Since the very first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans have had theories about the shots with a seemingly alternate reality where Superman rules over the world, and Batman is forced to wear a jacket in a dusty landscape. The TV spot released last year prior to the release of the second trailer expanded on this version of the world with The Man of Steel unmasking the Dark Knight.
The fan theories surrounding this vision have suggested that this is either a nightmare for Bruce Wayne, showing what a world would be like if Superman were to roam free unopposed, or it’s a future vision of The Justice League’s fight with Darkseid. Well, the action figure for the movie released by Mattel is certainly confirming one of those.
The Amazon.com listing for the figure calls him “Future Showdown Batman”, which would seem to confirm that this is a future vision for The Dark Knight, however, the Funko POP! Vinyl figure names him “Knightmare Batman”, and that also ties into the theme ‘Knightmare’ from the film’s official soundtrack.
Either way, this certainly seems to confirm that this is a Bruce Wayne vision. But is it a vision of Superman’s reign, or Darkseid’s?
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.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th 2016 and sees Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Harry Lennix (General Swanwick) and Christina Wren (Carrie Farris) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as The Flash, Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) as Alfred Pennyworth, Holly Hunter (The Piano) as Senator Finch, Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) as Mercy Graves, Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as Martha Wayne, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) as Thomas Wayne and Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire), Jena Malone (Sucker Punch) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) in as-yet-unrevealed roles.