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4. Booster Gold and Blaze Comics

A well-hidden easter egg is a very briefly visible billboard for Blaze Comics. It’s a relatively deep reference, as these things go, so if you spotted it and knew what it suggests, you’re probably more than just a fan of the few DC movies. In short, Blaze Comics is the in-universe company that publishes comics featuring Booster Gold, a time-traveler from the 25th century whose technology makes him a pretty useful member of the Justice League. A relentless self-promoter, Booster Gold hawks tales of his own adventures to increase his fame.

Booster Gold’s best incarnation may have been the late ’80s Justice League era (later Justice League International), when Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis paired him with Blue Beetle in a revamp of the team book that used more humor than was typical for the time. Will Booster Gold end up in the new Justice League film? Hard to say — this could be a digital artist’s in-joke, or a very low-key pointer that we should expect to see the character hit the big screen. (Blue Beetle, meanwhile, was once poised to get his own TV show, which never quite happened.)

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5. Supergirl

This one might actually end up being the most enticing pointer of them all, simply by being among the least-expected. When Superman finds the ages-old Kryptonian exploration vessel that serves as this film’s version of the Fortress of Solitude, he finds a few crew cryo units. At least one contains a mummified Kryptonian. (Further proof, if you need it, that such beings aren’t immortal on Earth.) Another is open, and empty.

Speaking to Crave Online, when asked about pointers to future characters in the film, producer Deborah Snyder said:

You know what’s interesting, and I don’t know and I’m not going to say what it means or anything, but the one thing if you look closely when Henry’s going through the Fortress of Solitude there’s an empty… you know all the bodies… the pods? There’s an empty pod. I’m not going to say what, or if, it means anything but there is an empty pod there.

Prodded about whether she’s referring to Supergirl, Snyder says, ”No. [Laughs] I’m not going to say anything but, it’s a thing.”

But here’s the deal: a Man of Steel prequel comic shows the craft that becomes the Fortress of Solitude arriving on Earth, with the explorer Kara Zor-El — aka Supergirl — as part of the crew. But there’s a stowaway on the ship: Dev-Em, a former explorer cadet who killed Kara’s best friend and nearly killed her. Murder isn’t something Krypton is used to (wait until they really have to deal with Zod) and Dev-Em is not properly imprisoned. He stows on Kara’s ship, and is partly responsible for the death of the other crew members.

Dev-Em and Kara are the only two left alive on the ship when it gets to Earth. Is one of them the mummy Superman sees, and is the other running around Earth somewhere? We don’t know, but the possibility that Supergirl could show up now that Kal-El has revealed himself to humanity is quite interesting. Read the prequel comic here.

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6. Carol Ferris

This last character is interesting, because we’ve just seen her portrayed on screen in Green Lantern, with Blake Lively in the role.

One of the last scenes in Man of Steel features a conversation between Superman and a military officer. That officer is accompanied by a lower-ranking woman, Major Carrie Farris, played by Christina Wren (above). Ferris’s comment that Superman is “kind of hot,” combined with her name, is being read as a revision of the Carol Ferris character from Green Lantern. Why would that be a big deal? Well, Farris has an alter-ego, Star Sapphire, who has been both villain and hero.

Now, since Warner Bros. and DC are in control of both the original Carol Ferris character and the Green Lantern film, as well as Man of Steel, there’s no reason that MoS couldn’t have given the character a full reboot. It’s not like there’s a big rights issue in the way. So this could be more of a sly nod than a pointer to the future. Seems like a pretty obvious nod to make if that’s all the character is meant to be, however.

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