'Pennyworth' Season 2 Episode 1: Is the Stormcloud project a bio-terror attack planned by the Raven Union?
The 'Stormcloud' project as he calls it requires it to be efficient, have a visual impact, and must appear as people have died naturally instead of looking like gory corpses
Spoilers for 'Pennyworth' Season 2 Episode 1 'The Heavy Crown'
The final minutes of 'The Heavy Crown' shows the Raven Union Headquarters where Colonel Salt (Edward Hogg) and a scientist watch a man from the outside of a cell struggling to breathe and develops hideous boils before dying a gruesome death due to smoke that's released in the chamber.
The scientist notes the man took 11 seconds to die as a pleased Salt watches and congratulates her on a job well done. However, he has a condition. The 'Stormcloud' project as he calls it requires it to be efficient, have a visual impact, and must appear as people have died naturally instead of looking like gory corpses. We're sure to see improved versions over the course of the series.
Much about the project is kept under wraps leading to speculations of what it could be. By the looks of it, 'Stormcloud' might refer to a bio-terror attack the Raven Union have planned in their efforts to usurp London. However, the reasons behind it are still unclear. At the moment, the other question that has been asked is if 'Stormcloud' is for genocide, or targets the Union is planning to eliminate. Salt is revealed to have escaped the clutches of Inspector Aziz (Ramon Tikaram) after being apprehended by Alfie and his buddies, Dave Boy and Bazza.
Does it have any connection with 'Batman Begins'?
Very unlikely, but there is this theory that pretty much serves as food for thought. Dr Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) used a fear-inducing hallucinogen on his victims that have them deadly, horrific visions and also adds that a potent dose could have devastating effects.
Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) and Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes) along with Falcone (Tom Wilkinson). Could Crane have perfected the stormcloud version that perhaps may have failed in 'Pennyworth'? Again, this theory might seem pretty far-fetched and we may be wrong, but with the connections that seem to be distinct, 'Pennyworth' may have well opened a debate.
What are your thoughts on the possible connection between 'Stormcloud' and Scarecrow's hallucinogen?
'Pennyworth' airs Sundays at 9 pm ET on EPIX.