Did You Spot The Dark Knight Returns Reference In Justice League’s Recent Teaser?


As Warner’s exhaustive Justice League campaign begins to reach its spectacular climax, the Powers That Be have been dedicating each week to a different member of the DC super-squad.

It all began with Flash Week back in October, which essentially started a chain reaction of behind-the-scenes featurettes devoted to Aquaman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman and the Caped Crusader. And though Friday signals the end of Batman Week, and Justice League‘s celebration of Día de Los Muertos, one eagle-eyed Reddit user has seemingly uncovered an Easter egg buried in last week‘s promo, which was all about the great Diana Prince.

And so, after a brief introduction to DC’s Immortal Warrior, the footage above cuts to Diana and Bruce Wayne tossing around ideas for the Justice League of America, and if you’re at all familiar with The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller’s two-part masterpiece from ’86, then you’ll recognize Ben Affleck’s tan jacket.

It isn’t one to stop the presses, but as we’ve learned from the director’s work on Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder tends to incorporate an array of carefully planned Easter eggs whenever possible, and one need only look to the inclusion of Marc McClure (AKA Jimmy Olsen) for further evidence of that. He’ll feature in and around Metropolis on November 17th, and will seemingly bear witness to Cyborg (Ray Fisher) in action.

Justice League makes a beeline for theaters on November 17th, and when it does, it’ll reportedly collect around $120 million at the domestic box office. That figure is significantly lower than Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman‘s respective openings, though we fully expect word of mouth to have a marked effect on Justice League‘s initial takings – for better or worse. Stay tuned for more on that front.