It looks as though Bruce Wayne's horrifying childhood memories are set to be alive and well in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice - which is fortunate really, as otherwise how would he have ever become Batman?
Either way, a newly leaked image, snaffled by Film writer and blogger Dan Marcus, seems to suggest that we'll be seeing at least a glimpse of his defining childhood memory - the death of his parents...
And why's that? The Mark of Zorro was, traditionally, the movie that young Bruce Wayne had been to see before their murder - as showcased particularly vividly in The Dark Knight Returns, the comic the movie is expected to be heavily based on:
The intriguing part of all this? Previous Bat-movies haven't ever addressed this particular part of Batman's origin - either avoiding the scene entirely, or setting the Wayne's murder after a visit to the opera.
Is there any hidden meaning to the scene's presence in Batman vs. Superman, then?
Could it suggest, for instance, that the film will feature flashbacks to Wayne's past, to fill in the blanks in the Batman story? Or, alternatively, will the movie simply be playing in the background of an unrelated scene, and act as an Easter egg?
We may not know for sure until [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) is released on March 26, 2016.
What do you guys think, though? Will we see Batman's parents get murdered in Batman vs. Superman?