The significance of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in mapping out the future of the DC Extended Universe is huge. Zack Snyder’s film will launch Warner Bros’ slate of superhero films and introduce us to iconic characters like Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg.
From what we’ve seen already, we know that the Caped Crusader and Man of Steel settle their differences in order to overcome the villain Doomsday, created by Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor.
However, that’s not the only antagonist Lex is responsible for as a new theory — courtesy of Screen Rant (via Squareeyed) — has emerged suggesting that the Lex/OS operating system advertised in the Dawn of Justice viral campaign is actually teasing the introduction of Brainiac to the DCEU. The campaign teases the “age of machines that will think for us, freeing up human brain power to tackle the world’s bigger questions.”
In the comics, Brainiac is a powerful, ancient Kryptonian with superior artificial intelligence, thus making him a formidable foe for Superman and the Justice League. It looks as though this could be DC’s answer to Ultron as an advanced artificial intelligence being set to take on a band of superheroes.
Screen Rant’s take on it was this: “It is already well known that Zack Snyder has opted to change the origin of DC villain Doomsday for Batman V Superman, so the natural question then becomes whether or not Lex/OS will eventually evolve into another DC character, such as Brainiac. While Brainiac’s canonical comic origins are that of an alien android, Snyder’s revamping of the Doomsday backstory sets a possible precedent for a rewrite of Brainiac’s arrival as well. Speculation has long abounded of Brainiac’s presence in the upcoming Justice League movie, and if that ends up being the case, it would make sense that the character’s origins be introduced via a subplot in Dawn of Justice.”
It makes sense for Lex Luthor to create Brainiac in the same way he did Doomsday. Considering that Doomsday will most likely be defeated at the end of Dawn of Justice, Justice League will need villains to contend with. We’re already expecting the introduction of Darkseid, but there may well be room for Brainiac too, especially considering that Justice League will be a two-part movie.
We’re hearing whispers that Lex’s software may come from captured Kryptonian tech… so we think there’s certainly something to this.
What do you think of this theory? Would you be excited to see Brainiac in the future of the DC Universe? Let us know!