WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Brightburn, in theaters now.
As much as fans might have hoped for a silver lining, Brightburn's take on an evil Superboy really doesn't end well for the small Kansas town in which Brandon Breyer (Jackson A. Dunn) was raised in a fashion mirroring the Man of Steel. After killing his parents and cutting his final tether to humanity, Brandon razes the town to start his global conquest, embrace the role of destroyer that his alien brethren intended for him.
However, as the end credits roll we're shown clips of a YouTube vlogger, who blows open the lid on superpowered beings on Earth, planting seeds for a potential dark superhero cinematic universe, while offering a shadowy take on another prominent player in the DC Extended Universe.
This comes courtesy of The Big T, played by Guardians of the Galaxy's Michael T. Rooker, a frequent collaborator of producer James Gunn. Paranoid and ranting about mainstream media, The Big T reveals the world has a lot more to fear than Brandon.
His clips portray Brandon as a potential home-grown terrorist, rather than the weapon of a foreign government. The Big T comes off as a crackpot, but he possesses footage of Brandon reign of terror, and argues that world wars will follow once another country authorizes a first strike.
We see quick grainy clips of the U.S. government housing what appears to be metahumans or experiments in facilities akin to Guantanamo Bay. Footage even hints that officials have militarized witches, and have been harboring them for centuries, and that other shadow-ops divisions have been stocking up on aliens and their technology at Area 51. That may seem like the rantings of a conspiracy theorist, until The Big T plays another clip of a sinister version of Aquaman attacking submarines in China's waters.
The videos are grainy and intended to be obscure, but this end-credits sequence may very well set up a sequel or spinoffs. We're not suggesting every being found here is a tyrant or threat to humanity like Brandon, but there's potential to create antiheroes or simply tell more dark superhero stories.
Ultimately, this may all have been a tease just to show the state of panic the world goes into when Brandon becomes fully unhinged, but it's still a potential route Gunn and his creative team can follow to continue subverting the mythos on your average superhero.
Directed by David Yarovesky, Brightburn is produced by James Gunn and written by Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn. The film stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, Steve Agee, Becky Wahlstrom and Stephen Blackehart.