Spoiler alert: This post contains major spoilers for Justice League.?
As far as superhero movies go, Justice League runs a very reasonable length. But it makes use of all of its 119 minutes, squeezing in not one but two extra scenes in the credits.?
One is a fun little moment between two characters, while the other teases something far more sinister. Here's what we make of the Justice League end credits scenes.
1. Superman races the Flash
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What happens: Superman and the Flash are standing on a gravel road in a grassy field. "Thanks for doing this," says the Flash.?
The two have a bet going about who can run faster, and they're hashing out the stakes. "If I win, Bruce said something about you having to take us all to brunch," says Superman, much to the Flash's irritation.
It's time to pick a direction. "I've never seen the Pacific," says the Flash. With that, the two are off. We don't get to see how it ends.
What it means: The race itself probably doesn't amount to anything of consequence. It's just a nice moment for these characters – as well as a wink to the chartph.comics, where these two have raced each other a number of times. (We usually don't find out who wins those races, either.)
Oh, and the "brunch" line is a cute callback to an earlier scene, in which Barry Allen told Bruce Wayne that he doesn't really "get" brunch. Yep, it's Batman trolling the Flash by way of Superman.
2. Deathstroke meets Lex Luthor
What happens: An Arkham Asylum guard approaches a cell, in which a bald man is standing and staring at the wall. "Come on, Luthor, let's go," says the guard. But when the prisoner turns around, it turns out to be some random person who is definitely not Lex Luthor Jr.
Cut to the water, where we see a speedboat heading toward a yacht. When the single passenger boards the bigger ship, we see that it's a man in black and orange armor: Deathstroke.
Deathstroke heads inside, where he finds Lex – still bald, but changed out of his prison garb in to an expensive suit – sitting on a couch surrounded by people. "There he is," says Lex.?
Lex starts talking to Deathstroke about the Justice League, and then ends his little speech with a proposition: "Shouldn’t we have a league of our own?"
What it means: Presumably, the two villains are about to join forces. Their team-up has precedent in the chartph.comics – in the Infinite Crisis storyline, Deathstroke was a key member of Lex's society of supervillains, along with Black Adam, Talia al Ghul, Dr. Psycho, and more.
However, it's unclear when we'll see them together again onscreen. Deathstroke was to appear in the solo Batman film (the clip above is test footage shared by Ben Affleck back when he still planned to direct). As of now, though, that project seems to be in limbo.
Likewise, Lex feels like a natural fit for another Superman adventure – but we don't have any word on when, or even if, a Man of Steel sequel is happening.
Perhaps it's a tease for Black Adam, since we know that's in the works. Or Suicide Squad 2, since that's another supervillain team-up. Maybe it's for an as-yet-unannounced Justice League sequel, and DC is playing the long game.
Point is, it's a tease for something. But for what, we don't know.