As the pages of time keep turning, Zack Snyder’s genius keeps brimming out of the cauldron that is the DC Extended Universe. He has recently taken to social media platforms to personally answer a lot of queries regarding his DCEU movies.
There have been many Q & A sessions online that fans have used to ask Snyder all their doubts and address their confusion. Snyder has been a good sport and has been being involved more and more with his fans. Quite recently, in fact, Snyder was asked by one of his own fans about a major Flash theory. Snyder answered it and he did it in the most epic way possible. Zack Snyder confirms Flash used [SPOILER] in BVS to time-travel!!!
Zack Snyder’s vision for the DCEU was truly epic. He wasn’t making movies that could be just labeled as a one-time watch like most of the movies produced by the DCEU’s rivals, the MCU is said to be. Each scene Snyder made was truly a cult classic. He is most remembered for the mysterious Knightmare scene. The Knightmare scene involved a bleak, dystopian future where Superman has turned evil and Batman now leads the Earth’s last remnants of the resistance against the Man of Steel.
The Knightmare scene was supposed to provide direction to the DCEU but Justice League changed the way Zack wanted the DCEU to go forever. Zack was reportedly going to direct five movies for Warner Bros. before the studio ousted him and installed the incompetent Joss Whedon to make the movie, which he did with a touch of death.
Whedon destroyed the Justice League while Zack was sidelined. Maybe this is why we have come to know about this Flash Theory only recently. Zack never got a chance to explain his own plot points that he insists he had seeded into his movies so that they could be used as plot elements in the future.
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is probably the most polarizing comic book movie ever. It not only cemented the DCEU as a dark, gritty universe that is reserved only for adult speculation, it also revolutionized the way we viewed Batman and Superman in the big screens. Even after so much time having passed since its release, BVS is still one of the greatest topics of discussion amongst the comic book fans. And Snyder is just fanning the fire.
The most enigmatic of the scenes in BVS was the Knightmare scene. And since Justice League’s course correction led to Snyder’s departure from the DCEU, it is a scene that will never be fully explained in the cinematic universe ever again. And that is why it is so interesting to dismantle.
Snyder took to his social media platform of choice, Vero, and shed some new light on this epic Flash theory from the Knightmare scene. The Director and the Godfather of the DCEU has finally answered a long-standing rumor regarding the Flash in the Knightmare scene.
The Director claims when the Flash travels back in time to warn Bruce about Lois being the Key, Barry Allen uses an iconic piece of equipment from the comic books to do so. The Flash travels back in time using the COSMIC TREADMILL. Go figure.
The Cosmic Treadmill is an artifact that allows the Flash to travel through time. Before Flash could access the Speed force energy to do it on his own, Time Travel was limited to the Scarlet Speedster running on the treadmill to reverse or fast-forward time. The exact science behind the Treadmill’s abilities is shrouded in mystery.
There have been several explanations to explain the Treadmill’s time-traveling technology. The most prevailing theory is that the Treadmill accesses the connection of the Speedster running on it, to the Speed force and focuses its energy through the time stream like a magnifying glass. But there have been exceptions that could destroy this theory’s legitimacy too.
Superman is not a speedster and has no access to the speed force. He can just exceptionally fast but he doesn’t have speed force energy flowing through his body. So why did he use the Cosmic Treadmill to travel in time once in the comic books? Like I said, the Cosmic Treadmill is shrouded in mystery and as a result, it has seldom made an appearance in modern comic books. The writers have so far decided to make the Flash just run his way through time, thus making the use of the Cosmic Treadmill redundant in the new DC Rebirth issues.
Nevertheless, Snyder has made it his life’s goal to ensure everyone realizes the true vision he had for the DC Extended Universe. Although it would be impossible to grasp the vision of a brilliant visionary like Snyder, we can still fathom just how deep his connection to the DCEU was.
Here are the pictures from Twitter confirming the news:
What does this mean?? pic.twitter.com/hRNaZP5Le0
— A boy has no name (@ItsDavery) May 20, 2018
Wtf….we were gonna see Flash on the cosmic treadmill…in the Batcave pic.twitter.com/9Zm9WiLFeZ
— A boy has no name (@ItsDavery) May 20, 2018
Obviously, Batman doesn’t pay much heed to the warning as the Flash has traveled too back in time and Bruce believes it was just a dream and the Bat Cave has been compromised. As a result, Batman moves his base of operations to Wayne Manor. The Cosmic Treadmill though is an artifact that is completely reserved for the Scarlet Speedster. There have also been other users of the Treadmill like Superman. Nevertheless, the Cosmic Treadmill‘s inclusion in the DCEU is a major, major plus point for the entire franchise. Too bad, Snyder never got a chance to explain himself.
The DCEU has had a long history of having its affairs meddled with by the Studio executives. Warner Bros. has had a horrible track record when it comes to maintaining and providing creative freedom to the Directors while making movies under their banner. This is one of the most classic examples that could be given here.
Snyder had something really beautiful planned for the DC Extended Universe. Warner Bros. had something else planned entirely. They bowed down to their rival Studios’ fans pressure and decided to do away with the visionary that started it all. Snyder created the DCEU and he had the most knowledge about the direction it should go since he was its creator.
This Flash Theory being confirmed by Snyder himself might shed some light on Warner Bros gross incompetence when it comes to handling their own movie franchises. What the Studio needs, not the DCEU, is trying to understand the fans’ demands and act accordingly. Bowing down to critic pressure and letting Zack Snyder go was the easier and cowardly thing to do.
Had Snyder been on board while making the Justice League, he could have saved this movie. As a matter of fact, it could have had a run that could have rivaled that of Avengers: Infinity war. If done right, the DCEU could have been the juggernaut that even the MCU would have started fearing.
But alas, all hopes are dashed now as Snyder has been unceremoniously let go by the WB. He has his flaws but he understands what fans want to see and how to bring it to life onto the big screen. Had he stayed, we would have seen his grand plan to fruition. Well, all we can say is get your act together DC before it’s too late.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out on DVD/Blu-ray. The official film synopsis reads:
“It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel”.