As we all know, in the recent history of DC Movies, Christopher Nolan set up an unrelated universe standard by Making the Dark Knight Trilogy as "Down to earth" as possible. Obviously most superhero movies aren't considered "Realistic," but a director can certainly try to make things as relatable as possible. Director Zack Snyder has built on this idea in a different way, by substituting realism with Dark and gritty, which of course has been met with some mediocre to harsh criticism. But what does it mean for the future of the DCEU? No one really knows. It has lately begged the question in my mind, "Will the man of steel ever release his true power?"
In past movies, Superman has shown glimpses of his true power. Even back in the Christopher Reeve era when CGI wasn't prominent , Superman decided to tamper with space and time to save the woman he loved. He flew at speeds fast enough around Earth to reverse time and save Lois Lane from certain death.
Superman Returns 2006
In 2006's Superman Returns we witness Brandon Routh's Superman stop a plane from crashing with his bare hands, he even was even able to lift an island composed of earthly rock and kryptonite off the planet's surface and into space. Even with this incarnation being a slightly more post crisis superman, he still exhibited strength that seemed unfeasible in the the modern man of steel era.
There have been comparisons to Superman being "Christ-Like" in Snyder films. And that his "Resurrection" for Justice League will be something that we will all have to wait and experience together, when the film hits theaters. With glimpses of his power showing through, we all know that Superman like many super powered heroes, has to always be aware of the amount of force he uses on a person or object. He knows that if he were to ever lose control of himself for one moment he could kill or severely injure someone. I know many of you reading are saying.. Geez, did this guy even see 'Man of Steel? Thousands died, then he snapped a guys neck. I know, but even throughout that sequence, Superman didn't want people to die, he knew he had no choice but to stop Zod from destroying the planet at all costs.
But Here's my question. As many of us know, there are villains coming to the DCEU that will be more powerful than many of the soon to be seen heroes combined. Those villains will arrive in the form of Steppenwolf and Darkseid. Will Superman return more powerful than he has already shown?
Even though DC Comics has revamped itself yet again, it wasn't before the Man of Steel unveiled a new power. The ability to produce a "Super Flare." Maybe this will be something that could come in handy in future movies. I would think its going to take something extreme in order to defeat the upcoming onslaught of galactic Godlike villains.