Although Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has received a somewhat mixed reception, even the most severe of skeptics can't deny the fact that the movie is pretty deep. The story is so complex in fact that a lot of critics are calling it confusing, but after a second (or maybe even third) viewing, the plot becomes a lot easier to understand.
Probably the best benefit of giving the movie a second chance is how it presents the opportunity to spot any Easter Eggs you may have missed the first time around — and there are lot more than you might have thought. Here's a roundup of some of the less obvious Eggs that you may not have noticed during your initial viewing.
In the flashback of Bruce Wayne’s parents, we see that Bruce and his parents are coming out of a theater which has a poster for the movie Zorro, a character created back in 1919 and often considered to be the very first American superhero. Readers will know that Zorro movies are frequently featured in the comics and most likely had an influencing effect on Wayne's already traumatizing youth.
As the scene takes place in 1981, it's likely that Zorro was playing as a special presentation, but the other film showing, Excalibur, was actually new that year.
Could the young black fighter Bruce Wayne helps in the fight club when he's trying to track Knyazev actually be Luke "Batwing" Fox? We know he has a background in MMA, and considering the fact that Batman has a pretty long history prior to the film, it's certainly a possibility.
3. Vicky Vale?
A blonde woman named Vicky introduces Lex Luthor at his library benefit, prompting us to wonder if she is in fact Vicky Vale. The character previously made an appearance in Tim Burton's Batman.
4. Must There Be A Superman?
"Must there be a Superman?" This line, uttered by Charlie Rose in BvS, is not only the name of the fifth song on the soundtrack, but also a very famous comic book story arc that tackles some of the same issues as the film.
Originally the title of a story in Superman #247, the question was posed by the Guardians of the Universe, who thought the Man of Steel was interfering too much in humanity's destiny. Sounds familiar, right? Both the theme and the phrase itself have popped up quite a few times over the years since this initial story.
5. Entering The Batcave
Entering the Batcave through some sort of waterfall illusion has become an iconic feature over the years. In the case of BvS, the "waterfall" is an effect created when Bruce Wayne drives down the ramp into the reservoir on his land. It's a nice twist on a classic feature.
6. Senator Purrington
Senator Purrington (the man who sat next to Senator Finch in the Superman hearings) is in fact played by real U.S. Senator, Patrick Leahy, D-MA, a famous Bat-fan. This is far from Leahy's first cameo; he has previously appeared in Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, and even lent his voice to an episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
In BvS, General Zod's home is identified as being Kandor, a city on Krypton that was eventually stolen by Brainiac, shrunk, and hidden in a bottle for observation. In the comics, both Zod and Jax-Ur (who was referenced in Man of Steel) lived in Kandor at some point.
8. Tonga Trench
So, we can't completely confirm this one yet but it could well be an Easter Egg for the upcoming Aquaman movie. The footage of Aquaman in the files from LexCorp is shown to have been shot at the Tonga Trench, a real place in the South Pacific. The location also lines up with some of the tattoos and mythology that Jason Momoa has talked about in reference to the film.
Silas Stone refers to the Mother Box recovered by S.T.A.R. Labs as government object #6-1982. Cyborg's first ever solo comic, Tales of the New Teen Titans #1 (which detailed his origins), was released in June, 1982.
All of that graffiti had to come from somewhere and our bets are on Lonnie Machlan. The villain and antihero who recently appeared on Arrow. (Although DC has so far made it clear they intend to keep their movie and TV universes separate.)
11. Stryker's Island
The backdrop for the battle with Doomsday is actually Stryker's Island, a prison in the DC Universe named after real-life Rikers Island.
12. Superman's Death
The climax of the movie was clearly influenced by the "Death of Superman" storyline from the comics. Superman's final pose seems to be taken from The Adventures of Superman #498, which features a famous image of the superhero's body, cold on the ground. In both that famous image and the film, his arms are splayed away from his body with one hand closed and one open, his right leg straight and his left leg curled in towards the right one. Perhaps most tellingly, the camera shows him upside down in both instances.
When the painting in Lex's office is turned upside down and the demons are descending from the sky, they bear a striking resemblance to Darkseid's Parademons. Could this, along with the giant Omega symbol in the desert, be a foreshadowing for Justice League?
14. Belle Reve
Lex Luthor was thrown into none other than Belle Reve prison at the end of the movie, the very same prison that the Suicide Squad are recruited from in the upcoming movie.
15. Star Wars Prison Number
When Luthor is sent to prison, the number on his orange jumpsuit is 16-TK-421, a reference to the Stormtrooper who abandoned his post to investigate a noise on the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
If you didn't notice these the first time around, what are you waiting for?! Time for a second viewing! Watch the trailer for Batman v Superman below: