For the second year in a row, Warner has released a Comic-Con trailer for their upcoming DC film Justice League. While the trailer is highly exciting and truly epic, there is one moment that has most fans scratching their heads. Just who is Jeremy Iron’s Alfred talking to at the end of the trailer?
In the final moments of the new Justice League trailer, we see Alfred working on the engine of a car outside at night when someone suddenly appears. A figure stands at the edge of the frame and Alfred looks up. “They said you’d come,” he says, looking up at a mystery character. “Let’s hope you’re not too late.”
Who is he talking to? There are many who consider the use of the word “hope” as an indication that it is Superman resurrected from the dead. However, it could be someone else. Here is a list of other possibilities.
There have been many rumours that Supergirl will join the DCEU in Man of Steel 2, but what if she already shows up here? We know that there was an abandoned pod in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude in Man of Steel. We know that Kara Zor-El exists in this universe (there was even a prequel comic book to back this up). We also know that Steppenwolf knows about the planet’s Kryptonian protector and perhaps even what his powers and abilities under a yellow sun are. What if instead of the mind-controlled Superman as a bad guy we get a mind-controlled Supergirl instead? What if Darkseid is using her as a weapon against the others? What if that’s his trump card? Perhaps she is the key to resurrecting Superman. When you sit back and think about it, it really isn’t that impossible. Also, what if it is a hologram of Supergirl that Bruce Wayne is looking at in the Batcave? The figure’s legs look a lot thinner than Superman’s legs.
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The trailer teases the existence of the Green Lantern Corps when Steppenwolf describes Earth as vulnerable since it has “No Lanterns” and “No Kryptonian.” There are many images that have popped up on the net with fans swearing that they see a tint of green in Alfred’s glasses and a glowing green figure underneath one of the flying crafts. Could it be that the Lanterns have come to save the day? Perhaps we will see Abin Sur. Perhaps his death will give way to Hal Jordan and setup the Green Lantern film.
The end of the Justice League Trailer, it's Martian Manhunter that Alfred seeing- check the glasses you can see green, blue and a Red Cross pic.twitter.com/b7WN1pn5qC
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There are many who claim that they see a figure that resembles Martian Manhunter in Alfred’s glasses. My eyesight isn’t that great, but I don’t see it. Still, knowing Batman, and the fact that he foresaw the impending danger to the planet, it won’t be a big leap to assume that Bruce called for help from the stars. Martian Manhunter is almost synonymous with the Justice League and has been part of the team in the comic books for years. There has even been a petition for the character to be included into the film. Did the fans get an answer?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a very bizarre sequence that somehow fits into the bigger plan for the franchise. Flash appears to a sleeping Bruce Wayne and foretells of a doomed future. He repeatedly states “Lois Lane is the key” and that she must be saved. He also says Bruce “was right about him” and that he needs to find “them” before disappearing off screen. Perhaps Bruce told Alfred about this strange experience and told him that Flash could return to warn them or help them later again. Maybe that dash of red is from his red suit. Maybe that glowing green or blue is from the lightning.
This one seems a bit of a stretch but since DC is starting to setup the Shazam films (releasing Apr 5, 2019) it could very well be true. Maybe he already exists in this universe and Batman kept the seventh meta-human a secret from the rest of the group. Shazam, also known as Captain Marvel, is one of DC’s most popular superheroes, but this will be the first time he’s appeared in a feature-length, big-screen, live-action movie. Since Justice League is setting up a lot more of the universe, an introduction to the character and his abilities are in order.
In the end, it’s probably a safer bet to go with Superman. It’s a lot more likely that Superman is the mysterious hero Alfred is talking to. However, there are a few questions that remain unanswered. Like, why would Superman visit Alfred? Why wouldn’t he go directly to the fight? And what’s with the strange sound effect? Why would the water vibrate?
Justice League fans will have to wait until the movie hits theatres to find out which theory is right. The film will be released Nov. 17.