Zack Snyder Talks Dead Robin, Teases Darkseid in Justice League

As Batman v Superman continues to dominate the global box office (it added $7.7 million on Thursday in North America for a domestic total of $209 million), we can confirm that justice has dawned and in just ten days, cameras will officially roll on the long-awaited Justice League movie. Speaking with The Empire Film Podcast, director Zack Snyder was asked about the film’s previously-teased villain Darkseid and offered a brief teaser.

“Maybe he exists out there in the universe,” Snyder facetiously said. “Maybe he’s looking for something. Something that is against life?”

That “thing” of course would be the Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid’s ultimate goal in the universe. The Anti-Life Equation is a formula that allows someone to control all sentient beings in the universe.

A further tease for Justice League came from the viral marketing of Batman v Superman‘s LexCorp, which “announced” they would be “temporarily suspending it’s global operations.” Lex Luthor even provided a comment, saying: “Ding, ding, ding, ding. Are we entering the second round?”

Speaking of something against life, Snyder also spoke to IGN about the dead Robin suit seen in the film and presented his thoughts on when he thinks the Boy Wonder met his end.

“In my mind, it was that Robin had died about 10 years earlier in some run-in with a young Joker,” Snyder said. “So there was an interest to me, sort of a fun backstory to play with. I felt like the whole idea was there had been loss and there had been sacrifice. In a weird way he’s sacrificed everything to be Batman, he doesn’t really have a life outside the cave. I thought that by including a dead Robin it was helping us understand he’s been on quite a little journey.”

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot star as the DC Trinity, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in Justice League with Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as The Flash. Amber Heard is set to play Queen Mera in the film as well before moving to the solo Aquaman movie in 2018, with J.K. Simmons set to appear as Commissioner Gordon. Justice League filming will take place in London and Iceland and will debut in theaters on November 10, 2017.