If anyone has yet to see Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, keep in mind there are some spoilers here. For those who have seen it, some may have felt a certain sense of excitement as they saw DCEU hints peppered about the movie.
In Batman v. Superman, Lex Luthor does seem to be privy to some information that gives an “I know something you don’t know” feel to it. Some scenes are quite visual, giving hints within Batman’s dream sequences. Then there is the portion right at the end when the fuming Batman is about to end Lex Luthor. It was then Lex gave a rather cryptic message.
Another instance was when Batman’s dream showed Flash himself making a cameo, who looks to be delivering a message that’s left up to interpretation regarding Lois Lane’s importance and his views towards Superman.
That’s a lot to take in, and all of this is likely building to the Justice League movie, some of which may even go further than that. The future of Darkseid was also questioned by the Batman v. Superman director.
Zack Snyder participated in a interview, as reported by Collider via Empire’s podcast, and he gave his take on all this.
Regarding the Flash, Snyder noted the speculation about where Barry Allen is coming from in that scene. The ability to transverse realities was mentioned, and he thought it would be fun to attempt to interpret this message. Zack and his crew know, but they want to keep audiences speculating.
“That’s the fun stuff to try and figure out exactly what Flash is saying to Bruce and what it means. We know, so we’re not making it up.”
In Batman v. Superman’s lengthy dream sequence, he has an encounter with many unusual creatures, oppositions in combat gear with the Superman logo, as well as an angry Superman unmasking Batman. Some hardcore comic book fans have figured out that the flying creatures were Parademons. Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, who saw the screening of Batman v. Superman, witnessed a good close-up of a live-action Parademon knocking Batman unconscious, according to ComicBook.com.
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“During the Knightmare sequence, we shared a moment that even elevated the flick for me: when the winged New Gods nasties attack Batman and take him down, Jay (age 40) & I (age 45) simultaneously looked at one another and whispered reverently ‘ParaDemons’.”
In Batman v. Superman, these Parademons are associated with the beastly adversary of the DC Comics world, Darkseid. Kevin Smith’s reference to the New Gods, which was supposed to be a limited comic book series back in the 80s, was not so limited, as they received good sales figures. Slate also had the same theory regarding the two worlds, one of which Darkseid had ruled Apokolips.
Per Mark Evanier, who was a production assistant to the legendary Jack Kirby, mentioned that they were intended to be a limited series run at first, but since sales figures were big, they kept the content coming, according to Comic Book Resources.
“Folks forget but the New Gods saga was intended to be a limited series … There was no intention that these characters would go on forever. However, after Jack’s books started getting good sales figures, DC demanded that we keep them going and use guest stars like Deadman, which we were very much against doing.”
That being said, do you think Batman v. Superman’s dream sequence is going that route? Will the New Gods and the introduction into the Fourth World be the inspiration to what’s to come in the future of the DCEU, considering the Parademons are associated with that part of the universe?
Is Warner Bros. banking on the success of Jack Kirby’s work that had DC Comics fans hungering for more back then?
Moving along into Batman’s dream there was the humongous Omega symbol, which appeared to be emblazoned into the wasteland. When Batman v. Superman’s Snyder was asked about this, he just gave a little tease.
“I mean, maybe he exists out in the universe somewhere? He’s looking for something? Something that’s against life.”
Enter the Anti-Life Equation, as mentioned by Collider. This is the means by which Darkseid uses the ability to “give its user complete control over the thoughts and emotions of all living beings.” That being said, when Superman is seen in anger, unmasking Batman and frying the other troops, could this be a sign of control that Darkseid has over Superman?
Couple this include Batman’s encounter with Lex Luthor at the end of the movie where he, like a sponge, took on all the knowledge from the Kryptonian ship regarding other planetary systems? At the movie’s end, he then talks cryptically to Batman about what he knows.
“The bell has already been rung out in the dark among the gods.”
It appears that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice gave enough information for us to ponder over.
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