Ever since I wrote the first post about the Batman vs. Superman delay, I was going crazy to find out the truth behind it. After a long search, I was able to uncover the truth, so I'm writing this post to expose the reason why we've had to wait so long to see Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as confirming a few theories that I've read about the movie.
The Original Planned Batman vs. Superman Movie
As I posted before, Batman vs. Superman was planned a decade ago and was originally set to be released 5 years ago. If you have seen the movie I Am Legend, starring Will Smith, you'll see a certain view of the abandoned city in the opening scene:
If you look at the top left of the picture, you'll notice a billboard with the Batman vs. Superman movie logo on it.
You see, I Am Legend was directed by Akiva Goldsman - the same guy that was tasked to write the Batman vs. Superman script, which was rejected later on. The fact that he inserted this easter egg into a movie that was directed by him means that he was probably sure to write the official script of the movie.
I Am Legend was released in 2007, so eight years ago --subtract a couple of years for the making of the movie (I Am Legend) and you find yourself in 2005; meaning it was a decade ago that BvS was originally planned. And if you take a second and look closer at that billboard, you'll see the numbers "05.15.10," which refer to the date, May 15th in the year 2010, when it was expected to be released. With that being said, the movie was planned a decade ago and was set to be released five years ago. So, the million dollar question is, "What the HELL happened?" We'll get to that in due time.
Fan Theories and a Closer Look at the Trailer
Having cleared DC's past plans, we fast forward to the present, where we are on the edge of our seats, waiting for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice to be released in 2016. And while we wait, geeks have been doing what they do best, and that is dissecting every single shot in the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer and trying to make as much sense as they can of what they've been given, to come up with their own theories about the movie. Between all the theories that have been brought to the table, one theory grabbed my attention: it is the theory of a hidden Joker in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Joker wasn't mentioned or seen in any part of the trailer, but that doesn't mean that he isn't around. Take a look at this picture.
You see the phrase "False God" on Superman's statue. You'll say that it could be anyone that wrote it, but look at these other pictures:
Now, this has the Joker written all over it, which puts emphasis on the Joker's presence in the movie. But if you take a second look at the second picture, you should know that this isn't Batman's suit.
This picture clearly shows Batman's suit to the right, which means that the suit on the left is Robin's. Now, some of the theories that I've read state that in the comic books, Robin is kidnapped by The Joker and tortured into eventually being transformed into a Joker himself, which would explain why Batman is sobbing over the Robin suit, and also the mind games and the messages from The Joker on the newspaper.
So why will we see a Robin Joker and not the real Joker?
It's easy: the real Joker is dead. Or at least, the actor who plays him is dead. Yes, I'm talking about the legendary, departed Heath Ledger who played The Joker in The Dark Knight, and who passed away in 2008 while they were still working on the script for Batman vs. Superman.
Which brings me back to my point. The reason why Batman vs. Superman was delayed by 5 years is .......... Drum Roll please.............the death of Heath Ledger, which left a gap in the hidden plot of Batman vs. Superman and ruined DC's plans that took them 5 years to fix, with the appearance of the Robin Joker set to get the movie back on track.
They can't show us what happened to The Joker, but at least they can explain it a little by mentioning that Batman probably killed the real Joker for what he'd done to Robin. This would explain why Batman looks as if he has been retired for a while, and why he has a guilty conscience and blames himself for what happened to Robin.