The commercials are coming in fast and furious for Justice League, with just a few weeks left until the big DC blockbuster arrives in theaters. Viewers have seen lots of Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and Aquaman, but you can count on one hand the amount of times Superman has shown up. Even though the character died in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, he's definitely, without question, still in the movie. This has led some to speculate on why exactly Superman is being held so close to the vest, and one of the more prominent theories is that Superman will be resurrected as a villain in Justice League.
It's always possible that Warner Bros. is trying to preserve some secrecy for moviegoers who don't regularly follow Justice League news, but there is a solid amount of evidence that Superman will turn bad in the movie. Batman V Superman predicted as much with the infamous Knightmare dream sequence, and some foreboding music from the official Justice League soundtrack involving a dark spin on Superman's classic theme also raises some questions. Something's going on with Superman, and while my gut instinct is to say that making Superman evil -- even though it's almost definitely temporary -- is a bad idea, let's look at this from both sides to see if there's any weight to Evil Superman.
Pro: It Would Be A Different Take On A Live-Action Superman
Superman is a popular fictional character, which means we've seen tons of different iterations of him in just about every form of media. His live-action movie versions -- with the exception of the current one -- are mostly the same. Christopher Reeves' Superman is as classic as they come, representing Truth, Justice, and the American Way, while Brandon Routh's is mostly (and intentionally) the same as that one. At least with a villainous Superman portrayal, there is the spark of variety to give it some merit. Superman's unflappable goodness is a bedrock of his character, but that lack of change doesn't make him any more exciting to watch. Variety is the spice of life! Maybe a temporary stint as an enemy can liven him up a bit.
Con: DCEU Superman Needs A Positive Redemption
One of the biggest pieces of criticism about the DCEU is in its portrayal of Superman. They turned THE superhero -- who stands for hope, and represents the best in all of us -- into a guy who maybe shouldn't save a school bus full of kids. This Superman seems to be less worried about saving people and more concerned about what people say about him when he does it. Superman should never be internally debating the merits of heroism, but the DCEU version spends a LOT of his screen time doing just that. It's okay for Superman to have doubts, but this one's morals have been thrown out of whack. Maybe his dirt nap was enough to reset him to factory settings, because there's nothing wrong with a little more positivity in the world.