It’s become more than common practice for big franchise films these days, particularly comic book films, to include a little something extra for fans before, during, or after the credits roll (or all of the above if you’re Guardians of the Galaxy 2), but that’s not always the case for DC comics movies, leaving many to wonder: does Justice League have a post-credits scene?
The DC Extended Universe has thus far sought to differentiate itself from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a variety of ways, namely in tone and style, but another key area is the use of post-credits scenes or stingers. While audiences have learned to stick around after Marvel films (and really just about any blockbuster these days) to see what kind of jokes or epic teases Marvel will include for future movies, DC movies have been a different story as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Wonder Woman all came sans stingers, although Suicide Squad did include a quick mid-credits scene teasing the formation of the Justice League.
Justice League is a big departure from previous DCEU movies in a variety of ways, setting the franchise up to head in a new direction, so while post-credits scenes haven’t been a big part of past DC movies, that doesn't mean we won't see them more often, as Justice League is confirmed to have multiple, one during mid-credits and one at the end. Just because there's one in Justice League doesn't mean that's standard practice, though, as it's been specified with previous films that DC plans to simply do what works best on a case-by-case basis.
Avoiding spoilers, both post-credits scenes have been highly praised by fans who were able to see the movie early, many of whom suggested the scene at the end of the credits in particular is the best tease possible for the future of the DCEU. With producer Charles Roven saying he wants people to leave hoping for a Justice League 2 and DC holding off on a massive slate of new films until after Justice League’s reception, the notion of people leaving the theater wanting more is definitely a good sign.
We’re still over a year away from the next film in the DCEU, Aquaman, but if audience appreciation for Justice League pans out as early buzz suggests - and the box office follow suit - 2018 could be a big year for DC fans excited to see new projects announced and entering development, and Justice League’s post credits scenes might be a major factor in those developments.
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019