‘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

Man of Steel Easter Egg Wegthor Moon Man of Steel Easter Eggs, Trivia & References

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:

Man of Steel is in theaters now. —– Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.

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  1. Sort of let down by man of steel. story started pretty good. non linear narrative doesnt work sometimes but good nonetheless. Impressed by the whole krypton sequence. the last hour and a half was too loud too cling clang boom for my taste. i wanted more development, especially for zod his end came rather soon for this universe and it was a dissapointing end.. Faora is hot and dangerous but underused. the lexcorp trucks are nice nods along with wayne tech. and the movie had some scenes where the dialogue was too comic booky. another things superman has 2 milfs for mothers. MY MAIN BEEF WITH THE MOVIE…. DO THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS EXIST IN THE DC UNIVERSE?? Ultimately the first hour of the movie was superman begins, then the final 2 hours are superman sucker punching zod 300 times. i give it a 7.5 Nowhere close to the tdk trilogy in value and i put it behind star trek for movie of the summer so far. Lookin forward to Pacific Rim

    • It does now, tho there was a lot of product placement it was used to for depicting a place that does exist. I was an ihop yesterday and was like hell this place could be destroyed

    • This is the best Superman movie so far hands down. I really don’t care about what other says. Nothing can be good for anyone. There was a lot of thought in the movie and I don’t see anyone else stepping up on the plate to do a better job. The movie gave you everything. No kryptonite which all the movies had to use before. More of superman origin and way better graphics.
      I think they did a great job period

  2. Im glad to see despite mixed critics reviews its holding an 8.4 on IMDB it will go down but as for now i dont feel all that crazy for loving this film

  3. Dont forget the book Clark had in his hand when the older kid pulled him out of the car and pushed him against the fence. Clark had a book about Plato which we all know plato talks of Atlantis mean Aqua man. How did everyone miss this. The movie was a perfect 10. Come on justice league movie

    • How did EVERYONE miss that…? Probably because that’s the most straw-grabbiest interpretation of an Easter egg that I have ever heard.

      • He could have been holding any other kind of book in the world. Dont be so hard headed. Are you a DC fan or not. Or just someone giving their review of a movie. Be open minded. There were other east eggs less worth to mention. If you are as much a DC fan as most people on this blog. Then you are just as excited as everyone else here. Its a start…

        • I’m not necessarily denying that it was put there on purpose.  It could be a reference to Aquaman.  Or it could just mean that while the other kids decide to focus their attention on things like sports, Clark decides to study the teachings of a philosopher.  But you came off almost flabbergasted that people missed it (quote: “How did everyone miss this.”)  To say, “we all know Plato talks of Atlantis” is a lofty statement.  I’ve studied Plato in college as my major was Cinema and Cultural Studies and his Allegory of the Cave factors heavily into film study in the academic world.  However, it is not common knowledge for me (and I assume many others) that Plato is responsible for the idea of Atlantis.  Add that to the fact that if you blink, you miss it (or just happen to be instead paying attention to what’s actually happening on screen as opposed to minute details), then what you end up with is a very suspect claim instead of what you inferred is an obvious Easter egg.

          • @Speshlk37: Exactly. If anything, I think the allegory of the cave speaks volumes about Jonathan Kent’s fear about Clark being discovered. Since in Plato’s hypothesis, people would be more inclined to kill him if he was discovered than change their beliefs about the world.

            • Absolutely! I kind of wish I was still in school so I could have written one of my essays about it.

  4. Clark had a book about Plato. Plato is all about Atlantis. So there goes Aqua man. The scene where clark gets pulled out of the clark by the bully.

    • That Bully BTW WAS Whitney for the high school football team. Another reference to the Smallville series. LOVE it

      • I think saying “Plato was all about Atlantis” is a huge stretch. He wrote about it, but not *just* about it.

        • If anything Plato related to the fears of Jonathan Kent but also referenced the political climate on Krypton.

          I think the key code in the military being Trident would have been a better arguement for Aquaman easter egg than Plato.

    • No. Stop it. You’re dumbing this comment section down.

  5. As usual, I will wait a few weeks to see it. I can’t be the only one that likes going when the crowds have thinned out right? Anyway, read at your own risk.

    http://seanshumbleopinion.com/2013/06/15/a-bird-a-plane-a-man-of-steel-spoiler-alert/

  6. I haven’t seen it yet, but are there references to Wayne Enterprises in it? I kept hearing there would be….

    • seanshumbleopinion there was one reference for Wayne Enterprises and that was the Space satellite

  7. I thought I was seeing things when I saw Chris Reeve’s face as Supes flew into the light. Crazy that many of you also picked that up. When I caught that I totally got goosebumps all over

  8. the actress Christina Wren who played the modified version of Carol Ferris starred in a DC Comic fan film “Static Shock Blackout”. she played Frieda Goren in the fan film heres the link below of the fan film

  9. Don’t forget Lana!

    • Lana is from the comics though. That’s not really an easter egg…

      • We only saw Lana very briefly in the movie! I wish we could have seen more of her! There wasn’t any scenes of Clark and Lana having a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship like there was on “Smallville”.

  10. Also when Clark starts to fly for the first time whenever they went in for a close up of his face they played the flying sound effect from the old George Reeves T.V. series. I used to marathon that show like crazy so the sound is very easy for me to notice.

    • Thanks. I wasn’t alone ! Heard it !

    • This is in the article, try reading it.

      • Anyone else catch the “This is madness!” line during the council meeting scene? Had to be a 300 reference. I was half expecting a “Madness? THIS IS KRYPTONNN!!” reply.

  11. Look at the name of the pilot on the side of the A-10 Warthog that crashes in Smallville and look up the name in IMDB for “Man of Steel”.

    http://zoncom.smugmug.com/Personal-1/Movies/Man-of-Steel/i-qTpCWD5/4/X3/2011-08-30_11-21-50_Man_of_Steel_%285670%29_E-X3.jpg

  12. LexCorp wording or logo was on a LexCorp Building, Oil Tanker & building under construction, actually destruction when Zod & Superman are fighting on it.

    • It was also on the semi that dropped Clark off at home when he told Martha that he finally found his real parents.

    • This is in the article, try reading it.

      • Who pissed in your popcorn?

        I did read it smart ass.You are referring to number 18,which says,”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.”

        Nowhere does is mention what I said above.I’m assuming Andrew was taking about the tankers that were on the street when Supes was fighting Zod,but it doesn’t say anything about the semi that Clark hitched a ride from to get back home.And to be very specific,that semi was not a tanker,just a regular cargo type 18 wheeler.

  13. Utopia Casino on Building.

    • This is in the article, try reading it.

  14. Tribute to Otto Binder, co-creator of the Phantom Zone & Brainiac?

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    • This is in the article, try reading it.

  15. Another link to Smallville. The scientist who took blood from Kal, didn’t he also play Lex’s clone in season 9

    • yes he did ply the Lex clone on the final season of Smallville ep.1

  16. I need to see it again, but is it possible that the other car on the bridge in the bus scene is Lex? In Smallville, Lex is the one who drives off the bridge that Clark saves, risking his secret to do so (which Lex eventually figures out).

    • Not unless he was driving a crappy 80′s Volvo and wearing a flannel shirt.

  17. Follow up on the brainiac comment. He was created on krypton as the brain interactive construct

    • Yeah.  According to the series Smallville (so who cares?).  In comic book canon, he’s always been from Colu.

      • Seeing as this is a whole new origin story, anything could happen.

  18. This is what I meant by the set pieces titled “Otto’s Barber Styling” being a homage to Otto Binder, the co-creator of Brianiac.

    Wikipedia
    Brainiac is a fictional character, a supervillain that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Action Comics #242 (July 1958), and was created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino.

  19. No one else has caught that the actor who plays Emil Hamilton on Smallville is in the Manof Steel as a soldier and stands next to the new Emil Hamilton huge Easter egg that no one caught

    • It’s mentioned in this list as just one example, but there’s nearly a dozen all told.

  20. I didn’t think I would like this movie much, but after seeing it, I loved it.

  21. I just went and saw the movie for a second time and there was something at the end that really annoyed me. I know it was just a gag but on the part where Lombard tries to get Lois to go to the basketball game with him, she just blows him off and tells him to go back to trolling the Internet pool. Then he looks to Jenny who just laughs in his face. Didn’t he just risk being vaporized while trying to free her from a pile of rubble while she just sat there crying? You think she could throw the poor guy a bone and watch a friggin’ basketball game with him for crying out loud.

    • I think that scene was a victim of some kind of bad time compression.

      It may have been months,maybe even a couple of years after that,which really should have been hashed out just a little bit more.

      It looked like half of Metropolis was pretty much obliterated,and yet just two scenes later,it felt like everything was back to normal with little passage of time.

      Wish they would have at least showed some sort of clean up efforts during the last scene.

      Even with than,this is still the best movie of the year so far,and for me,it will be very hard to top.Only Elysium has a chance to be better in my eyes.

  22. Another Easter egg towards 300: Zod (or Superman, can’t remember properly, sorry for that) screaming “THIS IS MADNESS!!” at the subway station.

  23. Awesome movie. Loved it. Wish the end had references to other heroes somehow.

  24. I didn’t see it mentioned but did anyone else notice that when Superman first walks on to the Colony ship at the beginning and looks at the dead body in the stasis pod, there is an open pod behind him? And if you wanted to stretch it a tiny bit it could tie in the with the prequel comic that came out before the movie which means….they are making a super girl movie (I don;t know how to feel about that) :/

    • If you’re right, then they would need to change Supergirl’s orgin. Reason being that the ship had been there for thousands of years and Supergirl’s orgin has always been that she’s Superman’s cousin who was born about 10-16 years before he was. But then again I’ve never read the prequel comic you’re talking about, so maybe there’s something I’m missing. Highly doubt they’ll ever do a Supergirl movie.

      • Yeah, in the prequel comic she must be the very great-great-etc. cousin of Kal-El because it does take place many, many years before the events of Man of Steel, but it is kind of implied that she might have been in stasis in the ship for a very long time so she could be somewhere on Earth, about the same age as Clark, or even younger. And since the story of the prequel comic was written by Goyer and Snyder (and alluded to in the film), I would say that it can be accepted as canon. Does that mean there will be a Supergirl movie? Probay not. MAYBE she’ll show up in a future installment or the Justice League movie, or maybe it’s just an Easter egg for tenacious fans.

  25. I thought I went in to see Man of Steel after 2.5 hours I left thinking I had seen Independance Day 2 Instead :/

  26. the underside of the “world engine”, after Superman destroys it, has the Brainiac symbol

  27. I feel like the amount of people that didn’t read the article increases the further down I read.

    I enjoyed the movie. Great pick for Superman.

    I do have a complaint I can’t seem to get passed. Not as superficial as his suit being too dark or metallic. I can even get passed the armor on his suit. What bothers me, is that his first fight as Superman is against Kryptonians. Superman’s first fight shouldn’t have been with his own race.

    As I see it, he should have a laundry list of deeds that people know him for and judge him by. Althought he’s an alien he fights for us and world against our evils, and then later further proving his humanity by siding with humans over kryptonians. As it stands, in Man of Steel, he kind ofcomes off as an alien that brought his fight to our door, destroyed god knows how much in an intense alien fist fight, and boldly tells our military, “I’m not leaving, you can’t make me, but trust me, I’m cool”

    Unless that’s the route they want to take any sequels, I see it as a mistake. If a pack of wild dogs chased another wild dog into my livingroom, trashed my house, my TV, squished one of my kids, even when the lone wild dog killed all of the other dogs, I still wouldn’t let it live there.

    If that happened today, only the most ignorant of people would be comforted by the fact that the guy in a red cape said that its gonna be ok, they’re all dead now. I think Snyder made a similar mistake in his changing of the end of the watchmen. I don’t think the whole would would ban together in the wake of an American tragedy. Some would try, but there wouldn’t be world peace. 9/11 didn’t bring world peace. The thing that made the end of watchmen work in the comics, was that many countries were attacked, seemingly by aliens and not human. That would be a better catalyst for changing the the mindset of Earth.

    Anyways, I’m off subject now. Someone said earlier that they see Lex being involved in the next film because one of his trucks was destroyed. That’s mildly shallow. Especially for Lex. I doubt a man like Luthor would ever even hear that one of his trucks was destroyed, he makes too much money to have to worry about a truck, but he would hear about it when that truck gets smashed when an alien picked it up and threw it at another alien.

    I always liked Lex as a bad guy because I can agree with his mindset. As humans, we shouldn’t rest our fates in the hands of someone with the power of a god. To let him make our decisions and fight our fights. Having a man around with that much power, enough to destroy the world, its a constant threat to our safety to let him live here.

    And, given the outcome of the movie, I’d have to agree with Lex more than usual.

    • I understand where you are going with the alegory of the dogs, maybe they will introduce it in the next movie (something about Man of Steel being booed for “causing” mass destruction, and maybe someone like Lex Luthor is behind the bad publicity, in such a way as to destroy him as a symbol and later in a physical way).

      I think you were spot on and they will most likely take this route into consideration, but in the mean time humans have nothing to do but accept him. Although the “evil” came after him, he did save the day in the end (causing massive damage lol) and it`s not like humans could do anything to him, so it kind of makes sense that he is accepted as a savior with godly powers.

      Ofcourse the greed and stupidity of man will be present in the future movies, at least I hope it will be, it would make sense (Man of Steel, superpowers, can we disect him as a frog, does he have Kryptonian tech, can we get it, can we all have his powers, etc).

    • Not to nitpick, even though I certainly am, but you have your endings reversed. The Watchmen comic/ graphic novel ended with Veidt’s lone squid monster in New York, the movie broadened it to the Veidt triggering explosions in all of the worlds major cities.

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