Warner Bros. executive Daniel Alter has sent geek forums into overdrive by tweeting a nugget of plot info from Batman vs. Superman that seemingly reveals where we find Batman at the beginning of the film.
Alter tweeted that the new film will pick up with a semi-retired Batman who has left the streets some time ago, and is using a group of drones to do his crime-fighting for him.
Can't wait for #BatmanvsSuperman .. #batfleck semi-retired/not speaking to Robin anymore.. Controlling drones from the batcave. November 15, 2013
The idea of Bat-drones has been seen a number of times in the comic-books, with Bruce using his extensive wealth to develop a technological way of lightening his crime-fighting load.
In terms of the film, we’d imagine the drones will make a fleeting appearance at the beginning of the film before Bruce hauls himself out of retirement to return to the streets of Gotham and / or Metropolis.
It could of course be the case that Alter is deliberately firing misinformation out into the ether in order to throw fans off the scent, but this does seem like a logical starting point for a film attempting to distance itself from the story told by Chris Nolan in the Dark Knight trilogy.
Directed by Snyder, Man Of Steel will open in the US on 17 July 2015.