[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!]
Marvel got the jump on DC in developing a shared cinematic universe and it has paid off handsomely for the company. So beginning with Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, Warner Bros. is planning to take a similar approach.
We've previously written about how Man of Steel could potentially launch DC's shared movie universe, but few details have emerged as to what that universe will look like and which characters it will include. The only exception was an Easter Egg found in the trailer for the film that suggests time-traveling superhero Booster Gold could be included.
Thanks to Brazilian website Omelete, however, we now know about a much bigger Easter Egg that should have DC fanboys salivating at the possibilities. Naturally, this Easter Egg is a bit of a SPOILER, so if you don't want to ruin your Man of Steel experience, stop reading now.
Still with us? Okay. According to Zack Snyder himself: "The Wayne Enterprises logo is on a satellite that Zod destroys.” That's right, Wayne Enterprises (and therefore Bruce Wayne/Batman) is definitely a part of the Man of Steel universe.
Of course, that's not a huge surprise, since Batman will be an essential part of any future Justice League movie. However, this is the first time we've gotten actual confirmation that something Batman-related will be featured in the movie. Now we get to speculate when Batman and Superman will actually meet.
It's unlikely that there will be a cameo of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Man of Steel, but it's easy to imagine how the plot of Man of Steel could set up a meeting between the characters. It's actually similar in some ways to The Avengers. When Zod and his army invade earth, it might wake up Wayne to the reality that there are much larger threats to the world than just his enemies (in much the same way that the existence of Asgard was a wake-up call to S.H.I.E.L.D.). As the World's Greatest Detective, Batman will undoubtedly want to find the person causing all of the drama: Superman.
So if Superman and Batman do get to team up for some later movie, who will they fight? In other comments, Zack Snyder mentioned one option: supervillain Lex Luthor. Speaking about the sequel, Snyder implied it was a possibility, saying, “Everything is interesting at this point. And don’t forget that Lex is out there, doing who knows what.”
Would Lex Luthor be a good villain for Superman and Batman to take on, or would it have to be some bigger threat to be important enough for the World's Finest?
Let us know what you think in the comments.
Man of Steel hits theaters June 14th, 2013.