Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen Batman V Superman. Towards the end of the film when confronted by Doomsday, Batman and Superman put aside their differences and team up with Wonder Woman to take on the powerful foe. Although the battle is mostly one-sided, the heroes triumphed and defeated Doomsday, mostly due to Kal-El’s sacrifice exposing himself to Kryptonite and taking Doomsday’s claw to the chest. After the grand funeral, and the small scale one, Superman was laid to rest as a hero. Batman speaks with Wonder Woman saying that he will get the meta-humans on Lex Luthor’s drive together, and we all know that will start the “dawn of the Justice League.”
It has been confirmed that in the upcoming Justice League movie, echoes of Superman’s death will still be a major plot point for the upcoming film. Batman specifically will be hit hard by the death of his former frenemy. Most comic films focus on the turmoil and responsibilities that heroes often go through. However, producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven stated this film will have a different theme and will motivate both Batman and Wonder Woman in different ways.
“No, I think it’s about the purpose of being a hero. And I think that Superman’s death really did make such a strong effect on Batman, and I think he really regains faith in humanity and everything that’s good. Because here’s this alien that just gave his life, for us. And I think it really changes who Batman is. And he also feels a responsibility to honor him because he didn’t feel like he did it when they were living. So I think you are seeing the elevation of these heroes in this one.”
“And what Superman did didn’t just motivate Bruce, although it was a big catalyst for him, but it also was sort of this big motivation for Diana, too. Which you get a sense of at the end of BvS.”
Now we all know that Superman can’t stay dead forever, he’s one of the main members of the Justice League in comics after all. When asked about Superman’s status in the upcoming film producer Deborah Snyder stated:
“Well obviously Superman is part of the Justice League. I mean, you know where we ended up with them. And there wouldn’t be a Justice League without Superman, but I think his way back to us … You know, I don’t really want to spoil that. But he will appear. He’ll get there.”
Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.