All the Justice League Setups in Batman V Superman

The one Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice secret that everyone knows is that the movie is one big setup for two Justice League films that are coming down the pipeline. In fact, the film is more interested in an overall DC cinematic universe setup than it is with having Batman and Superman duke it out. There is some kind of plot happening in the film, but the Justice League setup in Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice is the driving focus of much of the almost three hour running time (!) of Zack Snyder’s new foray in superhero storytelling. If you’ve seen the film (or don’t care about having the entire thing spoiled for you) read on to learn about all of the Batman v. Superman Easter eggs and how they set up the soon-to-be-filming Justice League: Part One.

One of the big critical sticking points against Batman v. Superman is that Snyder rarely gives the film room to breathe, and instead packs it full of Easter eggs in order to expand the DC universe. Some people believe that this was done in a callous attempt to go toe to toe with Marvel’s world building in one movie rather than six (or more). While others believe that it’s simply Snyder being Synder and overstuffing the film to the breaking point. Honestly, it’s probably a little of both.

Take a gander at all of the set ups for Justice League in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and make sure to leave a comment if you caught anything that we missed.

  • Everyone Throwing Around the Term "Meta-Human"

    Everyone Throwing Around the Term "Meta-Human"
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    Marvel has mutants and DC has meta-humans, but it's rare that you hear anyone talk about the big MH outside of cagey scientists at S.T.A.R Labs. Well not in Batman v. Superman. At one point or another every main character says something like, "You mean the meta-human initiative?" or "We have to find more meta-humans." Zack Snyder showed rare restraint by not having Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman break out in song to do a whole number about who and just what constitutes a meta-human. 
  • Lex Luthor's Painting

    Lex Luthor's Painting
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    Much of the film is concerned with man vs. God, so much so that about 40% of the dialogue is just the actors saying "Man vs. God." But the point is really hammered home by a painting in Lex Luthor's office that portrays some very devilish angels coming from the sky to attack earth. This isn't just a summation of the film, but of the upcoming Justice League that will see someone (probably Darkseid, the Thanos of DC) coming to earth to crown himself King of Earth while killing everyone and scorching his symbol into the ground.
  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman
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    Wonder Woman is one of the saving graces of Batman v. Superman, and not just because she's the only woman who isn't damsel in distress. She is also, however, a big ol' plot device that helps the boys save the world while simultaneously fueling the flames of a Justice League movie. Aren't you just dying to pay $16.50 to see these three working together as a team again and again, but with even more friends?
  • Cyborg

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    Cyborg spent most of his career as a peripheral member of the Justice League, but when DC retconned everything back around 201,0 he's been a heavy hitter, and it makes sense that they'd want him in the upcoming film. When we see Cyborg, he's just a screaming torso in a video, but by the time we get to the Justice League, hopefully he'll be more of the character, not just a Cronenbergian nightmare.
  • Aquaman

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    Aquaman's appearance in the film doesn't last long, but what we do see of him perfectly informs us of his character. First, we see that he's a beautiful sea man who doesn't want to be bothered by underwater Blair Witch cameras, then after he destroys a camera with his trident we get to see him swim away like a speeding bullet, similar to the way that Superman shoots off from earth. 
  • The Picture of Wonder Woman from the First World War

    The Picture of Wonder Woman from the First World War
    Photo: Warner Bros.
    As much as this is a setup for Wonder Woman's solo film it also provides context for why she doesn't want to work with a team. Something went wrong back in 1901, and it's possible that she won't be able to rectify whatever happened in order to work together with a collection of caped crusaders. And hey, Chris Pine's right by her side!