Oh, wait, you're actually reading this? After reading that crazy title? Congratulations! You are as crazy and theory-favoring as me! But seriously, everything from this point on is going to be (pun intended) bat-guano crazy. My theories aren't always as valid as I'd like them to be, but they're ALWAYS insane. Whether that's good or bad is entirely up to you lovely readers. So, let's get started shall we?
So I'm sure most of the world has seen the awesome new Batman v. Superman trailer. For those who haven't, here it is:
Pretty cool right? Unfortunately, we don't get many looks at Batfleck and Supes, but of the few scenes we do see of them, one of them is a noticeably peeved Ben Affleck.
Now one of the biggest questions about this movie, titled Batman v. Superman, is...why is Batman v-ing Superman? Especially with Lex Luthor having a part in this film, you'd think they'd be going after him. Then again, he is pretty menacing-looking, I wouldn't want to deal with him either.
So why are Batman and Superman facing off? Though the internet has joked about it before, we would actually NOT enjoy a movie where Batman just shows up and decides to test Superman's manliness levels in an impromptu "bro-fight". These are heroes, not frat boys after all.
There's got to be a logical reason behind this face-off right? Of course, but what? Well, I have a pretty good theory that may answer just that. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. First, let's establish Batman's feelings towards Superman prior to my shocking theory. Unfortunately, I don't think Bruce and Clark are very chummy at all at first. Why? Well Batman has access to tons of hi-tech technology like bat-holograms, bat-spycams, basically anything cool and technologically advanced, with the word bat put in front of it.
So it's safe to assume that he has access to basic technology, like a TV, and the news channel. So he's definitely heard of the destruction that Superman caused in Man of Steel. But that's not enough to get him to go #beastmode on Superman! I'm sure he also heard about Zod, and how Superman's destruction was just him trying to take him down. Still, the property damage that Superman caused is enough to make Batman wary of the alien, and he'll definitely be keeping an eye on him. But what you might also know, is that Bruce Wayne is quite high in the political world. You know who else is high in the political worlds? Lex 'Zuckerberg' Luthor!
What's that got to do with anything? Well, since both of these men are eccentric billionaires who love to give speeches, something tells me they've heard about each other. It's even possible that they've attended the same parties and are maybe even...friends? No, acquaintances. Now I know that sounds weird, but remember, when Lex is first introduced, the world doesn't know of his evil intentions. I think the movie Lex will be the same. Of course, Batman is the 'Worlds Greatest Detective'! If anyone were to find out that something was up with Lex, it'd be Bats.
I'm sure that Bruce will know about Lex's true nature, but he can't just go after a guy like that head on. He's too far into society and Bruce knows this. People love Lex and his stunning inventions. So Batman keeps an eye on him, just like he does with Superman. But I think that during one of their rich persons galas, that Bruce and Lex get into a little chat. About what? That human-like alien that nearly totaled an entire city during his reckless attempt to save it.
Bruce is already disapproving of Superman's methods of saving people, so this talk with Lex will definitely not get him on team Supes. Since Lex hates Superman, he'll have nothing but negative things to say about the Kryptonian. He'll probably say something foreshadowing like "A guy like that, is only going to make powerful enemies." Now, with a line such as that, you assume he's talking about himself. He sort of is, but the audience knows who he's REALLY talking about!
Batman! But like I said earlier, Batman does indeed think Superman is a threat, but it's not like him to just go beating the Krypto out of Superman for that reason and that reason alone. There has to be another reason he goes after Superman, something that hits closer to home. Like what you ask? Didn't...didn't you read the title of this article you're skimming?
Yes! I think that Superman KILLED Robin! Wait? What? How? These are all the questions going on in your head, along with "Is this dude crazy?" the answer to that last one is yes but I fail to see what it has to do with the situation at hand. Anyway, yes, Superman kills Robin. Not directly of course, he's a hero after all. So how did Clark end up murdering Batman's trusty sidekick? Well, before we get in to that, let me be clear that I didn't come up with the 'Robin is dead' part of this theory. A little while back, there were some leaked set photos that suggested that Dick Grayson, the first Robin, is dead in the DC Cinematic Universe.
The photos have since been removed, so I can't show you them unfortunately. But basically, the photos were set photos of a cemetery featuring the Wayne family mausoleum. One of the gravestones reads 'Richard John Grayson', a.k.a Robin, and later Nightwing.
So it looks like Dick will be deceased before we even get to see him. Why do I think Superman did it? Well, I don't think he did it directly. I think that Nightwing got caught in the aftermath of the destruction in Man of Steel. Why would he even be there? Well, if this map is any indication, Bludhaven, Nightwing's town, is fairly close to Metropolis.
With Batman most likely being busy with...bat related things, someone had to answer the heroic call! Nightwing probably went to Bludhaven to help stop Zod. But Superman and Zod's destruction caused the former bat-protege to fall.... But here's the thing, I don't think that Bruce knows this yet. I think he finds out during Batman v. Superman. After Dick goes missing, Bruce has a nationwide search for him. After he returns from his gala, he gets an unfortunate message from Alfred. They've found Nightwing...Which is when this angry Batfleck face comes in to play.
Now, things are personal. Batman is going after Superman! That's it, now we know why they're fighting. Oh wait, except I forgot to mention one thing. Nothing big, it's just that:
Nearly got you there didn't I? No, I don't think Superman killed Robin. But as far as Bats and Supes knows, he did. But then, how did Nightwing end up in the wreckage of Metropolis? Who would possibly make Batman think that his "son" was killed by the golden child of Metropolis? Who is evil enough to—you get it already don't you?
Yes, Lex Luthor. I think that HE killed Robin! Then, he had his body planted amongst the terrible wreckage of Metropolis, so that Batman would be angry at Superman and focus all of his energy on beating him. His two biggest enemies, fighting each other? His plan was going perfectly! This type of plan matches up perfectly with the type of Lex that Jesse Eisenberg will be playing. This Lex is being presented as a young genius who doesn't want to get his hands dirty, but is elbow deep in mud. So what does he do? He has other people deal with his problems.
But wait, if he doesn't like getting his hands dirty, then how did he kill Robin? AGAIN I lie! Well, sort of. He did in fact kill Robin, but he had someone else carry it our for him. Who? Oh, just this weird clown dude, currently serving time in a maximum security prison...
Yup! Joker kills Grayson in nearly the same fashion he does Jason Todd, the Robins have just been switched up for some reason. But WHY did he kill him? Simple, Nightwing was poking around Lex's "personal business". Lex couldn't have a 'suit' messing around in his business. So he had Joker off him.
So what do you guys think of my strange theory? Like it? Hate it? Want to talk about it yourself in an article on Moviepilot? Good! Because I'm actually starting a trend! #ConspiracyCorner! Post your weirdest fan theory right here on Moviepilot! It doesn't matter if its a movie, a show, it could even be a song! Don't be afraid to share your absolute crackpot theory with the world!