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Insanely Convincing DC Superhero Movie Fan Theories

List RulesVote up the fan theories that are melting your brain like Superman's heat vision.

There is no shortage of DC Extended Universe fan theories on the internet. Whether it’s Batman fan theories, Superman fan theories, Wonder Woman fan theories, or insane mega-conspiracies that tie every corner of the DCEU together, fans have not been shy about sharing their opinions about what’s “really” going on in the world of Gotham City and Metropolis. Though most DC fans won’t admit it, the fact that the DCEU’s storytelling has been more than a little confusing at times has only added to the appetite for fan theorizing.

DC movies (and comic book movies in general) often deliberately leave themselves open for fan speculation. It’s been a staple of the industry ever since Marvel Studios ended Iron Man with an internet-breaking tease for The Avengers. The DCEU has been intentionally ambiguous on many topics, and that’s allowed fans to determinedly pool their creative talents into filling in the gaps.

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    There’s A Crossover Crisis Of Some Sort Coming

    Photo: The CW

    Some DC fans remain frustrated at the lack of a connection between the DCEU and the “CW-verse,” the continuity most of DC’s current TV series share. This has led to some confusing things, like the fact that the Flash is played by both Grant Gustin and Ezra Miller. However, many fans have pointed out that DC Comics has a long history of crossing over various multiverses, complete with multiple versions of popular heroes meeting one another.

    Some, like Reddit user Codoro, think that the films and shows will collide in a storyline mirroring the comic event Infinite Crisis. Others, like Reddit poser Calvin Elliot, see the DCEU ending with a crossover based on the epic Crisis on Infinite Earths.

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    General Zod Has No Penis

    The delightfully named Reddit user Jetpack-Guy has come up a theory that sounds silly, but actually makes a frightening amount of sense. In short, General Zod (Michael Shannon) has no penis. The evidence is surprisingly sound. Zod was genetically engineered to be a soldier and a military leader, and that may have meant no need for reproduction.

    Zod has been traveling around with other Kryptonians for a while, thinking they were the last of their people, and have yet to attempt to repopulate – perhaps because of Zod and his cronies lack reproductive organs.

    Most damning of all, in Batman V. Superman, Doomsday is created from the body of Zod, and very clearly has no genitalia. This unfortunate trait could even explain General Zod’s beef with Superman’s family. Zod freaks out when he discovers that Jor-El broke Kryptonian law and had a natural-born child. Is that really because Jor-El went against the rules, or is it straight-up penis envy?

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    Jared Leto’s Joker Is Jason Todd

    The most popular, and perhaps the most likely, fan theory in the entire DCEU is the idea that Jared Leto’s version of the Joker is actually Jason Todd, former Robin. Reddit user Jason-G169 was one of the first to come up with the theory, and the clues are seemingly everywhere – from the Joker’s many tattoos to his apparent youth.

    The general thinking is that Batman (Ben Affleck) failed to protect Todd from horrific treatment at the hands of the original Joker, leading him to break ranks with the Bat Family and murder the Clown Prince of Crime, before ultimately taking his place.

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    Green Lantern Isn’t In Justice League Because He’s Currently A Villain

    The most notable team member not showing up in Justice League is Hal Jordan, AKA the Green Lantern. This is likely due to the absolute disaster that 2011’s Green Lantern was at the box office, but there may be an in-story reason, too. The Hybrid Network on YouTube posted a theory that posits Hal Jordan’s absence is explained by the fact that he’s already gone evil.

    In DC Comics history, Jordan eventually snaps and murders the majority of the Green Lantern Corps due to the influence of a fear-based being known as Parallax. Could this have already happened in the DCEU? In the trailer for Justice League, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) mentions the fact that there are “no Lanterns.”

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