Ever since wandered into the closing seconds of Iron Man in 2008, superhero movies have been littered with mind bending clues as to what our favorite spandex wearing sentinels will be up to next. Some of them are as obvious as a Hawkeye keeping a watch on Thor while others can be as secretive as a snippet of Hulk footage on one of Tony Stark's monitors. Whatever your brand, Easter eggs are becoming more and more popular with each passing release, last week's Man of Steel being no exception.
As soon as I left the theater my mind was (initially let down that there was no post-credits scene) spinning trying to comprehend the plethora of nods, winks and flat our mentions of extended DC universe critters. Some of them more well know and others that require six years at geek school and two years of pre-nerd to comprehend.
I think it's pretty obvious at this point that if you're looking for buried treasure in a movie, there's going to be spoilers but in case it's not obvious... SPOILERS!
See if you spotted references to...
The first and probably most exciting Easter egg was leaked a few weeks before the movie's release but it's still breathlessly enjoyable to behold in its proper context. At the climax of the movie, when Zod has returned from the flames of his shattered plan and the rest of his forces lie dead on the ground, supes engages him in the battle to end all battles.
It's then that Zod finally manages to harness the advantages of our planet and unleashes his dormant laser eyes and flying abilities. It's during the epic aerial struggle that follows that we get our clearest and best look at the extended DCU in the Man Of Steel universe. A Wayne Enterprises logo on the side of a satellite. It only helps tighten our focus when Zod rips said satellite to pieces. Bruce Wayne lives... but a pretty costly looking piece of his tech does not. When asked about whether the events of Man Of Steel might bring Batman out of the shadows, writer said to Bleeding Cool:
Well, yes... there's definitely... I don't want to get too in depth. Obviously, Zack and I have had conversations... but there would be cause and effect. And that would extend to the collateral damage that happened, and what other countries feel about the fact that Superman calls America his home. Man Of Steel doesn't exist in a vacuum.
You can check out an image of the satellite above. The Justice League gets its second member!
Let's go geeky for a second. Above is an image of Christina Wren who popped up towards the end of Man Of Steel playing on-again off-again Green Lantern squeeze, Carol Ferris. What's interesting about her is that the character played a pretty large part in the horrible Green Lantern movie back in 2011, a part that was filled by Gossip Girl. Though didn't reprise her role in Man Of Steel (I guess she was busy with Savages 2 or something? More Gossip Girl?) the character managed to make a significant impact.
As Superman consults with a military officer towards the end of the movie, he is observed by a lower ranking officer who wears the same uniform as her superior. Upon Superman's departure Captain Carrie Ferris remarks that Superman is "Kind of hot." Major Ferris likes her men super-powered it seems. But for all intents and purposes, this is a reference to Hal Jordan the first human Green Lantern and our future Justice League gets its third member!
Don't count Carol Ferris out though, in the comics she becomes hero/villain Star Sapphire further down the line. Perhaps we'll see Miss Wren again.
This one was extemely well hidden but no less exciting, for a brief second the logo for Blaze Comics is visible in the movie. This might not mean much to the average movie goer but to comic book fans it means their favorite pointless superhero might be included in a future DC movie! Booster Gold is a time traveller from the 25th century who's very fond of the sound of his own voice and spends his non-crimefighting time publishing comics about his adventures with the Justice League. The publisher for those comics? Blaze Comics. Justice League might have found its fourth member. Albeit a loud one.
Probably the biggest and easiest Easter eggs to spot in Man Of Steel were the multiple references to serial Superman botherer Lex Luthor. Luthor has long been the enemy of who he calls 'the Krptonian' and the movie reveals that he's already the man about town in Metropolis. While originally it was suspected Lex might make a cameo in the movie, it seems he's been relegated to merely a logo on the side of a building and some well branded (and well placed) tanker trucks. Seeing that Lex has his own tower, trucks and presumably a gang frolicking nymphos at his disposal means that his presence will be heavily felt in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Justice League might just have its first nemesis.
The most intriguing Easter egg comes in the form of Kal-El's Kryptonian cousin Supergirl. When exploring the ruined old Kryptonian research vessel that replaces the Fortress Of Solitude, Superman finds multiple cryogenic-freezing chambers used to transport Krptonians into the far corners of the galaxy. The movie focuses on a mummified corpse of an unlucky ancestor of Clark's but behind him sits an open... and empty pod.
Speaking to Crave online, producer (and wife of the director) Deborah Snyder elaborated a little:
You know what’s interesting, and I don’t know and I’m not going to say what it means or anything, but the one thing if you look closely when Henry’s going through the Fortress of Solitude there’s an empty… you know all the bodies… the pods? There’s an empty pod. I’m not going to say what, or if, it means anything but there is an empty pod there.
It’s a thing. That’s one Easter Egg that, I don’t know. Again, it might not mean anything, [but] it might mean something...
Prodded into whether or not the Easter egg was referring to Supergirl Snyder laughed and mentioned that it was important to begin world building early on in the cinematic process. Adding fuel to the fire is a prequel comic (which can be rather sneakily read here) that explains the back-story of that ill-fated vessel. It seems that Kara Zor-El managed to make it out alive after defeating a rogue prisoner who was being escorted to destinations unknown. So far it's unclear if the comic should be treated as canon, but we know for sure the open pod should be. Could Supergirl be the fifth member of the Justice League?
Lets go geeky again! During the final battle between Zod and Supes in Metropolis a neon sign for Utopia Casino can be glimpsed. In the comics, the owner of said casino is one Tony Gallo, the man who first brings Kryptonite to Metropolis. Despite previously stating that there would be no Kryptonite in the movie, Goyer certainty seems to have laid the groundwork for the green Superman-hurting rocks to show up in the sequel. (No image sorry.)
The smallest but potentially the most exciting of all the Easter eggs in my opinion comes in the form of the dinky scientist played by , Dr. Emil Hamilton. However writer David Goyer has even referenced this one, which to me gives it even more substance. Goyer told MTV that:
We mention S.T.A.R. Labs at one point, that's kind of a connection to Cyborg.
Hamilton who if you remember represents the scientific arm of the military aspect in the movie comes from S.T.A.R. labs and works (when he's not investigating Krypton) within their cold confines. S.T.A.R. labs are the infamous halls that created the half-human, half-machine hero known as Cyborg who started out with the teen-titans but in the new 52 has graduated to genuine Justice League leader. Member number six perhaps?
Anyone watch Smallville? Then you know who Chloe is. In the series Chloe Sullivan was Clark Kent's best friend while he was growing up and was responsible for a significant part of what made Clark... Clark. During a scene where pre-tornado death talks to young Supes a sign for Sullivans Truck & Tractor repair can be seen behind them in the shot. A sweet touch and a nice nod but I doubt we'll be seeing Chloe pop up in any future installments.
So that's all the Easter eggs I could find. If any of you viewers are more eagle eyed than me then leave me a comment to let me know what I might have missed! Otherwise I guess it's time to head back to the theater and scan for more clues.
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