We've known for a while that "Superman V Batman: Dawn of Justice" would revolve around the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) and the Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) going head to head with one another -- it IS in the title, after all. But how is it all going to go down, and what will make them put aside their differences?
Today (June 9), Warner Brothers released its first official synopsis of the movie, which has us wondering exactly who the Big Bad of the flick is going to be. Read it below:
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
So who's this "new threat" that's "putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before?" So far the only villain we know about in the movie is Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), but we can't imagine he's powerful enough to endanger the entire planet -- not on his own, anyway.
Here are some theories we have about which DC antagonist could be making their big screen debut:
You know Thanos, the Mad Titan of the Marvel movies? Darkseid is a similar character in the DC Universe, known as one of the New Gods and ruler of a planet called Apokolips. In the comics he first invades Themyscira, the home of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to steal the powers of the Old Gods of Greek mythology. Hey, what better way to help everyone in the world get over Superman's alien identity than by giving him another invading extraterrestrial to smash?
This guy might look like a grey, spiky version of the Hulk, but he's a lot tougher than that -- he's basically an unstoppable powerhouse of destruction who comes to Earth looking for a fight. You know who could give him one? Superman, that's who. (And Batman can help, I guess)
In the history of "Wonder Woman," the island of Themyscira is usually lauded as a woman-only haven. But in Wonder Woman's New 52 origin, which is rumored to be the one used in the Justice League movies, the Amazons aren't all that nice -- instead they kidnap, rape and kill men so they can bear female daughters and sell the male ones into slavery. If the Amazons are capable of THAT level of bad behavior, then maybe they're capable of trying to take over the world? We sure hope not, though, because that would be terrible.
In a similar vein, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) also comes from a mysterious civilization that's lived on Earth for millennia -- and one that's probably pretty angry about the way us humans have been treating the ocean lately. Maybe angry enough to attack us?
Brainiac is a superintelligent alien being who also happens to be an android that can upload his consciousness into other computers and drones, making him very difficult to defeat. Oh, and he's also worked with Lex Luthor to take down Superman in the comics, since the two have a lot in common -- you know, like hating Superman and being good with computers. Perhaps the movie's version of Luthor will uncover or even create the tech that allows Brainiac to exist, and mankind will have to deal with the fallout?