WARNING: The following articles contains spoilers for director Zack Snyder’s Justice League, in theaters now.
Justice League finally brings together the key heroes of the DC Extended Universe following four films’ worth of setup and teasing. DC Comics fans are no doubt elated to finally see Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash together in their live-action glory, but this is a superhero movie in 2017. While Justice League has impressed critics more than Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s one thing audiences will be mulling over until the next film arrives: those end-credits scenes.
So, what did directors Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon hide away in the recesses of Justice League, and what does it mean for the future of the DCEU? Let’s dig into the scenes and speculate about what it all might mean.
The mid-credits scene looks to answer an age-old question: Who’s faster, The Flash or Superman? The scene starts with Ezra Miller’s The Flash and Henry Cavill’s Superman on a road in the middle of nowhere, preparing for a cross-country race. The ground rules are set: If Superman wins, Barry must take the Justice League out to brunch (Barry mentions early in the film that things like brunch make him deeply uneasy, as he just can’t understand the motivations of most people). If Barry wins, however, he gets to boast to everyone that he beat Superman in a race.
While neither Justice League member seems to consider the race a competition, the moment is nonetheless dramatic. The scene cuts off right as the two lunge forward, so no conclusive winner can be determined. The question of who’s faster has plagued comic book readers for ages. A similar race in Superman Vol. 1 #199 resulted in a tie, but subsequent races have shown that the various Scarlet Speedsters throughout the years have the potential to blast past the Man of Steel when push comes to shove.
Whoever the winner might be in Justice League, this is surely a scene that will pay off in future films, whether that be Barry talking about how badly he beat Superman or Clark recalling that one, very special serving of Eggs Benedict (with a slice of humble pie).
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