Bruce Wayne was stared down by an angry Man of Steel in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice for a reason. And now fans know the reason.
A big reason.
Weeks before the long-awaited Zack Snyder‘s Justice League debuts in theaters and HBOMax, storyboards have cropped up as to what his initial plan had been before he had to leave due to personal tragedy. This was apparently the path he set fans on with his 2013 Man Of Steel. However, due to the underperformance of 2016’s Justice League under the direction of fill-in Joss Whedon, the project was abandoned and Warners Media restructured their DC film plan. Fortunately, due to an outpouring of fan support and petitioning, Snyder was drawn back to resurrect his original planned cut of the film with the studio’s backing and professional VSF team.
Bruce Wayne And Lois Lane – Wait, WHAT?! Storyboards Explain
Zack Snyder’s planned Justice League sequels, revealed in storyboards that have surfaced, involved a massive departure from DC canon. As everyone knows, the relationship between Clark Kent and Lois Lane was established in 2013’s Man of Steel, and progressed to them sharing an apartment in BvsS. But what Justice League 2 storyboards reveal is that Lois and Bruce Wayne have a child together, but soon after she tells him he’s not the father. Then, in Justice League 3, five years have passed, and The Flash pulls a Maury via time travel to inform Batman that Lois had lied, and that he is the father. Prior to this, Lois had been killed by Darkseid’s Omega Beams, but Batman changes the timeline by diving in front of them to save her. Miraculously, he survives.
How? No clue, but let’s face it: He survived because he’s Batman.
However, the film would see Bruce sacrifice himself in the battle against Darkseid to save the world, and Clark would reveal he’s always known of Lois’s son’s true paternity. Nevertheless, Clark being Clark, he would still stay with Lois and raise Bruce’s son, as a way of honoring his friend and paying it forward since Martha and Jonathan Kent did the same with him. The film would fast forward 20 years and reveal a memorial to The Dark Knight by Commissioner Barbara Gordon. When asked by Barbara if Lois would ever reveal the truth to Bruce’s son, she decides to show the now-adult Wayne the Batcave. The film would then conclude with a scene revealing a new Batman rising up from the shadows.
These revelations would put fan theories to rest as to whether we would have seen a plot based on Injustice, the video game saga that saw Superman become a dictator following the death of Lois Lane. The Joker poisons Clark with fear gas, which makes him think he’s fighting Doomsday, when, in fact, he’s killing his pregnant wife. And, to add insult to injury, Lois’s heart rate had been linked to a nuclear device under the Daily Planet; when it stops, the bomb went off and practically wiped Metropolis off of the map. The grief and madness instilled in Superman compels him to exact his revenge on The Clown Prince of Crime by ripping out his innards with one hand. Coincidentally, the way that Superman kills Bruce in that nightmare he has in BvS, the gruesome details off-camera, is very similar, which sparked theories we may see a live-action Injustice.
Catch Zack Snyder’s Justice League when it premiers in theaters and on HBOMax on March 18th.