Whether you love it or hate it, you can't deny that the ambitious Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice helped set the stage for Warner Bros.' Justice League, which starts production on April 11 at Leavesden Studios in the U.K. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduced Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) through a series of well-placed cameos, which also teased that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) most certainly isn't your average woman. There was another big Easter Egg teased in the movie, though, which many fans are still talking about, the presence of Darkseid.
During one of Bruce Wayne's (Ben Affleck) "Knightmare" sequences, Batman is seen surveying a demolished landscape, with a massive Omega symbol stamped into the Earth, which comic book fans will recognize as Darkseid's calling card, of sorts. Director Zack Snyder recently appeared on The Empire Film Podcast, where he offered a brief tease about what Darkseid may be searching for in Justice League Part 1. Here's what the filmmaker had to say below.
"Maybe he exists out there in the universe. Maybe he's looking for something. Something that is against life?"
The filmmaker is most likely referring to the Anti-Life Equation, which first debuted in Jack Kirby's Fourth World comics. This equation is a formula that would allow someone or something to have total control over all sentient beings on Earth. Interestingly enough, another viral tease debuted yesterday on the Lexcorp Industries Instagram page, which states that the company is "temporarily suspending its global operations." Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) himself even offered a cryptic comment, adding "Ding, ding, ding, ding. Are we entering the second round?"
In related Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Easter Egg news, Zack Snyder also spoke about the presence of Robin's suit in the movie. Of course, fans had seen this suit several months before in one of the early trailers, but we didn't get much insight into what actually happened to Batman's late sidekick. Many had assumed that he was killed by The Joker, because of the unique message left on Robin's costume, but it was never confirmed in the movie. The filmmaker also spoke with IGN, where he confirmed when Robin died.
"In my mind, it was that Robin had died about 10 years earlier in some run-in with a young Joker. So there was an interest to me, sort of a fun backstory to play with. I felt like the whole idea was there had been loss and there had been sacrifice. In a weird way he's sacrificed everything to be Batman, he doesn't really have a life outside the cave. I thought that by including a dead Robin it was helping us understand he's been on quite a little journey."
It isn't known if Justice League Part 1 will shed any light on the circumstances surrounding Robin's death, but it's also possible that we may get some insight into this death in this summer's Suicide Squad. Ben Affleck is confirmed to appear as Batman, who has been seen riding atop The Joker's car in the first trailer and in several set photos and videos. What do you think about Darkseid's mission? Check out Zack Snyder's full interview on The Empire Film Podcast below.