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A League Of Our Own
At the time of Justice League's release, the future of the DC Extended Universe is a touch sketchy. James Wan's Aquaman is now in post-production, David S. Sandberg is working on Shazam, and Patty Jenkins is developing Wonder Woman 2, but everything else is a big question mark -- including Justice League 2. As of now we don't know when it will be that the legendary superhero team will be regrouping, but if the second Justice League end credits scene is a hint, then it will probably feature a major supervillain team-up.
The sequence begins in an unidentified facility, though going by the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice we can assume that it is Arkham Asylum. The inmates are being let out of their cells by the guards, but at the end of the hall one prisoner -- sporting a gleaming shaved head -- doesn't move. A guard identifies him as Lex Luthor, telling him to get moving, but when he is turned around we discover that it is actually a completely different bald crazy person, who begins to hysterically laugh.
Cutting away, we learn where Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) really is. Out in what seems like the middle of the ocean, a speedboat carrying a masked, sword-wielding figure makes its way towards a yacht that is parked in the water. When it arrives and the man de-boards, we see that it is DC Comics fan-favorite Slade Wilson a.k.a. Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello), who has evidently agreed to a meeting with the psychotic genius, still sporting the cue ball look. Relaxing on a sofa, Lex remarks that he is celebrating god's return, and discusses the fact that the heroes of the world have begun teaming up. Deathstroke takes off his mask, revealing that he has the classic white hair and eyepatch look from the comics. Lex makes the argument that they should "level the playing field," and proposes that they do so by forming "a league of our own."
For those of you who may be a bit confused, Lex isn't suggesting the formation of an all-female baseball team, but rather a group of intelligent supervillains who can come together and presumably both defeat the Justice League and take over the world. While it's not explicitly stated, it looks like the scene is teasing the birth of a sinister cadre -- though it's unclear exactly which specific unit from the comics we can expect.
There are a few options on the table, including the Legion of Doom the Injustice Gang, and the Secret Society of Super Villains, but given the wording used, seeing the big screen formation of the Injustice League seems likely in the future. Like the other groups, a big part of the roster is finding specific villains who will match-up against specific members of the Justice League -- though obviously exactly what the DC Extended Universe is cooking up is currently a total mystery.
That said, we may be able to pluck out some possible answers just looking at DC's upcoming slate. For example, Aquaman's most notorious villain, Black Manta, is scheduled to make his feature film debut in next December's Aquaman solo movie; and we're keeping our fingers crossed that Cheetah might find her way into the scheduled Wonder Woman 2. We could see a speedster villain from The Flash: Flashpoint play a larger DCEU, and if they add Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and maybe even Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam into the mix (all rumored to appear in Suicide Squad 2) alongside Lex Luthor and Deathstroke, you have a fairly formidable lineup.
Of course, one major factor in the mystery is exactly when we could see this team come together in the next few years, and all of the movies that come out between now and then. It would make sense for this idea to fully form in a Justice League 2, but that particular project doesn't currently have a release date, nor did it even appear on the slate of titles presented by Warner Bros. at this past summer's San Diego Comic-Con. Basically, we may not see the live-action version of the Injustice League (or whatever it is ultimately called) until the early to mid-2020s.
What did you think of the Justice League post-credits scenes? Who do you think will win the Flash vs. Superman race? Who do you want to see sign up for Lex Luthor's supervillain team other than Deathstroke? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts!
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