Check Out Warner Bros. Easter Eggs That Hinted at Batman/Superman Crossover for Years

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Warner Bros’ announcement that the sequel to Man of Steel will be a Batman/Superman team-up is big news.  But it is also a totally natural development, one that has been rumored and desired for years.  Charles Roven, a producer on Man of Steel and Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy, famously denied the possibility in 2011:

“That may be in somebody’s mind but right now the Batman lives in his world and the Superman lives in his world.  Those stories are those stories and we haven’t thought beyond each individual picture.”

I would change the wording a bit to say “That may be in everybody at Warner Bros’ mind,” because we have seen Easter eggs that hint at a Batman/Superman crossover in many recent WB properties: Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Superman Returns—even I Am Legend and Fringe.  Follow the trail after the jump.

[This post contains spoilers for Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises]

Let’s start with the most convincing and—not coincidentally—most recent.

Man of Steel

Zack Snyder revealed before the release of Man of Steel:

“The Wayne Enterprises logo is on a satellite that Zod destroys.”

We will have to wait for the DVD release for a good, legal screencap, but the director’s word is good enough for now.  This suggests the Batman/Superman crossover was somewhere around Likely by post-production on Man of Steel.

Additionally, Dosis Dei [via Bleeding Cool] noticed interesting design hidden in Jor-El’s costume in Man of Steel.

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Whoa!  I feel reasonably sure that is an intentional Batman logo.  This next logo…not so much.

The Dark Knight Rises

ComicBook.com sees the Superman logo in the Dark Knight Rises poster.

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Don’t see it?  Me neither.  Let’s zoom in:

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A bit of a stretch, but maybe if you squint through your hindsight glasses.

Superman Returns

To get back on solid ground, there is a news segment in Superman Returns that highlights Superman’s visits to various cities including Gotham, Batman’s stomping grounds.  (Sorry, couldn’t find a clip, but it’s well-documented.)  Pretty straightforward—now let’s get back to the more obscure.

I Am Legend and Fringe

In I Am Legend, there is a billboard in a deserted Times Square with that combines the Batman and Superman logos:

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In an alternate universe in Fringe, Warner Bros. is already on Superman vs. Batman 2 [via i09]:

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Unfortunately, The Hex of the Hydra remains in the alternate universe where revisiting Indiana Jones 20 years later isn’t sad.

Back to The Dark Knight Rises

We can file the final item under Unlikely But Fascinating.  Some took issue with a couple apparent shortcuts at the end of The Dark Knight Rises.  1) How did Batman get from the prison located on the other side of the world back to Gotham unnoticed, without access to his vast resources?  2) How did Batman escape alive when we see him on The Bat with seconds left until a nuclear bomb detonates?  Nerve Protein posits a crazy but well-reasoned conspiracy theory:

“Perhaps [Batman excapes] with the help of a stranger he met in his travels back to Gotham? Perhaps the very same person who helped him return to his city to save it from certain destruction? Someone with whom speed is not an issue? Someone who also shares an alter ego?

I’m talking of course about Superman.”

This would be terrible storytelling, to leave the story ostensibly unfinished before revealing several years later, “A Superman did it.”  But picture a flashback down the line where we see Superman fly Batman to safety, chased by a nuclear explosion.  What a payoff!

Hope this was a fun diversion.  Do you see any I missed?  Can you find better evidence for the reference to a “man seen flying” in The Dark Knight Rises than I did?

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  • Aorta

    Superman drops off batman then sits around and waits to pick him up from the batwing? Come on, superman literally could have diffused the whole Gotham occupation in literally 3 seconds. 1 second to spot the bomb, 1 second to throw it into the sun, and 1 second to get scolded at by batman for doing it. Its the reason why Superman cannot exist in Nolan’s Batman universe.

    • Alex Tong

      yep! Superman = Top Trump when it comes to movie scale crime fighting.

    • Alex Tong

      yep! Superman = Top Trump when it comes to movie scale crime fighting.

    • vw5u56hb6usv

      Clark wouldn’t be able to flight by the time “Rises” takes place. It was a task for Batman.

      • Jonboy

        That’s a good point. I hope they don’t mess with the timelines just to make The Dark Knight Rises look better.

    • alexmarques92

      I think i read somewhere that Nolan’s B-Man is its own trilogy, but that doesnt mean people can’t hope and pray that the events of Man Of Steel take place slightly around the time before TDKR…… Possibly having Cal-El being prepared to do something like Save Bruce…..

  • Aorta

    Superman drops off batman then sits around and waits to pick him up from the batwing? Come on, superman literally could have diffused the whole Gotham occupation in literally 3 seconds. 1 second to spot the bomb, 1 second to throw it into the sun, and 1 second to get scolded at by batman for doing it. Its the reason why Superman cannot exist in Nolan’s Batman universe.

  • Ty

    I don’t like the idea of superman vs batman

    • Strong Enough

      then you don’t know comics

  • Ty

    I don’t like the idea of superman vs batman

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    The desbris in the Dark Knight Rises poster is exactly that. Debris.

    Whatever Warner’s , Goyer and Snyder have up their sleeves, it’s going to have to be ingenious for the movie to work.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    The desbris in the Dark Knight Rises poster is exactly that. Debris.

    Whatever Warner’s , Goyer and Snyder have up their sleeves, it’s going to have to be ingenious for the movie to work.

  • Guest

    Pretty sure Fringe is owned by Fox and is not a WB property.

    • Lex Walker

      Nope, it’s owned by WB. Fox just broadcast it.

    • Lex Walker

      Nope, it’s owned by WB. Fox just broadcast it.

  • Guest

    Pretty sure Fringe is owned by Fox and is not a WB property.

  • sense11

    I dont care if its crazy, i love obsessing about these characters. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS MOVIE

  • RiddleThemThis

    These are all pretty far-fetched.

  • RiddleThemThis

    These are all pretty far-fetched.

  • disqus_buK4iHMTJs

    In Memento there is a pawn shop with the Superman & Batman logos painted on the window.

    • Melvin White

      does this mean guy pearce is gonna play aqua man?

      • Al

        No, apparently he was lined up to play Batman before Bale so I wouldn’t be surprised if they go for him as Bats in Superman vs Batman

      • Jack

        Oh dear, JGL might be mad. hope he doesnt sick his new pals the avengers on him

      • bidi

        haha that is hilarious. now get back to arkham! (’cause your name is melvin white…)

      • alexmarques92

        i am not sure if Guy Pearce can play a role in a DC movie, most likely based on the fact he was in IronMan 3

  • disqus_buK4iHMTJs

    In Memento there is a pawn shop with the Superman & Batman logos painted on the window.

  • IGM

    Supes meets Bruce Wayne near prison, Supes takes Bruce to get the Clean Slate and Bruce has now some kind of leverage to go back to Gotham. Meanwhile Supes is busy with other business but he agreed to go help Gotham after what he has to do. And with the magic of nonsense storytelling he finishes and goes full speed to Gotham just in time to save the Bat. Then he continues to train his full powers. BYEEEE :)

  • Alex Tong

    It’s almost a shame we’ve revealed all of Superman’s back story with Man of Steel because with the Clark Kent that was reluctant to use his powers they could have had some real fun with a chance meeting with Bruce Wayne. Clark could have used Bruce/Batman as his inspiration for fighting crime and becoming Superman. Not canon I know but it would have made a sweet tie in.
    As it stands I’m struggling to see a use for Batman in Superman’s world… other than the obligatory “control room” donkey work and I don’t think any of us want to see Christian Bale’s Batman reduced to that level of mediocre!

  • Alex Tong

    It’s almost a shame we’ve revealed all of Superman’s back story with Man of Steel because with the Clark Kent that was reluctant to use his powers they could have had some real fun with a chance meeting with Bruce Wayne. Clark could have used Bruce/Batman as his inspiration for fighting crime and becoming Superman. Not canon I know but it would have made a sweet tie in.
    As it stands I’m struggling to see a use for Batman in Superman’s world… other than the obligatory “control room” donkey work and I don’t think any of us want to see Christian Bale’s Batman reduced to that level of mediocre!

  • Yup

    To put the Batman Logo as Part of the Symbol of Hope on Jor-El’s costume is fantastic.

  • Yup

    To put the Batman Logo as Part of the Symbol of Hope on Jor-El’s costume is fantastic.

  • KidTsunami

    According to IMDB that appears to just be some in-joke about a failed Batman vs Superman screenplay…

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480249/trivia?item=tr0773228

  • KidTsunami

    According to IMDB that appears to just be some in-joke about a failed Batman vs Superman screenplay…

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480249/trivia?item=tr0773228

  • Person

    Doesn’t Batman launch his escape pod thing during that first explosion while the Bat is dragging the bomb over the city? Whenever we see Batman flying the machine after that it’s a super close-up so we get no context as to where he is, so the Bat was on autopilot and got destroyed in the nuke blast. That was always my understanding/how my friend explained it to me so I just went with it.

    Still don’t really get how he got back to the US from wherever the pit was (I guess he could do it relatively incognito since he was bearded and gross), and I guess he got into Gotham via his ice-walking abilities from Batman Begins. But adding Superman to the TDKR equation, especially after Nolan emphasized how his trilogy has nothing to do with the rest of the DC universe, is dumb.

    All the “plot holes” in TDKR are annoying but forgivable cuz of how entertaining it was. Same with Man of Steel. Not a great movie, but a perfectly acceptable one. Was hoping for a solo sequel before jumping into universe-building but World’s Finest is a long time coming.

    Good luck WB/DC.

    • Faptain America

      Maybe the pit was in, you know, Long Island. And Bruce Wayne just took a Greyhound. TDKR doesn’t say whether it was US or non-US.

  • Yurine

    What the hell dude.

  • ThinkPeople

    “without access to his vast resources?” Are people serious with this question? Like Bruce wouldn’t have multiple offshore bank accounts for backup? Like Bruce wouldn’t still be influential and have connections across the globe?

  • Nicholas

    It would be cool if Bruce Wayne design Bat-costume (utility belt, Bat-mobile parts?), actually made out of Krypton material. It would make him nearly invulnerable when fighting with Superman, you know fist-impacting, heat vision, etc.

  • Al

    So what’s this guy trying to say? That Jor-El is actually Batman and will return in Supes vs Batman to fight his own son?!!

    • Cynical Calamari

      You are a fool…

      but have a hug. *throws you a python*

  • bidi

    i can’t stop thinking about the passage they read from DKR when they revealed Batman to be in the MOS sequel. i feel like they’re gonna put Batman in an Iron Man suit so he actually stands a chance against Supes. i fear they’re gonna pander even more to the Marvel crowd. god i hope i’m wrong. the only acceptable way to have Batman beat Superman is to outsmart him… and kryptonite

  • Jonboy

    Is Nolan DC’s version of Joss Whedon now?

    They should leave Dark Knight Rises alone. It was perfectly full of plot holes as it is. Don’t fill them in now.

    So the next movie they establish the existence of Kryptonite and that Batman is around and that Superman and him fight it off and now Batman is cooler for beating Supes…..real stretch if you ask me.

    • Cynical Calamari

      Nolan universe is separate. They’re just mentioning it because it’s the most recent, impactful Batman iteration.

      • Jonboy

        I am happy not touching The Dark Knight trilogy. I am wondering how they are going to bring in Batman into the new Man of Steel universe. Will he have his own movie or will they introduce him in this sequel?

        I mentioned Nolan because it seems he may oversee the superman movies so if they bring in Batman he will be part of that story development as well. It’s kind of like how Joss Whedon takes a glance at all Avenger character movies.

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    Check out my video (Man of Steel Easter Eggs!) I found this easter egg first and people told me I was fool.. Finally someone who gets what Im trying to say. Also subscribe for more DC/Marvel News. Thank you

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  • Ethan Kett

    you’re kidding, right? zoom in on a rock, call it superman, circle an area in the shape of a bat and call it batman, what has the world come to?

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