In the run up to [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), false spoilers and rumors have flooded the Internet, along with fan theories and the usual speculation. Every so often, Zack Snyder steps in to debunk a few popular theories, and in Empire's new issue the director might have just confirmed the biggest rumor yet.
Warning: this article definitely contains spoilers for Batman vs Superman, so continue onwards at your own risk!
Of all the supposed Batman vs Superman leaks, this script summary caused the biggest stir six months ago. Many fans brushed it aside as pure speculation, but after some plot points were confirmed by recent trailers, the summary started to seem more and more legit. And now Zack Snyder might have just confirmed one of the biggest twists in the leaked summary...
Lex Luthor Is Obsessed With Metahumans
This is something fans have speculated about for a while now: not only is Lex Luthor interested in Superman's powers, he's also investigating other metahumans.
Here's what Zack Snyder told Empire about this plot point (via Cinemablend).
"You learn pretty early on that Lex is interested in metahuman existence, and that there might be some relationship between that investigation and the appearance of Diana Prince."
This is really, really interesting: one of the biggest rumors about Wonder Woman's entrance into Dawn Of Justice is that she's on a mission to find out why metahumans are disappearing. And this investigation has lead her straight to Lex Luthor.
This makes a lot of sense, as Snyder also revealed that by the time Dawn Of Justice rolls around, Wonder Woman has all but retired from hero work. It would take something pretty big, which she has a vested interest in, to drag her back into the superhero life. And concern for metahumans might be just the mission she needs. So what does the leaked summary tell us about this plot line?
Lex Is Experimenting On Metahumans
According to the leak, Lex Luthor isn't just investigating metahumans, he's kidnapping and experimenting on them.
"Luthor has also been monitoring other individuals with super-humans powers umbeknowst to the government, and has captured and experimented on several of them through Cadmus, a LexCorp subsidiary dedicated on genetic research. Luthor's activities have attracted the attention of Diana, princess of Themyscira. She connects Luthor to the string of disappearances she's been been investigating."
This has the potential to attract the attention not only of Diana, but other humans such as Aquaman... unless Lex Luthor has already captured him, which is what the leaked summary suggests. Either way, Luthor's investigation of metahumans is an excellent plot point, one which will expand the DCEU: it's not just about Superman or Batman any more, but many other superpowered individuals.
This all lines up beautifully with what Snyder said about Wonder Woman being "the gateway drug to the Justice League", as her plotline seems inexorably connected with the introduction of metahumans to the DCEU. We'll have to wait and see to discover how it all plays out, but so far this is shaping up to be a very exciting movie!