Justice League: Knightmare Batman & Joker Tease Explained By Comics

The appearance of Joker and Batman in Zack Snyder’s future Justice League Knightmare teases an adaptation of Batman RIP and Final Crisis.

The return of Ben Affleck’s Batman and Jared Leto’s Joker in Zack Snyder’s Knightmare future League of Justice appears to be based on the comics, more specifically, Grant Morrison Batman RIP Zack snyder Justice Leagume It promises to be more than an expanded embodiment of the director’s original vision. The addition of Jared Leto’s Darkseid, Deathstroke, and Joker proves that the HBO Max 2021 release will tie together various storylines from the original plans for the DCEU, and new photos suggest it will be more comical than expected.

Batman RIP follows an overconfident Bruce Wayne who is tormented by Black Glove, an organization of villains that infiltrates Bruce Wayne’s intimate life to destroy Batman from the inside out. The Black Glove is run by Dr. William Hurt, the mastermind who eventually manages to “kill” Batman without literally having to end his life. This story takes place during the events of Final Crisis, the event where “the day evil won” and Darkseid (apparently) kills Batman.

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Ben Affleck and Jared Leto shot around five minutes of new images for Zack Snyder League of Justice, and new images shared by the director reveal that these scenes take place in the future of Knightmare. The footage hints at a reunion between Batman and a scruffy Joker in a prison cell or dungeon, with the latter presenting the hero with a bloodstained Joker card. This looks a lot like opening Batman RIP, where Joker taunts Batman by giving him a “Dead Man’s Hand”. Despite Batman’s cunning, Joker intellectually defies Batman by foreshadowing his demise in an ambiguous way, which the Clown Prince of Crime, at this point, assumes will come from the hands of William Hurt and the Black Glove. What neither of them know is that this prophecy is finally fulfilled by Darkseid, who defeats Batman with his Omega Sanction on Final Crisis.

Jared Leto's Joker in Zack Snyder's Justice League and the Joker in Batman RIP

Although Batman’s death in Final Crisis is actually accidental time travel, the Joker scene in Zack Snyder League of Justice seems to establish the actual death of the caped crusader. Batman and Joker appearance in Knightmare’s future could happen before Superman kills Batman as seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Joker could be treating Batman the Dead Man’s Hand as a warning that Superman will kill him. But if the scene takes place in an alternate Knightmare timeline, the Batman RIP could translate to Joker mocking Batman about Superman not knowing that Darkseid will be the one to kill him, reflecting Batman’s sacrifice in Final Crisis.

Batman will not hesitate to sacrifice himself to save Lois Lane, who has become the only person who could save Superman from succumbing to Darkseid’s Anti-Life Equation. Where exactly Joker’s appearance takes place and how he fits into the rest of the movie will only be revealed when Zack Snyder League of Justice releases on HBO Max. But if the similarities between Batman RIP And the Knightmare visuals weren’t enough, the bloodstain on the Joker card provides the perfect opportunity for Zack Snyder to reference the comedian’s smiling face from his own 2009 adaptation of Watchmen.

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