Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the second installment in the DC Extended Universe, was packed with Easter eggs and clues for future characters and where the franchise would go next. Ever since the film's release, countless lists have been made on these clues that include references to characters like The Joker, Watchmen, The Riddler, comic book homages and, as mentioned above, teases for future storylines.
Well, I recently purchased the Batman V Superman Ultimate Edition and, while watching it (being the control freak that I am) I read what was written on every single news report shown on screen.
I Went Through Every News Report And It Paid Off
This was a tricky task, as I needed to play back most of the scenes in slow-motion. But man, I tapped into my inner Phileas Fogg (literary references ftw) and powered through it. And it paid off, because I just discovered an awesome Easter egg that, from what I've researched, no one has found and could set up big things for Batman's upcoming solo films. Check out this still from the film:
The image above shows Clark Kent researching Batman on the internet. He comes across an article talking about the Bat branding his victims. Because of how small the text is, I'll put the quotes below. The last section of the report reads:
Perhaps most disturbing is that many of the victims received the brands before even facing trial for their alleged crimes.
Our Easter egg then comes in the quote right below the line above, which, if going by evidence presented further down, comes from a pretty important character in the Batman mythos. Take a look:
"Batman is acting as judge, jury and executioner and the GCPD seems to be complicit. If the GCPD endorses masked vigilantes as our city's watchmen, who watches the watchmen" said Harvey -
Let's get this out of the way first: Yes, there's a Watchmen reference in there, but that's not what we are here for.
Which 'Harvey' Is It: Harvey Bullock Or Harvey Dent?
The report gets cut right after "Harvey", so a last name is not given. Fortunately, we just need to look at the details of the quote to know where it comes from. We know it wouldn't have come from long-time GCPD officer Harvey Bullock as the comment is made from an outsiders' perspective by the "the GCPD seems to be complicit" remark.
So who said this? That remark seems to come from someone that knows what's going on in the city. The only other important person in the DC Universe named Harvey that, because of his political position, would be involved in the city's well-being and also with Batman's case is District Attorney Harvey Dent, a.k.a. long-time Batman villain, Two-Face.
The quote is a clear reference to the character. What I find really interesting is that it seems that Harvey has not yet gone through his horrific face change and is still in a position of power. Seeing how in Batman V Superman, Batman has been active for 20 years, I would have guessed the Caped Crusader would have already encountered Two-Face at some point during his career. Then again, I doubt the government would give a deranged criminal the chance to publicly speak his mind on what's going on with Gotham but it's a superhero film so who knows?
Did This Easter Egg Set Up Harvey Dent's Introduction?
Could this huge Easter egg be setting up Harvey Dent's appearance or, even better, his transformation into Two-Face in the untitled solo Batman film? The movie is rumored to include several iconic villains, so his inclusion, if it was indeed set up in this brief moment, would be more than welcome. Is it possible that we'll be seeing a younger Harvey Dent to get attached to and experience alongside him his transformation into Two-Face?
If Harvey Dent is indeed still sane, I would be really happy with that. Batman has already faced most of his villains hundreds of times throughout his 20-year crimefighting career. Having Dent's transformation into Two-Face be the focus of a movie would give Batman a fresh new challenge to overcome, different to what he's faced before and taking him out of his comfort zone. We last saw Dent portrayed brilliantly by Aaron Eckhart in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, but a new twist could be just as great.
Keep in mind, there's also the possibility that this is just a cheeky nod for us fans to find and speculate over, Sherlock Holmes-style. As we do. However, even if that were the case, it wouldn't take the awesomeness away from this Easter egg or the possibility of a Two-Face appearance in the DC Extended Universe further down the line.
One thing's for sure though, Harvey Dent is out there somewhere in the DC Extended Universe — but is he still a model District Attorney or is he psychotic villain we are all scared off? Wouldn't it be amazing if, during Suicide Squad, we get a Two-Face cameo or reference?