From Crazy to Plausible: Ranking Fan Theories About Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad

Sunday, 25 October 2015 - 5:16PM
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Sunday, 25 October 2015 - 5:16PM
From Crazy to Plausible: Ranking Fan Theories About Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad
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The hype is very real for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and no one can deny it. Though the movie is still over five months away from premiering, the fact that it will bring three of the most iconic superheroes ever created together on the big screen for the very first time is enough to get anyone excited. And with DC and Warner Bros. releasing minimal footage and keeping their lips shut tight regarding the film, there has been a ton of speculation as to what the overall plot will be like or what major characters could end up appearing over the course of the movie.

Some of these ideas actually make sense - others are just plain crazy. These fan theories have been arranged here, not only for Batman v Superman, but also for Suicide Squad as well due to their obvious relation to each another. They range from crazy to plausible, but only time will tell if any of them are accurate. Without further ado, here's the ranking of all the biggest fan theories about the upcoming DCEU films:

Theory: Christian Bale Is Still Batman. Ranking: Absolutely Ridiculous

Not long ago, a fan theory emerged which stated that Ben Affleck's character in Batman v Superman isn't really Bruce Wayne, but rather Slade Wilson (AKA Deathstroke). This theory also involved Christian Bale showing up at the end of the film to take back over as Batman before the formation of the Justice League. Not only is this a really bad plot device, but the theory's also based upon some extremely poorly thought out evidence and is disproven by some very easily recognizable facts. It's been confirmed a hundred times over by DC, Warner Bros., and everyone who's ever worked on the movie that Ben Affleck is Bruce Wayne. Believing that Warner Bros. is promoting a totally different film that what will actually be released in March is so terribly ridiculous. They're not a bunch of trolls.

Theory: Jared Leto's Joker is Actually Jason Todd. Ranking: Crazy

This one's been out there a while, and though it's not quite as out there as 'Christian Bale is still Batman,' it's still pretty nuts. This theory states that Jared Leto is playing a jokerized version of Jason Todd, and not the Joker himself. This is solely based upon the 'J' tattoo under his left eye (since Jason Todd was branded with a 'J' in the same location in the new Batman: Arkham Knight video game) and a tattoo of a bird located on his arm (since Jason Todd was the second Robin).

This is highly unlikely due to the following reasons. First of all, the fact that Jared Leto's Joker has a bird tattoo really means nothing. The Batman v Superman trailer showed Robin's costume clearly defaced by the Joker, so his tattoo of the bird could very simply be to commemorate his achievement in killing Batman's sidekick. Likewise, the 'J' on Jason's cheek in Batman: Arkham Knight was a branding - it was to show that the Joker owned him from that point forward. Jared Leto's iteration of the Joker has a tattoo, not a branding, which obviously would have been inked on for very different purposes.

Likewise, it seems implausible that Warner Bros. would go against the source material to such a great degree, especially with Zack Snyder being such a prominent influence in creating the new DCEU. He's directed a handful of comic adaptions, and though some may have been quite different from their source material in a lot of ways, he has never once changed a character in such a drastic manner. Just as well, the trailer made it quite clear that Leto's Joker is responsible for creating Harley Quinn, and as the Joker himself has done this in every comic, video game, and animated adaption that Quinn has appeared in, it seems extremely unlikely that Leto's iteration is actually a Jason Todd wannabe instead.

Theory: Bizarro Will Be The Big Bad in Batman v Superman. Ranking: Possible.

With Doomsday being ruled out by a 3D Character/Creature Artist that worked on the film, many have been wondering if Bizarro could be the big bad who ends up uniting Bats and Supes towards the end of the film. In the comics, Bizarro is a failed Superman clone created by Lex Luthor, and in most iterations, is a bumbling buffoon. There have been some more serious versions of the character introduced in various continuities though, and either way, he can be quite the force to be reckoned with. As Kryptonian DNA could very play a part in Luthor's schemes (remember the scene of Zod's corpse in the trailer?), it's not too off base to believe that some version of Bizarro could end up being the film's big bad.

Theory: OMAC Will Be The Big Bad in Batman v Superman. Ranking: Very Possible.

OMAC (Omni Mind and Community) is an army of superpowered individuals given their gifts by nanotechnology; they are created for the purpose of destroying metahumans. This is a decent candidate for the big bad of Batman v Superman, seeing as how Superman's appearance and the battles between he and Zod would no doubt spurn a race to develop new technologies that mankind could use to protect themselves. Likewise, many have wondered if the soldiers featured in the trailer were actually some sort of robots, so this could tie in in some way or another. Add to this the following portion of Lex's fictional interview with Fortune in which he discusses his new invention, and this starts to make a lot of sense.

Opening quote
It's about safety. This is a product that will protect you, and everyone, from threats you don't even know about yet. I don't want to scare anybody… much. But there are a lot of threats out there, and they're here today.
Closing quote

The LexCorp website states 'We've Got a Lot to Show You Winter 2015,' so it's possible that fans could be given a glimpse into Luthor's plans then. If they are connected to OMAC, this would be a brilliant way to not only create hype for the film, but to generate excitement for a villain which not many people outside of the comics community know of.

Theory: Scott Eastwood Is Playing Dick Grayson in Suicide Squad. Ranking: Quite Plausible.

So everyone knows who Dick Grayson is right? First Robin, founder of the Teen Titans, and personal hero of the city of Bludhaven, Nightwing. However, not many know that he's going by a different title now: Agent 037. Following the outing of his secret identity and supposed death, Dick Grayson became a secret agent in an organization called Spyral, in which he is actually a double agent gathering details about the organization's intentions for Batman.

Now enter Scott Eastwood. Fans have speculated for quite some time about who he could possibly be playing, and he's one of the only cast members of Suicide Squad that hasn't had his role revealed to the public (which clearly means he's going to be a major player in the DCEU). Set photos make it seem like he's just some government agent for ARGUS, so it should be pretty easy to piece together as to why so many believe that he's actually playing Dick Grayson.

A while ago, Eastwood said in an interview that fans would "never see it coming" regarding the identity of his character. And as virtually no one outside of faithful comic readers are aware that Dick Grayson is currently a secret agent, this theory begins to make a whole lot of sense. It would be awesome to see Batman send his first Robin on a mission to be a double agent with ARGUS, monitoring the Suicide Squad as to what their intentions are. This would not only be source material accurate, it would probably be the greatest plot twist ever used in a DC movie.

So there you have it - all of the major DCEU fan theories from 'absolutely ludicrous' to 'this could actually happen.' Which ones do you want to see come true? Let us know in the comments below!
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