The biggest question surrounding [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) is why these two guardians of peace end up in what is sounding like an epic showdown. This obviously isn't going to be just some chest puffing affair and the films' fight coordinator has basically confirmed that the movie's main event will be a display unlike anything previously seen in a Batman movie. So what is the reason behind this clash of DC's titans?
We've looked to the source material before. Is there widespread panic through out the country due to an attack that Superman could only partially stop? Does the U.S. end up in a state of blackout with Supes as an anti-Batman government lackey? While there's strong support for this as it comes from The Dark Knight Returns, there may be other ways that the film is ramping up the tensions between the two.
The Dead President
A few months ago there was another extra from the film that took to the interwebs to share some details from the film's shoot. They described being part of a funeral procession for none other than the President of the United States - with Superman in Clark Kent mode paying his respects to the fallen POTUS.
While presidents can certainly pass in any number of ways, this wouldn't be a part of the movie unless it means something to the larger story. This has even lead to some rumors that we could see Lex Luthor angling for the job. While that isn't unprecedented in the comic books - let's not forget that this is a Jesse Eisenberg Lex Luthor. It seems pretty far fetched that a guy that young would be running for president...
But this could be part of the bigger picture that is putting the U.S. in a state of chaos. While we know that the movie is shaping up to be more of a direct sequel to Man of Steel than we may have originally suspected, was Superman somehow indirectly responsible? Will we find out that his fight with Zod, and the effects of the Wold Engine, had big repercussions in D.C.?
The Middle East?
There is also that supposed trouble brewing in the Middle East. With Lois Lane covering the Middle East for the Daily Planet, and requiring some Superman assistance, could the President be making a visit to the tumultuous area and meeting his demise there? Does Superman grieve at being unable to protect the Commander in Chief?
Does all this make Superman fed up with having unpredictable wild cards out there like Batman? Does he feel more responsible than ever to protect the U.S. from any threat he can, including vigilantes like Batman - who may feel like he's better at protecting Gotham than Superman is with Metropolis? Can't we all just get along?!
Yes, we have the Speculatron5000 working overtime on this but if we combine the information of Lois Lane cover a Middle East incident with a fallen President - this could be just the sort of thing to send Superman over the top. It could just the thing to put Supes in a position to be willing to do some favors for the likes of Holly Hunter's US Senator - something like taking care of this Batman situation.