Iconic comic book artist/writer Jim Lee – who has penned classics for both Marvel and DC – has taken up the artist mantle for the current issue’s cover which features an amazing, black-and-white illustration of the Man of Steel and The Dark Knight battling it out. What’s interesting about this cover is it seems to pay homage to Frank Miller’s vision of Batman, with him decked out in his battle-ready armored batsuit. This is definitely a “collector’s item” issue – and one that is already fetching stupid amounts of dollars on ebay.
However, the cover isn’t the only special moment of the issue. If you take a look inside, there are some exclusive images from the film.
This may bother some fans and intrigue others. There’s a few die-hard fans who seem to think that we’ve been shown a little too much of the movie, and while that may seem true, let’s not forget that the film is rumored to have a 4th act. And while yes, we will see Doomsday as depicted in the last trailer, these images from the magazine seem to point towards easter eggs of what we can expect when Justice League Part One hits theaters on Nov. 17th, 2017. Plus, director Zack Snyder has hinted that there may be another big bad teased in the film and that they will eventually explore the mythology of the all powerful, un-killable Doomsday.
If you’re weary of spoilers, we suggest you look no further.
In the image above, it appears Batman – who may actually be in his “Dark Knightmare” sequence – is standing in a desert in front of Darkseid’s (the most powerful villain in the DC universe, and DC’s counterpart to Marvel’s Thanos) omega symbol, drawn into the sand. Whether this is merely an easter egg for fans or a sign of things to come remains to be seen, but it would make sense that Apokolips’ supreme monarch would show up as the big bad for Justice League Part One or two. Either Dark or Braniac.
Check out a few more images from the issue below. Batman v Superman arrives in theaters March 25.