I swear I didn’t know what ‘easter eggs’ were really about until articles about Man of Steel started surfacing online. Forgive my naivety, but I thought I was supposed to find real easter eggs in the movie. Thanks to the Internet, now I know what the concept really means. I was sure I would find all of them when I watched the movie. Sadly, I was given 3D glasses instead of binoculars. Lexcorp Logo was the best I could do. I wondered how (in the name of eagle eyes) others were able to spot that many references in Man of Steel. So here’s what I did. I paid the projectionist to play the movie in ultra slow-mo. And guess how many references I ended up with……. Well, the number is not really important. Nevertheless, I wish to share a bunch of important ones with the world, especially the fans of the most iconic superhero.
DISCLAIMER – SPOILERS AHEAD
1. Lois Lane takes a picture of the snow capped mountains and it is snowing. If you watch closely, one of the falling snowflakes look like Wonder Woman.
2. Kal-El/Clark Kent accesses a beacon to know his past. As we are shown the exteriors for a brief moment, one of the humps resembles The Hulk’s face when he is screaming at the Chitauri. This is in direct reference to the impending arrival of aliens.
3. As baby Kal-El makes his way to Earth in his customized space shuttle, the stars look like dots. A few of these dots can be connected to read ‘Snyder, not Nolan’.
4. In most of the behind the scenes visuals, the background is green in color. This is in direct reference to the Green Lantern.
5. Throughout the movie, General Zod never laughs, suggesting he does not want to put a smile on faces. This, of course, pulls the Joker into the picture.
6. When Superman is getting buried in skulls, you can notice clearly that one of them belongs to Marlon Brando. If you have trouble finding out which one, here’s a hint. It’s the skull with puffed up cheeks from his Godfather pose.
7. When Russell Crowe flies on the H’Raaka, an explosion occurs from behind. If you freeze this explosion at the right moment, it reads out ‘Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor’.
8. Krypton DNA is stored in the genetic codex. If you can take a closer look at the number of living cells shown in the genetic codex, it shows the exact number of people who auditioned for the role of Superman.
9. There are no bats shown in the movie, implying the absence of Batman.
10. Although Clark is fishing in mid-sea, he does not catch any fish. This references Aquaman’s hunger.
11. In the extended version available only in Blu-Ray, Clark Kent shaves his beard with kryptonite blades before donning the costume. This reconfirms his weakness for the element.
12. In the scene where Jonathan Kent gets caught in the tornado, the fierce winds form a faint face. If you have a powerful microscope, you will know the face belongs to Powergirl.
13. When Clark Kent works in a bar under a false identity, a customer acts like a total dick. This could slightly point a finger at Dick Grayson, one of the characters in DC Universe.
14. Superman tries to revive Zod by screaming. This takes a jibe at The Avengers, where Hulk does the same to revive Tony Stark.
15. If you are generous enough to stay till the end, you get to see names of all the people who have worked to make this movie happen.
Let me know if you can find out more references. Best of luck!!