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Small Foreshadowing Details In DC Movies That Fans Noticed

List RulesVote up the most clever examples of foreshadowing in DC movies.

Despite Marvel's massive success that's happening now with the MCU, DC and Warner Bros. have been making amazing movies off DC Comics' characters for decades. The first successful comic book film belongs solely to DC, and it's possible that there wouldn't even be an MCU had it not been for 1978's Superman. Since that movie came out 40+ years ago, comic book films have prospered, and DC has made a ton of them.

Because comic book and movie fans are an inquisitive bunch, plenty of people have noticed interesting foreshadowing details in the movies. One scene that leads to another may go by unnoticed by most viewers, but some eagle-eyed fans who post their findings on the MovieDetails subreddit know what they truly mean. 

Check out this list of foreshadowing details from DC movies down below, and if you find one that you particularly enjoyed, make sure to give it an upvote to see which one rises to the top!

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    The Joker's Playing Card Foretold Where He Would Be Shot

    The Joker's playing card in Batman had a small foreshadowing reference to a trauma that would occur later in the film, as noticed by Redditor u/StormfistMusic:

    In Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), Jack Napier pulls a Joker card from his lucky deck. The card has a hole next to the figure’s mouth, referencing when he is later shot in the cheeks by his own ricocheting bullet.

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    33 VOTES

    The Joker Hinted At His True Intent In 'The Dark Knight'

    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros.

    When the Joker is being interrogated in The Dark Knight, he foreshadows what's going to happen by saying precisely what he meant, as noticed by u/HolyNoive:

    In The Dark Knight (2008) during the Joker interrogation scene, the Joker makes the Batman choose between Harvey and Rachel, and actually explains to the Batman that he's going to have to choose who dies. By choosing Rachel (thinking he'll be saving her), he's choosing her to die instead.

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    The Shadows Gave Away Selina Kyle's Future

    Tim Burton is one of the most masterful visual directors of all time, and it's no surprise that he would manipulate the light and shadows to foreshadow something important, as Redditor u/TheHumanFly333 pointed out:

    In Batman Returns (1992) the shadow of Selina Kyle's glasses (literally) foreshadows her transformation into Catwoman.

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    In 'Joker,' Arthur's Notebook Foreshadows Events Later In The Film

    Arthur's notebook held many secrets in Joker and as Redditor u/Aditya-Zunder pointed out, they foretold something that occurs later in the movie:

    In Joker 2019, in his diary(at the start) it talks about him dying on the sidewalk...which is the same topic he talks to Murray about "if it was me dying on the sidewalk you'd just walk over me."

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