Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has definitely had a less than enthusiastic reception. While many people loved the film, others criticized the lack of coherence and multiple plot holes. The more you think about this film, the less sense it seems to make.
Thankfully, some of the unanswered questions and mysteries could actually be solved in the upcoming Justice League Part One.
Obviously, the list of questions we want answered could go on for more than just eight points. But here are the mysteries which seem most plot relevant to Dawn Of Justice and the future of the DCEU.
1. Does Lex Luthor Have A Grand Plan?
When it comes to the questions Batman v Superman inspires, all roads lead to Lex Luthor. A villain's grand plan should be the driving force of any superhero movie, as the heroes race to foil his schemes. In the case of Dawn Of Justice, Lex Luthor was masterfully pulling the strings to manipulate Batman and Superman into fighting one another. But why?
As a businessman, Lex's plans to defeat Superman are usually motivated by the concern that good old Supes will ruin his plans. Or he's acting out in revenge for Superman already foiling one of his plans. And in the case of Lex's original origin, he's just really mad that Superman caused him to lose his hair. (Seriously.)
But in Dawn Of Justice, Lex doesn't really have a reason for hating Superman, and he doesn't have anything financially to gain from killing him. Also, why was Lex Luthor obsessed with meta-humans? Does he have a plan for them too, like experimenting on them or creating his own super army?
And of course, there's that Big Bad to consider.
2. How Does Darkseid Factor Into Lex's Plan?
At the end of Batman v Superman, Lex Luthor basically confesses to Batman that he essentially invited Darkseid to Earth, presumably by way of a homing beacon or some kind of long-range communication in Zod's crashed ship. This was later expanded on by the Dawn Of Justice deleted scene, which shows Lex communing with Steppenwolf, one of Darkseid's generals.
This all lines up with Bruce Wayne's dream (or vision — we'll come to that later) of an apocalyptic future Earth ruled by Darkseid (or evil Superman). So, did Lex plan to contact Darkseid all along? At what point in his exploration of the Kryptonian files did he decide that inviting a being of such destructive power as Darkseid to Earth would be a good idea? Is this just because he failed to kill Superman, or is this connected to his plan for the metahumans?
Hopefully, Lex Luthor will appear in Justice League and all will become clear.
3. Can Bruce Wayne Predict The Future?
The last time I checked, Bruce Wayne was just a normal human, albeit a genius with a fortune to fund his crime fighting adventures. You can't really buy powers of prophecy. And yet, the biggest dream sequence of the movie was Bruce's vision of the future, complete with Darkseid Easter Eggs.
Up until this point, the dreams of Dawn Of Justice were just products of Bruce's fevered imagination. But this dream, accompanied by Flash's time traveling warning, hints at a bigger plot which Justice League and other DCEU films will explore. I guess we'll find out later whether Bruce really is a prophet, or if he's just got some whacked out knightmares.
4. Did The Flash Travel Back Too Far?
Ah, good old misunderstood cryptic warnings that are conveniently vague. This plot device has been used in countless stories, and yet the people delivering the warnings can't seem to figure out that if you're going to go to all this trouble, you should probably be a little clearer; like using actual names instead of pronouns. Unfortunately, Barry Allen didn't get this memo.
Here's the warning he delivers to Bruce.
"You were right about him all along. Find Lois Lane, she's the key!"
Naturally, Bruce assumes that the "him" Flash refers to is actually Superman, which plays into his vision of Superman as an evil cult leader in the vision. But is this actually the case? Was this vision accurate, or just a possible future? Is Superman actually fighting Darkseid with his soldiers, or working with the villain? And is Flash actually warning Bruce about the fight with Superman, or Darkseid's arrival on Earth? What does Lois Lane have to do with all this?
I'm holding out hope that Lois secretly has a cool weapon to defeat Darkseid. After all, she figured out Lex's involvement in the Desert Incident. So maybe she's onto Darkseid too? It seems unlikely, but this does lead me to the next unanswered question.
5. Does Lex Control The CIA?
In her investigation of what really went down in Nairobi, Lois discovers an experimental bullet that leads back to Lex Luthor. As we know, Jimmy Olson was secretly a CIA agent, and his death prompted the other agents embedded in the militia to open fire.
And yet, if the bullet was actually Lex's, then did he manipulate the CIA too? How did he infiltrate this organization? And why would he go to all the trouble of doing this just to frame Superman? This probably won't be picked up on in Justice League, unless it's part of Lex's grand plan. Which he may or may not actually have.
6. Why Does Diana Want A Digital Copy Of Her Photo?
Diana Prince has spent over a hundred years living among humans. She clearly knows how the modern world works, technology and all. And yet there's something very wrong in her plan to retrieve her photo from Lex Luthor.
Obviously, once a digital copy is made from a photo, this can be replicated over and over again. Surely, if Diana wanted to ensure Lex couldn't use her photo, her aim would be to get the physical copy back from him and/or delete all copies he had of it. But instead of erasing Lex's files, Diana just steals Bruce's copy of them, leaving Lex's original files and his entire database intact. Hmm.
Ok, this one isn't a question so much as a plot hole. But who knows! Maybe Diana's solo movie will solve this issue.
7. Why Did Wonder Woman Stop Being A Hero?
This is one question we know will be answered soon, and I for one can't wait to find out the backstory behind Diana's cryptic hint to Bruce at the end of Dawn Of Justice.
"A hundred years ago I walked away from mankind. A century full of horrors. Mankind made a world where standing together is impossible."
Thanks to the preview for her solo movie, we know that Diana was once optimistic and wanted to help humanity. Yet something tragic happened in her past to cause her to become disillusioned with the entire notion of being a hero. This is definitely something Wonder Woman's solo movie will deal with. So we can rest assured that at least one mystery on this list will be solved.