By the time that we meet Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman, the man will have been through some shit. This isn’t Christian Bale’s bat-in-training from Batman Begins, or even Michael Keaton’s polished hero from the Tim Burton days. This dude is at a breaking point, and it seems it’s The Joker (Jared Leto) pushing him there. So many hints dropped to the Joker in the new Batman v Superman trailer that we’re beginning to wonder: will we see the Clown Prince of Gotham in Snyder’s 2016 movie?

Note

That’s a "friendly" note sent to Bruce Wayne following the death (murder?) of countless Wayne Financial employees in the final battle from Man of Steel. Bruce, as Batman, couldn’t save them, and The Joker just wants to remind him of the amount of blood on his hands. Naturally, this reminder has Bruce all like:

Bruce Reaction

But this isn’t the only hint that Joker plays a big part in building Bruce Wayne’s broken psyche. It seems that the billionaire keeps a location stocked with memories of his past failures. Few can sting more than this. We catch a glimpse of a suit on display. It has a message from the Joker.

Batman suit

Let’s look closer. Oh, holy hell. That’s Robin’s suit, with a message from the Joker scribbled on it. "HAHAHAHA Joke’s On You, Batman!"

Robin Suit

That’s atrocious. And what’s worse, Batman KEEPS IT AROUND AS MOTIVATION! That’s a dark turn that Snyder slipped in, and it goes a long way toward informing the type of broken, beaten hero that Ben Affleck will play in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He has failed. Often. He starts to blame Superman (Henry Cavill) for his most recent failure, the death of many in Metropolis. And it sets up the epic throwdown, which will happen in theaters on March 25, 2016. But with all of these hints dropped into this second trailer, I think it's extremely likely that we will see Jared Leto's Joker before he appears in Suicide Squad later next year. What say you?

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