Biggest unanswered questions in Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a whole heck of a lot going on during its 153-minute runtime, and naturally, director Zack Snyder had to leave a few plot threads dangling after the closing credits. It was awesome seeing the Man of Steel, Dark Knight, and Princess Diana of Themyscira fighting alongside one another, but we've still got a lot of questions left about Batman v Superman and the future of the Justice League. As you'd expect, there are some spoilers ahead.

Why did Bruce have to call in to evacuate the Wayne Financial Building?

There's a giant structure boring into the Earth right outside the window, with a couple of angry aliens flying around and knocking down nearby skyscrapers, but no one thinks to flee until the big boss calls in to tell them it's okay to go home? We love our jobs too, but you'd better believe we'd be hightailing it home at the first sign of a superpowered throwdown.

What's the story with Bruce's Bat-vision?

Hunkered over his supercomputer in the Batcave, Bruce is suddenly struck with a nightmare vision of the future in which cities have been lain to waste and the skies are polluted with nasty flying minions of a dark overlord (it's Darkseid, but we won't see him until later). After the vision ends, he's suddenly back at his desk, where a guy Bruce has never seen (Ezra Miller's Flash, in a confusing cameo) materializes out of thin air to tell him "Lois Lane is the key" and "you were right about him all along." It doesn't really connect to anything else in the movie and Bruce doesn't seem to think about it after it's over. That moment probably plays into events depicted in the upcoming Justice League movie, but it sticks out like a sore thumb here.

Who's paying for Batman's collateral damage?

For a guy whose beef with Superman stems from a casual disregard for other people's property (and lives), Batman leaves an ironic amount of collateral damage in his wake. We're talking specifically about his pursuit of the White Portuguese cargo, which leaves a lot of presumably innocent bystanders calling their insurance companies the next morning. You obviously can't have a Batman movie without a good chase sequence for the Batmobile, but given this film's underlying themes, his actions here seem a little hypocritical.

Why didn't Bruce know more about Wallace Keefe?

Scoot McNairy's character, a former Wayne employee named Wallace Keefe, plays into Luthor's plans by testifying against Superman in front of the Congressional committee headed by Senator Finch (Holly Hunter). But when Wallace shows up on TV saying he was left with "nothing" after the attacks, Bruce is caught off guard, because the company's been sending him disability checks. Turns out Keefe sent them all back, but wouldn't Bruce at least have been advised about this at some point?

What's Lex Luthor's motivation?

Jesse Eisenberg's Luthor is clearly a few cards short of a deck, but that doesn't excuse a glaring hole where his motivation for trying to get rid of Superman should be. If anything, he seems angered by the idea that someone else on the planet could have absolute power, but once Luthor realizes that Kryptonite is Superman's mortal weakness, it's obvious that his power is no longer absolute. At one point, Luthor argues that if God is all good, he can't be all-powerful, and if he's all-powerful, he can't be all good, which he seems to use as justification for killing Superman. But doesn't the whole Kryptonite thing undermine his entire argument? And for that matter, why would an alleged genius like Luthor (who obviously has knowledge of, and plans for, the planet's so-called "metahumans") tip his hand against Batman and Superman so early?

What's Wonder Woman's story?

This is obviously going to be at least partly addressed in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, but Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice raises a few tantalizing questions about the Amazonian warrior. Why does she have to fly commercial and use ATMs, for one thing? And who's standing next to her in that old photo from 1918?

Is Superman the world's biggest celebrity, or no big deal?

At various points in the movie, Superman goes from being mobbed by adoring fans and angry mobs to being able to just stand around in the street and smooch Lois Lane without anyone so much as saying hello. Metropolis is supposed to be DC's stand-in for New York, where celebrities walk around all the time, but a little consistency would be nice.

Why would Aquaman reveal himself to a surveillance camera?

We can definitely understand wanting some privacy. But a guy who's been around as long as Aquaman should realize that straight-up destroying a video camera with his mighty trident will probably result in a massive increase of visitors to his underwater kingdom.

Why did Superman leave Zod's ship intact?

Clearly, the relationship between Superman and the U.S. government is strained at best during Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he'd need to be careful about laying waste to alien wreckage that's been gated off and turned into a high-security crime scene of sorts. But knowing what he knows about Kryptonian technology, Superman would have to understand the risks involved in just leaving Zod's toys laying around in his own backyard. He probably should have found a few moments during the 18 months after Man of Steel to use some of his powers to disable the stuff on the ship (like, say, the Genesis Chamber).

Is it really possible to aim a nuclear bomb at someone flying through space?

Just asking. For a friend.

Why would Batman lead Doomsday back toward the city?

This might seem like a silly question, given that he straight-up tells us why he's doing it—Batman needs to go back and get his Kryptonite spear, and he wants to lure Doomsday close enough to stab him with it. But it isn't like it took the Batplane all that long to get out to Doomsday's crash site, so it seems like he could have just as easily zipped in and out again without leading a giant killing machine closer to town. Not to mention Alfred could've just piloted the plane via remote as a distraction while Batman got the spear, considering they just did the same thing 15 minutes prior to rescue Superman's mother.

Is Alfred the real hero here?

For a guy who seems to spend a lot of his time sniping at Bruce in between glasses of scotch, Alfred arguably gets more done than anyone with superpowers in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He's the one who builds Batman's gadgets, he's the one who leads Bruce through Luthor's house so he can hack into his files, and he's ultimately the only one who can figure out where Superman's mom is being held hostage by Luthor's goons. We were left hoping the post-credits scene would show Alfred getting a raise.

What comes next for Superman?

We'll refrain from revealing the heavy spoilers here, so let's just say Superman is at a crossroads of sorts when the credits roll on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which opens up some interesting questions about how the team's going to come together in the first Justice League movie next year, as well as the Man of Steel's eventual role on the squad (and with everyone else in his life).