Marvel produced movies through trial and error over the years to achieve a world-class audience. Finally, the day came when DC decided to release a movie involving two superheroes, which led to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The movie eventually became “the seventh highest grossing superhero movie of all-time,” earning $862.9M. While Marvel preps up to release another wide-appealing movie, so what’s next for DC?
Even before the release of “Batman v Superman,” DC revealed its plan for the first combined superhero movie, the “Justice League.” After the release of BvS, it is evident that Zack Snyder doesn’t plan on appealing to critics or create a milking franchise like Marvel. The movie is expected to be a dark and violent adaptation of the comics.
Here are ten predictions involving possible plot lines for Justice League Part One and Part Two.
These are events that can happen in the Justice League, based on the theories from the New 52 Comic Universe and DC’s animated series.
NOTE: This article contains information that could be SPOILERS to some fans. Also, if you haven’t watched “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice,” these predictions would be difficult to comprehend.
Batman will be the Founder of Justice League
In the animated series of The Justice League, Martian Manhunter is credited as the founding father of the league. Whereas in the New 52 Justice League Volume 1: Origin comic book, Cyborg steps in as the founder. This prediction could easily stand true, thanks to Snyder’s tease in the end, while Batman and Wonder Woman pay their respect to Superman’s grave. Bruce Wayne told Wonder woman, “Help me find the others like you.”
Adding to that, Snyder also told Entertainment Weekly, “I wanted Bruce Wayne to build the Justice League. I felt like with Superman around, it’s a different conversation when you create the Justice League, right? It’s like, ‘Me and Superman, we want to make a Justice League.’ [Other heroes would be] like, ‘Okay, yeah, I’ll join!’ I just feel like Bruce Wayne having to go out and find these seven samurai by himself, that’s a lot more interesting of a premise.”
Neither Superman nor Doomsday Die
It’s a no-brainer that Superman isn’t dead. No one would search for a theory to explain that (killing off the protagonist? Nah). But is Doomsday dead?
In the 2007 animated movie Superman/Doomsday, the Man of Steel fights Doomsday, and both are believed to be dead. But Superman was healing in his grave by going through a “kryptionian hibernation form” while Doomsday, also a kryptonian being, managed to remain alive.
If the comic version is to go by, Doomsday’s battle against Superman would have made the creature stronger and less vulnerable after its awakening.
Darkseid in Justice League
This theory is considered to be proven correct. As per the comic book and animated movie, Batman’s confrontation with Lex Luthor during the ending of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” suggests Darkseid as the antagonist of Justice League Part One. Even Batman’s dream sequence in the movie shows us Darkseid’s Parademons (minions) flying around, teasing the arrival of Darkseid.
Lois gets killed by Joker?
In the DC Comics Injustice Gods Among Us Volume 1, we witness (SPOILERS!) Lois Lane’s sad demise from the hands of the Joker (not precisely, read the comic to know more), which ultimately leads to Superman’s mad rampage. In BvS, during Bruce Wayne’s dream sequence (which is actually a crossover of flash’s future sequences passed on through his dream), Batman is held captive in what seems like Superman’s torture cave, where he says, “She was my world and you took her from me.”
Who else would the Man of Steel be talking about?
Batman will go up against Superman Again
Superman eventually goes on to blame Batman for the death of Lois, accusing him of having a soft spot for Joker and his other opponents in Injustice Gods Among Us Volume 1. Similarly, we catch a glimpse of Superman’s blame game with Batman, while the Dark Knight is held captive in the dream sequence. Before that, Superman is seen taking down two of Batman’s cell buddies by burning them to death with his laser beam.
In the comics, Superman loses sight of his own ideologies, starting to take control over mankind and introducing his own law of justice. The Dark Knight stands against him and forms his own team to bring down Superman.
In BvS, The Flash travels through time to tell Batman, “BRUCE… BRUCE!! Listen to me now, its Lois, its Lois Lane. She’s the key.” He then goes on to say, “You were right about him (Superman), you always been right about him. Fear him.”
Snyder included the confrontation between Batman and Superman to open up possibilities, even another fight between “Son of Krypton vs. Bat of Gotham.”
Superman builds a Superhuman Army!
During Batman’s dream sequence in BvS, we see the Dark Knight fight off a horde of soldier with the S Patch on their shoulders. The army that bows down to Superman could soon be the “enhanced people” the Man of Steel creates with the help of Lex Luthor, similar to the story of Injustice Gods Among Us Year Two, Volume 1.
Batman and Wonder Women Romance, Not Superman
The romance in DC is less compared to Marvel. Although Wonder Woman’s partner has been switched from Clarke to Bruce time and again in the animated series and comic books, BvS went with the Dark Knight for Diana Prince. This could indeed be a personal decision by Snyder as the Man of Steel is already seen with Lois Lane.
Aquaman will play a bigger picture in Justice League
Over the years Aquaman has been one of the most underrated characters in the DC Universe (animated series/movie). However, it was one of the first titles unveiled by DC in the making. Although we still haven’t received DC’s phase list after Justice League Part One and Two, the animated version of JL: Throne of Atlantis suggests it could be the next plot line.
Martian Manhunter could be introduced as an Enemy at first
This theory is thin, and even DC couldn’t be so dark in its adaptation. But in the new 52 Justice League Volume 2 The Villain’s Journey, Batman says, “We all know what happened when we let some else (Martian Manhunter) onto this satellite and into the Justice league. It ended very badly.” Even the comics decided not to go into detail with the antagonistic approach for the Martian. But, it’s still a possibility.
Green Lantern for Justice League Part 2
After the failure of Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds, DC has been mum about its plans for the space marshal. Although Hal Jordon is one of the first superheroes to join Justice League, he might be missing during the battle against Darkseid. However, the comic book version says otherwise. But, after the failure of Hal Jordon, the movie might spin off with John Stewart.