The “Knightmare Sequences” in both Batman V. Superman and Zack Snyder’s Justice League are visions of what is to come in the SnyderVerse. Of course, the SnyderVerse is dead, so really they are visions of what will never come.
If you have seen either film, you know exactly what I am talking about. The sequences feature “Knightmare Batman,” as the action figure is called, in a sun bleached, Mad Max type future. These scenes are always followed by Bruce Wayne waking up from a nap. On occasion, they are seen by a different League member like Cyborg, but they are far less in depth.
In both films, Bruce sees an unhinged Superman. And, in both films, Supes is not wearing his new black suit, not even in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The question is, why is Superman back in the classic red and blue for the Knightmare sequences, especially in what appears to be the “darkest timeline?”
Cinemablend caught up with director Zack Snyder to ask just that:
The actual full fall of Earth is maybe a year or two later [after Justice League]. And maybe longer, I don’t know. Not 10 years, probably not five years, but somewhere [around a year or two]. They’ve been on the lamb for a while. Because you can imagine that [it’s been] long enough where they’ve sort taken their eye off the Batcave as a place that they might be.
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I was shocked Superman wasn’t back in his original suit when he pulls his shirt back for the classic Superman reveal at the end of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. It does make sense that the black suit is a “phase” or it simply gets dirty before the end of the world. Can you wash a Kryptonian suit in a washing machine?
That explains it, though another explanation would be Zack didn’t know he’d get the black suit when he shot the Knightmare sequence in Batman V. Superman.
Not that any of it matters anymore.