Justice League's two post-credit scenes explained (SPOILERS)

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Nov 17, 2017, 12:58 PM EST (Updated)

Justice League is out this week, and if you like what you see in the movie proper, you should definitely stay behind for the credits, all the way to the end. Like most superhero films released these days, the film features a pair of post-credits sequences, one of which has major implications for the future of the DC Extended Universe.






The first sequence takes place midway through the credits. It's brief, but very entertaining. Superman (Henry Cavill) and the Flash (Ezra Miller) are standing together on a rural road, alone, and if you're a DC Comics fan from way back you know what's about to happen. It's established in the film that Superman is basically the one person on Earth that Flash can't really manipulate with his speed.

Everyone else basically doesn't know what he's doing until he's already done it, but Superman's own super-speed cancels that out. Later on, while the League is fighting to save civilians, Superman flies past Flash and calls him a "slowpoke." So, naturally, Flash wants to challenge him to a race. They pick a coast (Barry says west because he's never seen the Pacific Ocean) and take off. We don't get to see the end result, but it's a nice moment of fan service that we've been waiting to see on the big screen for a long time.

The second scene, after the credits, is much more substantial. It features Lex Luthor in prison, standing motionless with his back to the camera, refusing to move as the guard instructs him to. Then there's an explosion, and Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello) walks through a hole in the wall, wearing his classic black and orange armor. Later, on Luthor's yacht, Deathstroke returns to hear a proposition Lex has. Lex, kicked back with a drink in his hand, says, "Don't you think it's time we had a League of our own?"

This is huge, because it sets up the rise of the Injustice League, the collection of Earth's villains who band together to achieve their own ends and fight the Justice League. There are already several villains in the DCEU who could fit the bill for this, including The Joker, Harley Quinn, and now Deathstroke. Other prominent members in comics have included Black Manta (who could show up in Aquaman), Black Adam (who's getting his own movie), and Captain Cold (who the Flash could end up battling in his own future movie).

It's unclear right now if this a direct setup for Justice League or just an easter egg for the fans, but it very much seems like the former is the case. We'll hopefully know more as interviews with people like DC Films head Geoff Johns emerge in the coming days.

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