Superman's Son Would Become Batman In Justice League Sequel, Snyder Says
Can you imagine a Kent wearing the cape and cowl?
At one point, the movie that would become Zack Snyder's Justice League was set to be the start of a trilogy with all kinds of spin-off movies. Things have changed since then, with Snyder saying he's not looking to do comic book movies again, but the director had the rough sketches laid out. One of the strangest twists would've put a Kent beneath Batman's cape and cowl, Snyder said in an interview with Vanity Fair.
There was a quick shot in Justice League of Lois Lane's pregnancy test, as yet unopened and unused, but with pretty clear implications: in Zack Snyder's Justice League, Lois may well have been pregnant with Kal-El's son.
A new Batman was to replace Bruce Wayne in one of the sequels, Snyder explained. "It was going to be Lois and Superman's son," he said. "He doesn't have any powers, and then he was going to end up being the new Batman."
Snyder continued, explaining that a flash-forward scene would've had Lois and Clark taking their son to the Batcave, where they tell him about Bruce's life.
"Twenty years later, on the anniversary of [Batman's] death, they take young Bruce Kent down to the Batcave and they say, 'Your Uncle Bruce would've been proud if you did this.' Anyway, something like that," Snyder said.
Earlier in the planning process, Snyder had at one point paired together Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane after Superman died fighting Doomsday, right down to the speech he'd make to Alfred.
"I never had a life outside the cave. I never imagined a world for me beyond this. But this woman makes me think that if I can get this group of gods together, then my job is done. I can quit. I can stop," Snyder had Bruce saying. The couple would realize that resurrecting Superman was the only way to save the world, so Bruce would have to give up this path. Warner Bros. executives ultimately said no to this storyline before it even got started.
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