments, and Wayne simply responds with, “The city and me…we just have a bad history with freaks dressed as clowns.”
When Batman is awaiting Superman in the run-down building, there is graffiti spray-painted everywhere and anywhere. Look carefully as you’ll spot the familiar insignia and question mark of The Riddler.
Wayne has a number of dreams and/or nightmares in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and one brings about a familiar and unique villain. Crashing through the tomb of Martha Wayne is none other than Kirk Langstrom, aka Man-Bat.
Believe it or not, the commonly used lab in DC Comics and The Flash television series does make a quick appearance. Silas Stone (Joe Morton) is shown on a webcam creating Cyborg and “S.T.A.R. Labs” appears in the bottom-right corner title of the video.
Shout out to the “Dark Knight Returns” graphic novel
Den of Geek points out an awesome Easter Egg for when Batman first appears in the film. A rookie cop and a veteran cop catch him tormenting a criminal and there’s an exchange exactly what happens in the comic book and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
Multiple Robin references
One line spoken by Alfred (Jeremy Irons) is “The next generation of Waynes will inherit an empty wine cellar… Not that there will be a next generation of Waynes.” There is the slight possibility this is in reference to Damian Wayne, but don’t hold your breath. Only time will tell.
There is also Robin’s spray paint-defaced costume which Bruce Wayne has in the Batcave. This is in reference to “A Death in the Family” from 1988 in which Joker kills Jason Todd. Some say this is a Batsuit, but it seems to have some red in it and looks like Robin more than Batman.
Darkseid is coming
Everyone knows that Darkseid is coming, or at least, they hope he is. Now, Dawn of Justice pretty much confirmed it. In another of Wayne’s nightmares, he stands in a desert land and sees the Darkseid symbol hugely on the ground while his Parademon minions attack later on.
At the end of the film, the now-bald Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) references that “he’s coming.” Luthor never quite says who “he” is, but it’s blatantly obvious. Also, there is a “Mother Box” shown in the Cyborg scene and if that isn’t a Darkseid reference, then nothing is.
Other little things to notice:
- The Batmobile tears up a building called the “Nicholson Terminal” — Maybe a tribute to Jack Nicholson, who starred as The Joker in 1989’s Batman
- Carla Gugino is back as the voice of Kelex aboard General Zod’s ship
- Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) tells Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) to wake up by saying, “Hello, Smallville!”
- Chris Pine is in the movie even though he only appears in an old photograph of Wonder Woman from around 100 years ago.
- Martha Kent is now working at Rolli’s Diner which has been featured in the “Superman” comics a couple of times before.
Oh, about that post-credits scene.
There isn’t one. No, it’s not like there is one in some theaters or different versions here and there. There is no mid-credits or post-credits scene to connect it to Suicide Squad or Wonder Woman or anything. The Wrap makes it a point to show that nothing is added to the 151-minute run time.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice may not be getting the best reviews, but it is tearing up the box office already. The movie phases of DC Comics will be happening as Justice League is coming. Now, you may want to go see the movie again to check out the DC references, inside jokes, and Easter Eggs all over the place.
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