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‘Man Of Steel’ Included Nods To Lex Luthor, Batman

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If you’ve already seen Man of Steel, you have plenty of reasons to go back for another round with the “Last Kryptonian.” First and foremost are a number or clever easter eggs sprinkled throughout the movie, which included references to both Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne (aka Batman).

Most of you probably noticed the “LexCorp” logo on the fuel tanker during Superman’s climactic final battle with General Zod. But there were tons of other little in-universe nods, both to Superman mythology and branching over into Batman territory.

Also during the final battle with General Zod, the two fight in space briefly and crash into a satellite … a satellite that has the Wayne Enterprises logo on it. Fanboys have been going crazy over this easter egg, and have wondered about its implications.

Does it mean that a Justice League movie is actually imminent? Does it mean that Zack Snyder’s Superman and Christopher Nolan’s Batman share the same universe after all?

In an interview with MTV News, Snyder revealed that he just threw stuff from the comic books into Man of Steel to hint at a larger DC Universe, but without explicitly suggesting any implications.

“There’s no conference I had with DC where they said, ‘is there any way we can get Lexcorp in there? Or Wayne Enterprises’,” Snyder said. “I’m just like, this is cool stuff — we need to put it in the movie. Because I feel like it shows that there’s a big DC Universe is out there.”

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Basically, Snyder is a fanboy director.

Still, Nolan and screenwriter David Goyer’s participation in both film franchises could have led to the Wayne Enterprises satellite being put in as a sort of in-joke or wink at the Dark Knight trilogy.

We won’t know for sure until DC releases details on the future of its film universe, though previous efforts (aside from the stand-alone Dark Knight films) haven’t been able to match the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Word as of now is that the Batman franchise may be rebooted, and that Nolan’s Batman is separate from DC continuity. However, Snyder’s Man of Steel could share universes with future DC Comics adaptations.

You can check out a list of 10 Man of Steel easter eggs that you may have missed here.

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