Time for a superhero rumor with some… legs! (OK, sorry. That was horrible. I’ll stop now. On with the show.)

Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been busy filming in and around Detroit for weeks now. And they haven’t been hiding their presence. Onlookers have picked up photos of Metropolis and Gotham helicopters, and even photos of Ben Affleck’s aging Bruce Wayne as he springs into action to (we think) save civilians from a crumbling building. No image, though, has created as much of an uproar as the one Batman-News.com shares. Click here to see a photo of Batman v. Superman co-star Scoot McNairy and his… socks.

Yes, the Argo co-star was photographed smoking a cigarette and checking his phone, allegedly between takes. But when you scan down, you see that Scoot McNairy is wearing socks over his calves that suggest his legs will be altered in post-production, the way green-screen technology allows a filmmaker to manipulate an image. And the Internet took this particular baton and ran with it, on legs cloaked in mysterious green material.

Some guesses were obvious. Some were extreme. One really made sense. So we wanted to take the time and discuss then possibilities. What do Scoot McNairy’s green socks mean? Who might he be playing in Batman v. Superman? Let’s try and figure it out.

Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing
Early on, after he was cast, Scoot McNairy’s name was associated with that of Dick Grayson – Batman’s longtime partner who endured several hardships due to the Caped Crusader’s crime-fighting ways. In the comics, after fighting alongside Batman for years, Grayson eventually assumed the mantle of Nightwing, fighting crime on his own. Here’s where McNairy could fit in. Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman projects deeper down Bruce Wayne’s timeline, as we know. We won’t endure a fresh origin story. Wayne will already have been Batman for a long time. In fact, there had been rumors that Ben Affleck’s Batcave will contain a memorial to a tattered Robin costume. Perhaps we’ll learn that Dick Grayson was physically damaged fighting alongside Batman, and that these injuries forced him out of the crime-fighting life? Maybe McNairy plays a psychologically damaged Dick Grayson, and Robin’s legs will be mangled (digitally, in post-production)? It’s nothing more than a hunch, but I kind of like it more than the obvious answer, which we’ll discuss next.

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