Warner Bros.' marketing push for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is in full swing, with new posters, trailers, and ads seemingly hitting every day. The highly anticipated superhero epic has thus far managed to keep many of its biggest surprises a secret -- despite many fans worrying that recent plot-heavy trailers have revealed too much of the film's storyline and sequence of events. For example, although Doomsday figured prominently in the most recent look at the movie, it has been said that there is more to the final act than a showdown with the comic-book killer of Superman.
Still, hints and teasers continue to trickle out as the film's release date approaches, offering glimpses at elements fans were aware of and some they were not. And now, the upcoming issue of Empire Magazine offers a closer look at several key elements of Zack Snyder's upcoming blockbuster, including one image that could signal the future arrival of yet another major DC nemesis.
The images, posted as scans on CBM, include a glimpse of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) visiting what looks to be a mausoleum of the extended Wayne ancestry, a further look inside the offices of The Daily Planet (including Clark Kent's cubicle), and a glimpse of Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) working on the high-tech helmet Batman will use to challenge Superman. Other new shots include Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor getting ucomfortably close with Lois Lane (Amy Adams), the Batmobile taking heavy damage, and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) striking a defensive pose.
Of course, there is the image that may imply Darkseid will be teased at some point in the film -- as Screen Rant expanded upon earlier. And while that is potentially huge discovery, the other images offer some rather intriguing questions that are worth examining.
In the trailers, Alfred is heard telling Bruce that Superman isn't his enemy, so why is he helping build the anti-Superman armor? Actor Jeremy Irons has spoken about creating "a completely different Alfred," and this seems to suggest a character who is at least as hands-on, if not more so, than the previous iterations seen in films by Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan. This also points to Irons' version having some level of technical expertise that can be put to use when Bruce needs assistance. Are these skills something that is part of this Alfred's personal history, or is it something he picked up in the years that Bruce has been operating as the Batman?
On the flip side of the equation, the images of Clark at the Daily Planet tell a different story. For all that Man of Steel offered in terms of introducing the world to Superman, there wasn't much of Clark Kent -- or mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, rather -- seen in the film. Already, the trailers for BVS have shown a Clark who is entrenched in his reporting duties -- some of which have him at odds with his boss, Perry White, over his coverage of Gotham's vigilante problem. With all the film already has going on, it seems that it may also make an effort to round out Kal-El in a way that showcases not only his super side, but his civilian persona as well.
There are plenty of other intriguing details in the new images. Seeing Wonder Woman use her bracelets to defend herself from what appears to be an energy attack is certainly one of them. Meanwhile, Bruce standing in what looks to be a Wayne mausoleum brings up plenty of questions about what this film intends to say about the Wayne family and their history in Gotham. Perhaps Snyder's film will expand on Bruce's lineage as a way of strengthening the character's ties to his city beyond the murder of his parents.
The film is only two months away, but answer-seeking fans have no reason to stop being on the edge of their seats. After all, it's entirely possible that many of these questions may not be fully answered until Justice League -- especially if the film ends on any kind of cliffhanger.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is followed by Suicide Squadon August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and then Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.