Now the viewers of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have discussed quite extensively how many Justice League Easter Eggs are in the movie, which was dubbed the first instalment of the DC Cinematic Universe.
Thanks to Lex Luthor's little footage collection, we got to get a glimpse of The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, and of course we saw Wonder Woman in action, so we've got enough material to speculate about the upcoming Justice League: Part One. But what about the rest of the DCEU?
What Can We Expect In The Batman Solo Movie?
Recently, talent agency WME-IMG CEO Patrick Whitesell disclosed that Ben Affleck had written the script for a solo Batman movie:
"[Ben Affleck] is contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape. And there's a script that he's written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that's out there as an option."
Taking from Batman v Superman, what can we expect in this new take on the Batman story?
1. Jason Todd
In Batman v Superman, Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne makes a few hints at The Joker, although we don't get to see the villain in the movie. At Lex Luthor's party, he tells Clark Kent that he's got a problem with "freaks dressed like clowns," surely taking a dig at Superman on the way but obviously referring to The Joker.
In another shot, we see Robin's suit covered with a graffiti from The Joker, which leads us to assume that he killed Robin. Snyder told IGN,
"[Batman] doesn't really have a life outside of the cave. I thought by including Robin – a dead Robin – it would help us understand he's been on quite a little journey."
Based on that, there are two main story arcs the Batman movie could possibly draw from: the 1988 "A Death In The Family" comic sees Jason Todd, the second Robin, get brutally murdered by The Joker. But the story is now so well-known that it's possible Batfleck would go down another, less-treaded path. A second comic involving Jason Todd is the 2006 one "Under The Hood," in which Todd returns from the dead as villain under the alias Red Hood and goes on a rampage to get revenge from The Joker.
2. Batman's Son
In a gloomy scene where Bruce Wayne visits his parents' graves, Alfred hints at Wayne having no descendants or even wish to have any, joking that because he only sleeps around he might have children out there that he doesn't know of.
Well, what if that was a hint at Batman and Talia al Ghul's son Damian? In case you need a quick recap, Talia al Ghul is supervillain Ra's al Ghul's daughter, but despite her siding with the bad guys, she also became Batman's love interest. And they have a child together, Damian, which Batman doesn't know about until he turns 10 years old. It's also at that age that Damian takes up the identity of Robin: having been trained by the League of Assassins, he's a skilled killer.
Could we get a closer look at Batman's love life and family? Al Ghul was portrayed by Marion Cotillard in Nolan's The Dark Knight rises, but we haven't seen much of Batman as a father on screen.
3. A More Modern, Grittier Batman
Batman v Superman already takes a step further towards a Batman who's darker and more resentful than ever before, killing more than he used to and full of hate towards Superman. But it's Alfred's character that hints at the storyline a future Batman movie could follow, as he's a clear reference to the Batman: Earth One comic.
The comic, a continuity independent from the DC Universe, is a more realistic take on the Batman origin story which features an Alfred who's closer to a bodyguard than a butler. So Batman v Superman's Jeremy Irons must have based himself on this version of Alfred, who's an ex-MI6 agent in Earth One, passing on his skills to Bruce Wayne.
It's a tone that seems to correspond to the approach taken by the DC Cinematic Universe. Add to that the fact that Earth One features The Riddler, whose graffiti we get a glimpse of in Batman v Superman, and you've got enough elements hinting at the fact that the solo Batman movie written by Affleck could follow that arc.