The opening weekend is over, so now it is time to talk spoilers and how the impact of key events and moments within Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will impact his “Justice League” film and the other DCEU standalone films in the works at Warner Bros. Pictures.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR “BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE”
On Sunday we spoke a bit about the film’s finale and how that ending will serve as the catalyst for the bringing together of the Justice League. Today, it’s time to look at the other members of the League and the wider universe teased.
First up, it has been confirmed that Snyder enlisted his “Watchmen” alum Patrick Wilson to supply the voice of the President of the United States of America in the film – a role that the actor could play across several films.
“Aquaman” director James Wan, who worked with Wilson on “The Conjuring,” responded with a “you just might” comment when asked about such a possibility by Coming Soon. Wan was also asked by Cinema Blend about how much influence Snyder will have on his Aquaman film. Wan says:
“Well, I think the story that I would like to tell is still at the end of the day my story. And that’s what’s cool with Zack, is that he’s actually very respectful of that. He’s actually helping me out in some ways with certain things that he’s doing with his [films] so that I can have better groundwork with the standalone Aquaman story.”
Zack Snyder has confirmed that it was indeed a ‘Mother Box’ (essentially an alien supercomputer) being used to reconstruct the body of Cyborg (Ray Fisher) in the video taped scene glimpsed in ‘Dawn’. In said scene we saw a partial body and S.T.A.R. Labs’ Dr. Silas Stone (Joe Morton) using a box to reconstruct the character.
The capabilities of the box were a heavily discussed subject during production, and the scene suggests Cyborg is now part-Mother Box which will give him extraordinary abilities such as manipulating any kind of technology. Snyder tells EW:
“That’s the first glimpse of the Mother Box there. It was an agonizing birth. I really wanted to show Cyborg’s birth because I feel like he plays such a strong part coming up, and I really wanted to give a sense of him. I really want [the audience] to know how far he’s come.”
Then of course there’s Ezra Miller’s The Flash who had two key appearances – one in a surveillance video, the other being a part of one of Bruce Wayne’s nightmares – a future version of Barry Allen delivering the following cryptic warning: “Bruce! Listen to me right now! It’s Lois! Lois Lane! She’s the key! Am I too soon!? I’m too soon! You were right about him! You were always right about him! Fear him! Fear him and find us. You have to come find us, Bruce!.”
The ‘us’ is almost certainly the ‘League’ itself, the ‘him’ isn’t necessarily Superman though as it seems to imply. Producer Debra Snyder tells Collider that unlike other films and shows which set things up that pay off many episodes down the road, the decision to include The Flash’s message came midway through production:
“This was kind of the opposite because we had the script and it wasn’t in the script. As we started then we worked on our script, I think we were in the middle of shooting and we started working on the outline for the next movie and where they go, and Zack said, ‘Oh my God let’s add this moment that is gonna pay off down the road, and we’ll find out more information.'”
“Justice League: Part One” opens November 17th 2017 followed by “The Flash” on March 16th 2018, “Aquaman” on July 27th 2018, “Justice League: Part Two” on June 14th 2019, and “Cyborg” on April 3rd 2020.