If you’re a DC Comics guru, then you have surely heard the name Richard Donner. The man was the director behind 1978’s original live-action adaptation of Superman, and his vision of the hero still resonates with fans today. The film, which featured Christopher Reeves playing Clark Kent, was an action-packed ride that pitted the hero against his nemesis Lex Luthor. And, now, a group of fans recently discovered a clever nod to the director’s film in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Over on Reddit, @halast posted the sneaky nod after having watched the 2016 film for the fifth time. In the image, fans can see a wall of newspapers collected which various headlines, but there is one very familiar story tacked up. To the right, there is a headline that reads, “Superman Shifts Tectonic Plate; Prevents Devastating Earthquake.”
As fans know, Superman: The Movie featured a very similar event. The film followed Lex Luthor as the villain tried to wipe out the California coastline by forcing the San Adreas Fault to crack. When the baddie’s plans began to unfold, Superman was there to save the day. The hero was seen reconnecting the tectonic plates to prevent a massive earthquake that would have obliterated the sunny state.
You can check out the rest of the Batman v Superman easter eggs gathered by ComicBook.com here.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
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Directed by Zack Snyder, the film features Oscar-winner Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Superman/Clark Kent and also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams (American Hustle, Man of Steel) as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Man of Steel) as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do with It, Man of Steel) as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) as Alfred, and Holly Hunter (The Piano) as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot (the Fast and Furious films) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and its Ultimate Edition are now available on Digital HD and Blu-ray.