Scoot McNairy has spent the last few years establishing himself as a gifted actor, regularly appearing in a wide variety of different projects and displaying an ability to play a wide variety of roles. This is part of the reason why we’re so curious about the part that he’s taking on in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as his skills would allow him to play any number of different characters from the world of DC Comics. Now that a few more clues are on the table, however, we’ve started to narrow down exactly what kind of role we will get to see him in.

As we reported yesterday, I recently had the chance to sit down with Scoot McNairy for an interview about his new movie, Our Brand Is Crisis, and during our conversation he dropped two significant hints about his part: it’s a character that "lends itself to the story being told," and he didn’t have to sign a multi-picture contract. Keeping this in mind, as well as other evidence from the last few months (what’s up with those green socks?) we’ve come up with a list of three potential role types that McNairy could be playing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
He’s A Flashback Character
We already know that Zack Snyder will be playing with flashbacks a little in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - as the trailer depicts the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne - so it’s not unreasonable to believe that perhaps Scoot McNairy plays a character who winds up playing a significant role in the past lives of one of the movie’s central figures.

The tricky part of this theory is that linking McNairy’s character to any of the main stars – be it Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman or even Lex Luthor – means that the character really could exist in multiple different eras. If he is somehow related to the Man of Steel or the Dark Knight, there’s a possibility that his scenes could be set in the very recent past, but if he has a history with the Amazon Princess that means he could have lived out his adult years during World War II. Regardless of who he is connected to, however, the larger point is that a flashback featuring the actor could be both very plot specific and keep the character locked in time and away from the future of the DC Cinematic Universe.

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