Zack Snyder tries to explain some of his dangling DCEU plot threads

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Dec 21, 2018, 10:00 PM EST (Updated)

Two years after its release and…let’s just say suboptimal response from critics and moviegoers, questions remain about Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Questions like, what was up with the Knightmare? Why was Superman evil in that scene? Was that indeed The Flash who appeared after the Knightmare, and was he also part of the dream? And let’s not forget: Wait, those characters were seriously supposed to be Jimmy Olsen and KGBeast? Seriously? 

Well, although it doesn’t look as though fans will be getting a Snyder director’s cut of Justice League or another Snyder-helmed DCEU film anytime soon, the Batman v. Superman director has recently been attempting to provide some answers. On the social media site Vero, Snyder has been answering fans’ questions about the film —kind of. 

For example, Cinema Blend caught a screengrab of Snyder explaining what’s going on in the dream sequence in the opening of the film where Bruce Wayne dreams about his younger self being lifted into the air by bats.

“The idea that in the dream the righteous man the good man seeks justice but that quest for justice lead him into darkness and his own moral code is in question or may only be a construct of his grief so the life of the light becomes justice=light for Batman it’s the opposite,” wrote Snyder. Okay, so we’ll be honest: not all his answers are fully satisfying. 

As for what’s going on in that Knightmare scene, including why Superman appears to be in such a bad mood, Snyder responds: “…if someone lost someone close to them they might become susceptible to a certain equation and might blame a certain Bat for the events that a too soon Bruce would know nothing about.”

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So, it certainly sounds like Snyder was hinting that in his version of the DCEU, Supes would be under the power of supervillain Darkseid’s Anti-Life Equation, which gains control over people’s minds. And correct us if we’re wrong, but it also reads as if Snyder was suggesting that in his original plan for future Justice League films, Lois Lane could have been killed off. Huh. 

And apparently Barry Allen visiting Bruce in the cave was in fact real.

But due to a confluence of disparate events both professional and personal for Snyder, his vision for the rest of the DCEU films was never meant to be. So, for folks who are curious about what might have been, we’ve got Snyder’s quasi-cryptic responses to fans’ questions on social media. 

Anyway, we know you’ve got opinions and theories. Let us know what they are in the comments below.