There has been much speculation surrounding [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), and the closer we get to the film's release, the more absolutely insane theories crop up. Fans are scrambling to find out what happens in the film, and the trailer is still being picked apart with a fine tooth comb. There's actually a lot of the plot revealed in the trailer, including some sequences that certainly seem to be incongruous with the rest of the story...
The one sequence that has most fans buzzing is the desert scene, where Batman seems to be accosted by Superman's soldiers as he investigates a mysterious facility. Superman doesn't seem to be the type of person to have a dedicated cult army, so what could this sequence mean? There are two distinct possibilities...
It's A Dream Sequence!
Dream sequences featured heavily in Man of Steel, so it makes sense that Zack Snyder would utilise the technique again. This theory also explains why Superman would uncharacteristically have soldiers: if the dream is Bruce Wayne's, then it would serve as a revelation of his worst fears of Superman's tyranny.
This theory seemed to be confirmed, in a dreadful pun, at NYCC. A new figure was unveiled of Batman in his desert sequence costume... and it was entitled "Knightmare Batman". So knightmare = nightmare = dream sequence?
That's certainly what seems to be being implied here, but it might just be a red herring to lead fans away from the truth. Why? Because another dream sequence has already been confirmed!
After much speculation regarding his appearance in Batman vs Superman, Michael Shannon recently confirmed that Zod would actually be a ghost in the film.
"I mean, I am dead. [Laughs] … I’m just like a ghost. It’s kind of like Russell Crowe in the first one. Jor-El. For some reason, these Kryptonian spirits, they linger. Even once you crack my neck, you can’t shut me up."
Unless DC is ready to go supernatural, Zod's ghostly appearance will probably be as part of another dream sequence but this time, in Superman's head. Could this overload the film with dreamy scenes? The "it was a dream all along!" trope is one of the most notorious in storytelling, and too many dream sequences would slow down what should be a pacy, action packed film. So what else could the desert scene mean?
It's All A Trick By Lex Luthor!
This is a more outlandish fan theory, but it might just be closer to the truth. Lex Luthor is clearly involved in a smear campaign against Superman: that much is clear from the trailer. He's also shown being somewhat successful in conquering the man of steel...
But how did he get to this point? It could well be that in order to get the government, and Batman, to view Superman as dangerous, Lex hired a militia to pretend to be Superman's soldiers and... cause some trouble? This is possible, as we don't see Batman face Superman in person in the desert, just the soldiers. But Superman is shown earlier on in that sequence, so did Lex hire a lookalike?
We don't see Superman's face clearly so again, it's a possibility. But it doesn't seem very likely that Lex would go to all the trouble and expense of framing Superman for, well, whatever's going down in the desert. He seems to be persuading people of the danger of superheroes simply with his rhetoric. Of course, Lex could also be controlling Superman using that Kryptonite we know he possesses....
Personally, I'm not convinced that this is all a trick, but the dream sequence argument also has its flaws. So which do you think is right? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!