Was That Apokolips In Batman V Superman?

by Russ Burlingame

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WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

During the much-anticipated "Knightmare" sequence in this week's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman looked out over a scorched landscape, surrounded by death and chaos.

Where was he?

Well, it's hard to say. Certainly the implication, from the groups of humans working both with Batman and for a despotic Superman, is that it's Earth. A shattered cityscape in the distance isn't recognizable, but it looks fairly human and it seemed to me like it could have been a worst-case scenario of what would happen to Earth after an invasion from powerful aliens.

Powerful aliens, like Darkseid. The lord of Apokolips wasn't seen in the film, but certainly his influence was felt, with a Mother Box in the film and also Parademons in the Knightmare sequence.

Also, what appears to be the fire pits of Apokolips in the background.

Since Batman went undercover on Apokolips to help figure out Darkseid's weaknesses in the Justice League; Origin storyline from the New 52, it's easy enough to assume that someplace with firepits, Batman in that odd desert get-up and Parademons might not actually be a destroyed and scorched Earth...but Apokolips itself.

If there's one thing that makes me think it's an Earth thing, though, it's the color palette. Batman V Superman isn't exactly a bright movie, and Darkseid's Apokolips is one of the darkest places in the DC Universe. So if I had to guess? This isn't Apokolips, but a worst-case scenario for Earth.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

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By Russ Burlingame

Russ Burlingame has been covering comics and pop culture since 1999. He has written for WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE, Comic Related, Newsarama, and more before settling in for the long haul at ComicBook.com back in 2011.