‘Man of Steel’ Easter Eggs, Trivia & References

Published 1 year ago by , Updated July 1st, 2014 at 12:10 am,

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Any incarnation of Superman on film is drawing from decades of story and tradition – whether the filmmakers want to acknowledge it or not. With Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer have made it clear they’re trying to do something brand new with the big blue Boy Scout, while staying connected to the most lasting elements of the character. As a result, while the plot and origin story may be tweaked, there are plenty of references to past films, stories, and the creators who helped make them a reality.

We’ve gathered all the Easter eggs we could spot, as well as the odd twists of fate these kinds of films seem to contain. Needless to say, there will be plenty of spoilers in our list of Man of Steel Easter Eggs & Trivia, so read at your own risk.

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Wegthor’s Remains

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Not only does this easter egg fall under the ‘hardcore comic book geeks only’ banner, it’s only on screen for a second; when Jor-El first makes his escape from Zod’s forces, the remnants of what looks to be a shattered moon stands out in the skies of Krypton. Comic book geeks will recognize the moon as not just any heavenly body, but Wegthor, one of Krypton’s two moons that fell victim to the experiments of Jax-Ur.

In the comics, the brilliant scientist accidentally fired a nuclear warhead at Wegthor, destroying the moon and being the first Kryptonian eternally condemned to the Phantom Zone. While Jax-Ur eventually escapes with Zod’s forces in Man of Steel – played by Smallville alum Mackenzie Gray – his failed experiment caused Krypton to ban all space flight. This correlation isn’t stated outright in the film, but Wegthor remains nonetheless.

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Kelex, the Robo-Butler

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It was no surprise to see Superman’s parents Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van make an appearance in this origin story – they tend to be present in nearly every telling. But there was one inhabitant of the El household that us fans were delighted to see: Kelex, the robotic butler, and future caretaker of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Introduced by John Byrne in his “Man of Steel” reboot, Kelex is said to have served Jor-El for his entire life, and assumed to have fallen in the destruction of Krypton.

A recreated version of the trusted servant soon took over Fortress security and maintenance, and has cropped up continuously in random story arcs. Man of Steel adds even more functionality to Kelex, and even mentions him by name – along with fellow robot Kelor – to make the easter egg clear.

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Princes of Thieves

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We’ve pointed it out before, but that fact that Superman is able to claim two legendary outlaws as his father is too strange a coincidence to not mention here – Costner played Robin Hood in Kevin Reynolds’ Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves (1991); Crowe in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (2010). The connections don’t stop there: Reynolds would later direct Henry Cavill in his first major film role in The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) starring James Caviezel.

Once a frontrunner for Superman, Caviezel currently stars on Person of Interest created by Jonathan Nolan – co-writer of the most successful Batman films in history. The theme continues, as Man of Steel casts both actors in roles demanding they do something ‘wrong’ in order to do what’s right. Jor-El breaks Krypton’s laws for the sake of his son, and Jonathan Kent claims Clark as his own offspring – both acting outside of the laws for what they see as bettering society (even if it’s not their own).

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Weisinger Primary School

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The image of a young Clark Kent winning first prize in his science fair was revealed early on, establishing the relationship between Jonathan and his adopted son. But a closer look reveals that Clark wasn’t enrolled in just any school, but ‘Weisinger Primary School.’ The image is a clear reference to comic book legend Mort Weisinger, who as editor of DC Comics oversaw much of the Golden Age of Superman comics.

While editing both Superman and Batman, Weisinger introduced key elements of the Superman story – like his powers coming from Earth’s yellow sun – likely stemming from his roots as a founder of The Time Traveller, America’s first magazine dedicated entirely to science fiction. Weisinger may be best known for his surly demeanor and creation of characters like Aquaman and Green Arrow, but Snyder and co. showed his work is still appreciated.

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Sullivan’s Truck & Tractor

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When Jonathan Kent tells Clark that he must “decide what kind of man he wants to be” while growing up in Smallville, one Easter egg is hard to miss: the massive ‘Sullivan Truck & Tractor Repair’ sign featured prominently behind them. Fans of Smallville recognize the nod to Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack), one of the central characters in the WB series who was created specifically for the show.

The sign implies that Chloe’s father Gabe is no longer a Fertilizer Plant manager, but who are we to judge? The inclusion of the Sullivans is just one way Snyder’s production team and art department honored Smallville, including Clark’s childhood friend Whitney Fordman (Robert Gerdisch), a character also created for the TV series and previously played by Eric Johnson.

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The Cassidy Pub

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This one was likely only caught by the most studious of Superman fans. Before embracing his calling as a caped superhero in the movie, Clark Kent spends his days working alongside burly truckers at the Cassidy Pub & Restaurant in Cordova, Alaska. Superman historians will notice the immediate reference to artist Paul H. Cassidy (1911-2005), who may not have created the character with Joel Siegel or Joe Shuster, but did help shape his iconic appearance.

Joining Shuster’s studio in 1938, Cassidy was tasked with the inking and detail of Shuster’s artwork, making the cape more dynamic, and adding to it the signature ‘S’ featured on the hero’s chest. As it happens, the sign wasn’t added in by the art department at all; the scenes in Cordova were actually filmed in Cassidy, British Columbia. But we’d still like to think fate was at work.

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Smallville Reunion

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With four Academy Award nominations under her belt already, Amy Adams is one of the most proven actors among Man of Steel‘s cast (and that’s saying something). But her road to portraying Superman’s love interest on the big screen wasn’t an easy one, having previously auditioned for the role of Lois Lane in both Superman: Flyby and Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns (2006). The role of The Daily Planet’s intrepid reporter is finally hers, but it may not be the most memorable foray of Adams’ into the world of Superman. That honor undoubtedly goes to her role as ‘Jodi Melville’ on Smallville.

An overweight young woman using a Kryptonite weight loss shake to shed off pounds – granting an irresistible urge to eat. We still think unhinging her jaw to swallow a high school bully whole was some of her best work. Joining Adams is nearly a dozen other actors who made appearances on the TV series, even appearing in scenes with their newly-cast former characters.

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Open Casket

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With the filmmakers applying a twist on the classic of Fortress of Solitude, Kal-El’s retreat from Earth and into the culture and technology of Krypton is reimagined not as a cavern grown through crystals, but a crashed Kryptonian scout ship. In exploring the ship, Kal discovers a shriveled corpse in what appears to be a stasis pod of some sort.

Eagle-eyed viewers will notice that one of the pods is both open and empty, and those who read through the Man of Steel prequel comic know what was once contained within it. The pod, like the ship, once contained Kara Zor-El, known to comic fans as Supergirl. Unfortunately, since Snyder and Goyer’s version crash landed on Earth 10,000 years ago, a cameo isn’t likely.

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Words of Wisdom

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The places that Snyder, Nolan and Goyer were looking to for inspiration were evident from the very first trailers; assuming fans were paying close attention. The pair of Man of Steel teasers – one narrated by Kevin Costner, the other by Russell Crowe – showed glimpses of a young Clark, overlaid with words of wisdom from his father(s).

Jor-El’s speech – laying out the mission he has left for his son to complete – isn’t exactly new. In fact, the lines were modified version of those seen in Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s “All-Star Superman,” hailed by many as one of the best Superman stories to date. As they appear in the comics:

“You have given them an ideal to aspire to…They will race, and stumble, and fall and crawl…and curse…and finally…they will join you in the sun Kal-El.”

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Words of Wisdom

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Although Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. wished to make a clean start with Man of Steel, that doesn’t mean the director didn’t take the opportunity to pay homage to Richard Donner’s original film. Audiences saw the ship that brought Kal-El to Earth was a sleeker design than in the past, yet when Jor-El walks his son through the process, the version of the ship shown is a clear reference to Donner’s.

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Running With Zebras

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As further evidence that Mark Waid’s “Superman: Birthright” was one comic arc that helped shape the DNA of Man of Steel, the early shots of Superman first learning to fly while in uniform feature him soaring over a scattering herd of zebras.

The flying montage may be too fast-paced and frenzied to notice the fleeing animals, but the scene is unmistakable for comic book fans, as the same scene was depicted in “Birthright” artwork by Leinil Francis Yu. In the comics Clark flies above the herd (and among the birds) during his search for identity in Africa, and although the context in the film is slightly changed, it’s no coincidence that the filmmakers found a way to pay homage.

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It Means Hope

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In a moment from the first full Man of Steel trailer that got hardcore fans squealing in their seats, and casual movie fans intrigued, Lois Lane asks what the ‘S’ emblazoned on Superman’s chest stands for. He replies that “it’s not an ‘S.’ On my world it means ‘hope.’” Past comic and film writers had explained that the symbol was Kal-El’s family crest, but it was Mark Waid who first made the letter stand for something… greater. Those who’ve read “Superman: Birthright” (and those who haven’t, do so NOW) already know it was Waid who explained the ‘true’ meaning behind the ‘S.’

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Rushing Wind

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One look at the history of the Supersuit may convince anyone that Man of Steel has little in common with George Reeves’ version seen in Adventures of Superman (1958). But when production started to get off the ground, the film’s sound department was contacted by several previous artists. Their message: “we’ve got the wind!”

The reference was to the rushing wind sound effect used in the TV series, played on a loop whenever Superman would take to the skies. The sound designers found a place to include it when Kal-El takes flight (among the rest of the film’s sound effects) as an homage to the incarnations of the superhero that came before theirs. It won’t be obvious to everyone, as the team claims the sound effect was placed so that it wouldn’t seem out of place to the unfamiliar, but would be impossible to miss for fans of the show.

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The Kent Family Dog

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The Kent farm is about as small-town America as comic books can get, complete with the loyal family dog. It may seem strange to think that the family wasn’t always complete with a four-legged member, but the version of the family seen in Man of Steel actually has two. One of which is immediately recognizable as ‘Shelby’; Smallville fans will remember the name applied to a Golden Retriever, but it was Jeph Loeb and Time Sale who gave the Border Collie its place on the farm in “Superman For All Seasons.”

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Carol Ferris

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She was one Air Force officer famous before the movie even released, due mainly to TV spots in which she claimed to find the titular Man of Steel “kinda hot.” The actress in question is Christina Wren, who caught the attention of Zack Snyder after her role in a memorable commercial for Athenos Hummus, and wound up on screen playing one of several military officers monitoring Superman’s activities.

If the name on her uniform gets the wheels turning for DC fans – who also recall Snyder’s promise that there would be plenty of Easter eggs in the film – it’s for a good reason. Her full name is Captain Carrie Farris, a slightly modified version of (but obvious allusion to) Caroline ‘Carol’ Ferris, the longtime love interest of Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Ferris’ skills as a combat pilot in the comics are superb, and her outspoken appreciation of…attraction fits with her alternate identity as Star Sapphire.

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The Bloodmorel

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When Superman first loses consciousness on Zod’s ship, the hallucination that follows is never clearly explained. But for longtime fans of Superman, the fever dream used to manipulate him has Bloodmorel written all over it. The brainchild of Alan Moore, “DC Comics Presents” #85 paired Superman and Swamp Thing in “The Jungle Line,” introducing Superman to the deadly virus known as Bloodmorel.

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52 Jacket

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When Clark has a flashback to his youth (before deciding to surrender himself to General Zod) an easter egg appears that most fans would be likely to miss, since it appears for just a second on screen. No, it isn’t the copy of Plato’s “Republic” that Clark is reading in his father’s car (although the book would have plenty to say about Krypton’s society), but the number worn by one of his would-be bullies: 52. The same number of regular titles in Dc’s ‘New 52′ relaunch, and a number bearing serious significance to DC’s multiverse.

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Nam-Ek

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We could go into detail on each of General Zod’s Kryptonian cronies, since most of those named in either the film or credits are pulled from the comic book pages. But if one stands out among them, it’s the towering giant, Nam-Ek, first appearing in the December 1974 “Superman” #282 story entitled “The Loneliest Man in the Universe.” Although his hulking size is never explained in the film, the comics do offer an explanation for his odd physiology.

Nam-Ek, a scientist, attempted experiments on the endangered Kryptonian Rondor Beasts, injecting himself with serum from the animal’s horn in pursuit of immortality. He got it, but became a horrific Rondor/Kryptonian hybrid in the process. No way to know if this is the explanation for the film version, but the large-horned Rondor Beasts can be glimpsed roaming the plains of Krypton early in the film.

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Otto’s Barber Styling

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As yet another tribute to the DC writers and artists (not named Siegel and Shuster) who helped shape Superman into the hero the world now knows, Smallville’s prominently-featured barbershop bears the title ‘Otto’s Barber Styling’ – a reference to Otto Binder, who wrote for the company in the 1940s. If Superman fans aren’t familiar with the name, it’s about time to be: in his run at DC, Binder wrote the introduction of The Legion of Super-Heroes, and came up with the idea for Supergirl, Brainiac, The Phantom Zone, Krypto the Super Dog, and even Jimmy Olsen’s signal watch.

Prior to DC, Binder helped Captain Marvel rival the success of Supes himself, adding Mary Marvel and Black Adamto the series’ fiction. For this particular Easter egg, the production team decided to pay homage to an even lesser-known invention of Binder’s; Quality Comics’ Mighty Samson (named for the Biblical hero who drew strength from his hair).

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Ezra’s Mail Depot

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During Faora and Nam-Ek’s attack on Smallville, there’s plenty to keep viewers from taking in the background (we can forgive missing Easter eggs when fighter jets are being shredded). As the town’s residents scamper for shelter, many are seen taking refuge in the local post office, bearing the name ‘Ezra’s Mail Depot.’

The name is a reference to the town’s founder Ezra Small, whose unique history was crafted by the makers of Smallville. Surprisingly, Ezra isn’t best known for his skills as a farmer, but for his prophecies. The film leaves out the many mysteries uncovered by Small while obsessively exploring a nearby cave system filled with Kryptonian relics and wall carvings. But with this inclusion, who knows how much of the show’s fiction is still plausible…

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Gooooo Spartans!

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The first comic book adaptation that put Zack Snyder’s name on the Hollywood map (and remains synonymous with the director for many) was the bloody and CG-filled take on Frank Miller’s 300 (2006), chronicling the Battle of Thermopylae between Spartan King Leonidas and Persian King Xerxes I.

Although Man of Steel may have little in common with that period war film (besides gruelling workouts for its leading men) Snyder’s crew did find a way of paying homage. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice several storefront signs supporting the town’s high school football team — the ‘Smallville Spartans.’ That name is a lot more intimidating than ‘the Crows,’ so we’ll take that allusion over speed-ramps or immaculately-shaped beards any day.

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Blaze Comics

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This Easter egg made its way online before the film, once viewers realized that the Zod/Superman collision seen in the trailers began to look a little…different. The main difference was the inclusion of a nearly-indistinguishable logo along the bottom of the frame: ‘Blaze Comics.’ In the DC universe, Blaze was the publisher of the fictionalized comic series centering on Booster Gold; a real-life superhero who had travelled back in time from the 25th century to fight crime with future technology – and, obviously, get famous in the process.

Signing sponsorship deals and playing for the camera helped earn Booster the money he desired in his own time, and the inclusion of Blaze Comics proves that even if he has yet to arrive in our world, the stage is set.

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Keep Calm

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When General Zod first discovers his ‘heat vision,’ his lack of control brings a skyscraper down around both he and Superman. Moments before it turns to rubble, a poster is visible on the left of the screen that should be impossible to miss for anyone who has seen it in the real world – and one which confirms that not only does Batman exist in the film’s universe, but he’s already become a pop culture icon.

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Utopia Casino

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When Zod spins Superman like a top before sending him flying through skyscrapers like sheets of paper, the Utopia Casino is featured quite prominently. While it’s not as immediately recognizable as a Batman poster, the casino is a notable location for comics fans as the enterprise of Tony Gallo. Featured prominently in the “Superman Confidential” comic, the unscrupulous entrepreneur played a key role in Superman’s first run-in with Kryptonite (although this easter egg is the work of the VFX team, so don’t take it as confirmation of the radioactive element’s existence).

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Wayne Enterprises

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Even before Man of Steel was officially announced to the public, comic book movie fans had long been debating whether the film would – or should – seek to incorporate Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Now that the film has arrived, we know for certain that Batman isn’t a player in the story. Not at this point, anyway. But that doesn’t mean Bruce Wayne isn’t alive and well in the world of Man of Steel.

When the film entered advanced screenings, fans soon noticed what may be one of the most controversial Easter eggs contained within. During the film’s climactic battle, General Zod tears a satellite to shreds – a satellite bearing the ‘Wayne Enterprises’ logo. Zack Snyder has since explained that the inclusion was nothing more than an Easter egg, and a means to thank Nolan for his assistance on the film. But we doubt that will stop online rumor mills from making the most of it.

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LexCorp

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Although Superman’s arch-nemesis never makes an actual appearance in the film, Lex Luthor does get a mention – albeit an indirect one. Featured both atop a skyscraper close to Zod’s initial attack on Metropolis and painted on a pair of tanker trucks, the LexCorp logo is hard to miss. While that confirmation that Lex is alive and well in Snyder’s world is something of a comfort to fans, previous rumors that Luthor would be featured briefly – and had even been cast – proved fruitless.

The nod leaves the door wide open for Luthor to play a larger role in the sequel to Man of Steel, especially if he’s able to scheme in the wake of the devastation.

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Conclusion

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Those are all the odd bits of trivia and easter eggs we’ve spotted, and invite every Superman fan to add their own to the discussion. Given how highly DC counts on Man of Steel to launch their shared movie universe, there are sure to be more uncovered in the coming months. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out:

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  1. My husband and I just saw the movie and we thought it was great! I saw the Lexcorp name on the side of the tanker truck that Zod pushed toward Superman and I’m wondering if there will be a sequel with Lex Luthor in it. I didn’t really notice all the other “Smallville” references. But I did think that the actor who played Superman looked like Tom Wellig in some scenes! I missed seeing Christopher Reeve’s face in the scene where Superman flys into the big machine that was destroying and changing the Earth. But I’m glad there was an homage to him! I think it would be great if there were some really good movies made about Aquaman and Flash Gordan!

    • Flash Gordon? Death to Ming!

      • Flash a-ah
        Savior of the Universe
        Flash a-ah
        He’ll save every one of us

    • lolol Flash Gordon? Really?

    • What about when the trucker ours beer on Clark definitely a nod to superman 2 when Christopher Reeves gets best up by the trucker and he ours beer on him

  2. I`m sure this movie is gonna be memorable (not seen it yet), but it`s kind of a letdown that all the references to the shared DC Universe are just easter eggs. I didn`t expect them to cast in advance any character from a future movie, but I did expect something more than logos and advertising banners.

    Ok, so they are very cautious and want to stay focused on Superman and make him iconic in the eyes of the audience before introducing others (I belive that was the case with Iron Man, the first one had no Avengers reference, but I could be wrong), but at this point this fact just shows me they don`t have any idea yet on the cinematic DC Universe (and that’s very bad, because there are some important superheroes that just don`t fit in the “real” DC Universe, they would be a joke if they would stick to the canon of the comics).

    I`m gonna be honest and state my honest opinion, that they will fail. They will either rush it (and by rush it I mean 2015, after the sequel of Man of Steel, when they could maybe introduce Batman), or they could drag this out so long that people will loose interest.

    I hope they drag it out, because there is no way we will have a good Justice League without another Man of Steel movie and at least a reboot for Batman and Green Lantern. Remember that in Avengers, we had something like 4 movies that introduced lots of characters, not just the superheroes (2xIron man, 1xThor and 1xCaptain USA Flag), and there were some people who stil ranted about Hulk and Hawkeye.

    • There was a Hulk movie. They just changed the actor….both actors that portrayed him were great. And no one ranted about Hulk. Everyone loved him, one of the best parts of the film.

    • Green Lantern does not need a reboot!

    • I thought three different people have played the Hulk.

    • I agree, I enjoyed his portrail, I was just trying to say that I think Justice League is a thing of the future (distant future).

    • The first Iron Man had the post credits scene that introduced Nick Fury, who also brought up the Avengers Initiative.

  3. During the Zod/Superman fight in Metropolis, Superman is flying between the buildings searching for Zod. It is quick, but reminded me of a recent Superman video game. I recall being quite bored flying between countless buildings just searching for an enemy in the game. Superman even came to rest in the air – in the same vertical floating position as in the video game.

  4. Did anyone notice the POLAR BEAR? I thought that was a reference to something. Haha

  5. In the church scene, there is a stained glass window behind clark showing jesus in a red cloak.

    • DUDE!!!SHHH!!

  6. i was so exhausted from this movie. im sitting next to my boy during the action scenes SCREMING YO CAN YOU HEAR ME AND HE SAYS WHAT. my ears got a workout

  7. (MOS2) Lex gets machine from ocean which is Brainaic & reboots him, also Lex steal ZOD armor from roof top n fights superman, faora not dead

  8. I liked the priest scene as a nod to Azzarello’s “for tomorrow” arc.

  9. I like the priest scene as a nod to Azzarello’s “for tomorrow” arc.

  10. I think Kevin Smith talked about the creative control wanting him to write about battling Polar bears in the script he wrote 15 years ago

    • Yeah, well you know anything about polar bears? Polar bears are the fiercest killers in the animal kingdom…

  11. Way to long. An hour of knocking down, going through and falling buildings. And another thing the way it was explained superman got his powers from the sun over the time he was here. Now Zod shows up and they have the same powers. Then the ending. All the wham, bam going on forever and then superman does an army ranger move and snaps zods neck. OK.
    Granted it was a good action movie but to much action gets boring. For me wish I had just waited for netflix.

  12. I don’t remember when exactly it happened in the movie, but Lois was having trouble with the copy machine at the Daily Planet. An ALERT sign came on the screen of the copier. This was just like the Trouble Alert on the old Superfriends cartoons.

  13. I might be wrong… but I don’t think so.
    I’ll bet $10 that when Superman is first flying, for one scene, you can hear the wind sound used in the old George Reeves television show.
    Did anyone else hear it??

    • Yes yes Finally I am not alone ! I heard it too !

      • Thanks for the confirmation DS.
        I’d guess that anyone under 55 would miss that one.

        • Absolutely included. Very easy to miss buried in the other sound effects, but the sound department has confirmed it :)

  14. Another Easter egg I believe I noticed was one of the military officers having a name patch on his shirt that had the name “Swan” along with something else. It said Swan-something, I think. I can’t recall the full name. But the Swan part of the name is probably a tribute to Curt Swan, the Superman artist who created the modern looking Superman and drew the character for decades. Also, Christopher Reeve, before his death, played a character named Dr. Swan in the Smallville series, another tribute to the Superman artist.

  15. Great catches. Also want to toss in the fact that “Lana” was mentioned in the movie.

    • but lana has always been a part of the superman story and pete as well..so they really aren’t easter eggs

  16. As a continuation of the 16th on this list, when the council is overrun by Zod, Jor-El turns to him and says “This is madness.”

  17. “The Bloodmorel of the Story” … Euh .. no.. They clearly explain it in the movie, they say it’s because Superman has never been exposed to Krypton’s atmosphere that’s is in the ship… When he goes in his body tries to adjust to it. That’s it.. that’s all…

    Plus the Bloodmorel clearly said he went into a fever, hallucinations, and all-out rage. Here it didn’t .. Not because you publish “without the more horrific side effects” that it was what they went for. You really need to listen to the movie better… When they say it’s the body adjusting to the atmosphere.. it probably is because his body is adjusting to the atmosphere..

    • ….That allows Zod to induce a hallucination and monologue?

  18. There is also a (I belive) Kara Sor-El/Supergirl easter egg, because when Suprman enters the Ship one of the containment vaults is open, and has no dead body inside.

  19. Wouldn’t it be cool if aquaman had something to do on the oil tanker explosion… that he had a hand in the explosion due to humans perverting the ocean :)

  20. Don’t forget Emil Hamilton. The guy who portrayed him in Smallville appeared in one scene!

  21. One easter egg that was an obvious nod to 300 was Jor-El’s “This is madness” when Zod entered the council chamber and started shooting.

  22. Anyone else notice the reference to the Superman: For Tomorrow storyline by Jim Lee and Brian Azzarello? It’s when Clark enters the church and speaks to the Priest. The credits list the Priest as “Father Leone”, the same as in the comic. Coincidence? I think not.

  23. Can I just say that #14 is cool but the fact it says that Chloe Sullivan was created specifically “for the show” Smallville isn’t true. Since this article is about getting way into the nerdy specifics, I think this might be just as important.
    Lois introduces Chloe in the first half of “Superman: The Movie” as Lois’s cousin. The three of them (Clark included) are walking down a hallway of the Daily Planet and Lois turns back and say something like “Oh by the way Clark, this is my cousin Chloe” and he says hi. I believe she says something snarky when he greets her.
    Chloe was behind them wearing shades, a ridiculous hat, carrying a bag, (might have been) chewing gum, and looking like a general bimbo in heels. I wanna say she was wearing all pink. I saw it about a decade ago and it stood out to me because I watched the show. I thought it was a nice little Easter egg then and I cracked up because that was SO not how she was represented in the show.
    I’M NOT CRAZY! lol

  24. When the General said code trident-was that supposed to be an aquaman reference?

  25. wasn’t the fuel tanker Zod threw at superman from Lex corp too?

  26. I would like to point out a random figure looking at Zod’s ship fly past the moon during Zod’s initial contact speech with Earth. I thought it was a very random shot of a lone figure staring at the ship. It never show’s his face, just the back of his head. I thought that maybe this could be Batman, but I may be fishing. I just didn’t think it was a relevant shot and looks completely out of place.

    • Watch the scene again more closely. Lois Lane turns away from the screen in the office while everyone else is still watching it.. That is a shot from behind her looking at the ship out of the window of the Daily Planet.

      • Oh you’re right lol my bad

        • No big deal, the only reason I noticed it was because I had read your comment and just bought it on Bluray so I watched the scene extra closely. I rewound it a couple times just to be sure.

  27. Nice article. Though it never was mentioned in the film or comic Kara ship is thousands of years old. Jus the surrounding it crashed in. Her whereabouts while her cousin saved the world remains a mystery nonetheless.

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