It was one year to the day since Batman v Superman when DC dropped the first trailer for #JusticeLeague on Saturday. Was that coincidence? Probably not. As much as Warner Bros. would like the world to believe Justice League will be a more easily-digested experience than the movie which set it up — hence two upbeat rock songs scoring the lively trailer — Zack Snyder's films are clearly close cousins, a notion confirmed by the presence of a major Dawn Of Justice Easter Egg.
The Easter Egg in question references BvS's notorious Knightmare sequence, but whether it has a deeper meaning for Justice League or is simply a cool visual homage remains to be seen. Before we get to it, check out the new trailer below.
Things kick off with a stunning shot of a solitary figure and a horse tracking through the wilds of an unknown location (the scenes were shot in Iceland).
Climbing down from his horse to survey the village on the shores of the sea below, the rider removes his goggles. It's Bruce Wayne.
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Both the set-up of the shot (camera positioned high up behind Bruce to reveal a barren landscape in the distance) and the goggles themselves are eerily reminiscent of the Knightmare sequence from Batman v Superman. The goggles are identical, save for a repair band on the bridge of the nose, and the Justice League scene is set to a voiceover from Bruce warning that "there's an attack coming" — the attack presumably being the Parademons, who are also present in the Knightmare.
All of that is fairly circumstantial and not necessarily an Easter Egg, but a Reddit user observes that both scenes set up the retrieval of an object (Kryptonite in the dream sequence and Aquaman in the opening segment of Justice League) which will, in theory, help Bruce to defeat the enemy — so while the Bat is not consciously paying homage to his nightmare, it seems Snyder is referencing his own, nightmarishly-received movie. You have to admire the man for sticking to his guns.
Watch the Knightmare sequence again below if you need a reminder or you'd just like to try and work out what the hell was going on there. (Good luck with that!)
Justice League hits theaters November 17.
Will Zack Snyder deliver the crowd-pleasing smash hit DC needs? And did you spot any other Easter Eggs in the Justice League trailer?