OK, so if you haven't seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I must warn you now: This article will contain spoilers. If you scroll past this entertaining little piece of concept art, you will enter into a realm open to spoilers, speculation and anything involving the box office blockbuster. This is not a review, nor does it cover the entire movie, but rather, a specific scene in which I will speculate and attempt to dissect what it means and where it leads from here onward. So readers beware. This is your final warning.
Let's get down to business. There's a specific scene that people have been speculating about since the first trailer dropped, and now that the movie has come out and we can see that scene in its entirety, we have plenty of room to digest and dissect exactly what that scene is suggesting or setting up. You know what scene I'm talking about.
It all starts with Batman coming up in his desert clothes, very reminiscent of the 'Gotham By Gaslight' story arc from the comics.
As he wanders around, we see him look out onto a desert wasteland that appears to be a scorched Gotham City and Metropolis, with the bay in between them dried out, an Omega symbol pitted into the earth.
He is in search of the mysterious green rock that can take out the Kryptonian menace known as Superman, and lucky for him, somebody has acquired it on his behalf. Only they haven't. Instead, Batman finds himself held at gunpoint by the group of men who were supposed to be providing him with kryptonite, who instead revealed themselves to be supersoldiers (not "super" as in powered, but "super" as in under the employment of Superman).
Batman holds his own for a while, but eventually he is subdued by these soldiers, who are also accompanied by Parademons (Darkseid's minions).
Then comes part two: Bruce awakens, still in his Batsuit, chained up next to some other people and in some sort of underground prison, apparently underneath the location of the first desert fight scene.
Superman makes a dramatic landing, and as all the supersoldiers kneel for him as he passes — he looks very, very angry.
He uses his heat vision to kill the other prisoners and then, looking into Bruce's eyes, rips the cowl off his head. Throwing the cowl away, he looks back at Bruce and says, "It's all your fault. You took her from me." Then he apparently plunges his fist into Bruce's stomach and/or heart, and as Bruce begins to scream, suddenly he awakens. It was all a dream.
Or was it? Immediately after this, Bruce finds himself in the Batcave, but where the computers should be, a man in a red tech suit is looking at him with frantic eyes, hovering in a misty portal of sorts. "You were right about him, Bruce," he says (or something along those lines). "The key is Lois Lane."
After this happens, Bruce finally wakes up for real, and the story progresses.
So what can we make of this scene? There are still many questions to be answered, but it's time to do what us comic book nerds do best: Let's speculate the crap out of this. And I'll start the ball rolling.
This 'Dream Sequence' Isn't A Dream Sequence, But A Potential Future
I believe this is fairly obvious, given the context in the movie, but still, there are a lot of questions to be answered. Such as: WHAT ON EARTH ARE THEY SUGGESTING? Even from the trailers, fans picked up on two key elements: Darkseid (Omega symbol/Parademons) and a very Injustice-like feel (more on this later). But after actually watching the scene in the context of the movie, we see how in this potential future they might work hand in hand.
OK, so let's talk about those few words that the Flash spoke to Bruce. First, "You were right about him, Bruce." This is the Flash reaffirming Bruce's greatest fear, which is prevalent throughout the entirety of the movie: If Superman goes rogue, they're all screwed. And, in this potential future, they apparently are screwed, because not only has Superman apparently taken control, he's also teamed up with Darkseid (either that or there is a war going on at the same time; it's difficult to tell).
So Why Did Superman Take Over?
This is where the Injustice storyline comes in, and for this reason we must look to the second thing that Barry said to Bruce: "The key is Lois Lane." Pair that with Superman's line, "You took her from me," and you've got Injustice: God's Among Us. In this potential future, Lois Lane is dead and Superman went rogue. Sound familiar?
In the 'Injustice' story arc, the Joker uses Scarecrow's toxin to trick Superman into seeing Doomsday, who Superman flies into space in a scene very similar to that of Batman v Superman. Once Superman realizes it is really Lois, it's too late. Her heart — along with that of their unborn child — comes to a stop and, with that final beat of the heart, a bomb is triggered, blowing up the entire city of Metropolis.
How does Superman react?
Batman's face says it all. Superman, finally fed up with the — wait for it — INJUSTICE in the world, plows his hand through the Joker's chest, killing him as he laughs himself to an eternal sleep. At this point, Superman decides that it is time for him to establish his own government, because following the laws of the land no longer works for him. The Joker can't just keep going to prison only to escape or be freed; it has to end, and this is true not only for the Joker, but for all villains. The law isn't good enough. Superman takes over, which leads to a divide amongst the superhero populace, forcing them to pick sides. A very notable aspect of Superman's new government?
Yep. Supersoldiers. Oh, and that mech suit that the Flash had on?
Yeah, that's 'Injustice,' too. This entire scene in the movie is a big shoutout to the 'Injustice' storyline, which proves to be a major catalyst that pushes Batman to go and fight Superman; he can't let Superman get out of control. That's why he's so eager to remind Batman to keep a close watch on Lois. If anything happens to her, Superman will turn into their worst nightmare. She seems to be the one person who could push Superman over the edge (her and, as we saw in the movie, quite possibly his mother).
But wait, it doesn't end there. Just to further the aspect of the whole 'Injustice 'thing, remember what I wrote earlier? It was the Scarecrow's toxin that was used to kick off the entire mess that resulted in the 'Injustice' storyline. Yeah, the Scarecrow. Another Batman villain. But wait, other than Batman's Scarecrow, what's the other popular scarecrow that people thing of? That's right. Suddenly, all of those Wizard Of Oz references in the movie make sense, don't they? Don't know what I'm talking about?
- Lex, upon retrieving the huge mass of kryptonite, references "the Emerald City."
- When Lois and Swanwick are talking, Swanwick jokingly references Lois's "tinfoil hat."
- When Perry is looking for Clark in the office, he asks, "Where does he go? Does he just click his heels three times and go back to Kansas?"
- When Doomsday and Superman are fighting by the Superman statue, Superman is crushed underneath a stone monument; his red boots are the only thing sticking out, à la the Wicked Witch Of The East.
- At the end of the movie, the imprisoned Lex sings, "Ding dong, ding dong the god is dead."
And then there's the whole Darkseid aspect of things, but I'm sure somebody else will come along and analyze that. My main question going out of this entire scene is this: What does it all mean?
There are still many, many more where that came from. Were they just teasing us with a possible future that will never be touched upon, or will this ultimately play out in the future? Is this simply a scene left to make us fans go crazy, trying to figure out what it truly means, or is it setting up a future movie? The Flash can time travel, we see that now, but is he traveling from an alternate universe where this happens, or their current universe? Was this our introduction to the multiverse?