With the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just over a month away, the marketing machine is at full-throttle. Away from the usual trailers and TV spots, one of the more interesting endeavours is a tie-in with Dr Pepper, and with certain character-branded cans of the drink come access codes to prequel comic books, exploring what happened in the weeks and months leading up to the events of the movie. These revolve around Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, and Senator Finch, and all of them feature some very surprising reveals about both this release and the DC Extended Universe in general. The past couple of years have seen a lot of spoilers for the movie do the rounds of course, and these comics both confirm and debunk a number of those as well as offering some insight into the motivations of many of the new characters. Not to mention a much needed look at what makes the brand new Caped Crusader tick. Is he really the killer that some recent reports have indicated? That question and many more have now been answered, and here you will find the seven biggest reveals from the leaked comic books (which, inevitably, are already being taken down). Needless to say, as much as that recent trailer for Batman v Superman appeared to reveal, it seems as if there are still plenty of surprises on the way.
7. Batman’s Brutal Reign Of Terror
When a couple of crooks team up with Firefly to burn down a factory, they quickly get to talking about Batman. Revealing that he stuck to the shadows in the early days of his career, taking out criminals before they even saw him, they go on to mention that he’s changed, becoming more violent and making his presence felt to those he comes to in contact with. While it initially appears as if the thing which altered the Dark Knight’s perspective may have been the death of Jason Todd, it instead sounds as if Batman has actually ramped up his war on crime since the battle between Superman and General Zod in Metropolis. The duo speculate that seeing that sort of destruction has led to the him becoming more determined to ensure something like that never happens in Gotham City, and that is emphasised by the way Batman later takes down Firefly in a swift and brutal fashion. In fact, Batman is so violent that a flashback reveals he crippled someone, and while the two guys doing all this talking quickly surrender to him, they still find themselves beaten to a pulp. It’s no wonder then that the Man of Steel feels like he needs to interject in this one man war on crime when Batman v Superman kicks off. This comic also appears to debunk recent reports of Batman being a killer too.