(Warning - possible SPOILERS for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice lie below...)
Trailers can be funny things. Historically, they've been designed to get us excited for a movie that's often not set to be release for six months or more, as well as, in some cases, to inform us that the movie is in fact being made at all. In recent, years, though, more and more of the things - and especially teasers for superhero movies - have taken on a very different role: They're there for us to mine for information about the movie.
After weeks of poring over the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser trailer, for instance, it had seemed that the collective investigative genius of the internet's superhero community has dug out ever last hint, reference and tease possible from the short clip.
And yet, it seems, there was something hidden away in there this whole time that we all completely - if not surprisingly - missed.
Batman's Secret Weapon Was Right in Front of Our Eyes All Along
Remember that shot of Batman standing in a decrepit, seemingly abandoned building, holding what looks a whole lot like a rifle of some kind?
Well, as it turns out, that's no rifle.
Instead, if Heroic Hollywood's Umberto Gonzalez is correct, that mysterious weapon right there is, in actual fact, a very different kind of secret weapon.
That's a Kryptonite-Laced Spear
Yup, that's right, according to Gonzalez, that mysterious item in Batman's hands is actually a spear laced with Kryptonite.
As in, the same kind of simple, incredibly old-school weapon that we saw used to such great effect in 300 (and most eras of history):
Y'know, that classic modern epic, directed by Zach Snyder...who also just happens to be directing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
What's Batman's Plan for the Spear, Though?
After all, a lot of us had kind of assumed that the gun Batman is holding in that image just above was either going to be similar to the sonic weaponry he used back in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns (on which Batman v Superman is set to be heavily based)...
...Or, perhaps, on his traditional use of Kryptonite-laced weaponry when fighting Superman:
Which...it still very much could be. What's intriguing, though, is that it seems Batman has also got a much more spear-like plan in mind - unless he's planning on transforming that spear into Kryptonite bullets, of course, thus providing the character with a central moral dilemma straight from the comic-books: Is it worth betraying a principle (not using guns) in order to protect the greater good?
In this instance, I'm guessing...no. But that's mainly because if we actually see Batman shoot Superman in the face and kill him, it's going to piss off literally everyone who ever sees the movie.
What do you reckon, though?