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Ever since San Diego Comic-Con 2013, when David S. Goyer hinted at a confrontation between Batman and Superman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel follow-up, fans have been wondering one simple thing: what could lead the two great superheroes to fight one another? Fans have speculated endlessly about possible answers to that question, but if a new report can be believed, then a big piece of the puzzle has just been revealed.
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This hot rumor comes to us from Badass Digest, and it's rather timely given that we just saw Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor revealed earlier today. If their sources can be believed, then Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice can be expected to feature an elegant twist on the story of Frank Miller's classic arc The Dark Knight Returns, and feature Henry Cavill's Superman being sent in to Gotham to try and control Ben Affleck's Batman at the behest of Lex Luthor (this is a big change-up from Miller's story, where the red, white and blue hero was working as an agent of the United States government). It's being kept hush-hush exactly why Lex is interested in sending Supes to take care of this mission, but evidently the alien "comes out swinging" when he meets the Caped Crusader. And by that, the story means that he will be flying down and taking out the Batmobile with one punch.
What's interesting about this new development is the fact that's it's kind of the opposite direction than the ones fans have been expecting in the wake of Man of Steel. Many have presumed that it would be Batman coming after Superman following the destruction of Metropolis, and potentially teaming up with Lex Luthor in order to do so. This new rumored direction is equally interesting, though it will require more narrative leg work (explaining what Lex Luthor's angle and motivation).
Do you believe this story, and if so, do you think it is the best direction for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to go in? Hit the comments with your thoughts, and look for the film in theaters on March 25, 2016.